A recent article by Susan Cook and Karen Krupar (2010) shows the changing socio-economic dynamics of current college students: as a result we need to rely on different types of teaching styles to address the changes. Here are two different but memorable ones. About ten years ago I saw a shift in the classroom population and the mix of new cultural diversity while teaching various relational communication classes.
To illustrate: One of my students, a young international woman was residing with her mother, and the mother became ill and died. The young woman escorted her mother's body home to the Caribbean for burial. When she returned to school, she assumed she would have to drop my course because of missed time. Instead, she and I worked together, turning her missed work into an insightful learning experience.
In light of the changing dynamics of the classroom, I started to think of more relevant materials I could use in a short segment of time: sometimes lessons are taught in a single class period, offering more "ah-hah" moments of self-discovery. Although lecturing reaches large classrooms, learning is also absorbed through auditory, tactile, or visual preferences and experiences.