Thanks for all the input
I teach general chemistry parts I and II concurrently, different students of course, a class called Health chemistry, which is less rigorous and for students applying for nursing school or physical therapy. I also teach one section of organic chemistry.
The classes are small the maximum per section that is allowed is 24 students, However at the beginning of each semester a couple of sections will have one or two over since drops are expected.
Classrooms are small, thus visually seing the presentations is not a problem. All my powerpoints come straight from the book in terms of tables and graphics as well as worked out examples. Since they come from the book the student can follow directly from the book.
Where I teach students are allowed to print free (I do believe there is a maximum daily limit, however) thus there is really no excuse not to have them. They can download them from three different places. The problem is that some students dont print them and also they do not purchase the book. Either of the two would be nice. But not having them either is inexcusable.
As mentioned by several of you, I too have noticed that since I switched to powerpoints I do tend to go faster. Every semester I have a detailed calendar for the students, based on previous semesters, from these calendars I have noticed that some chapters are taking less lectures than when I used strictly chalk and board.
I still do use the board a lot, however, some of the younger students have come to expect to have everything in the power points.
I too have evaluations, from the department, the problem is that many times the students do not elaborate on their critiques, just providing a numerical value to each questions ( I should probably create my own). Then again I recently had a comment on one evaluation in which the student said that he did not like the class since one actually "had to read and study to pass".
The movie real genius also came to mind recently. I showed up to class and up until five minutes after class started I only had one student. Very depressing. Half an hour later the class had filled up more, howerver, I think pop quizes are in order.
Thanks again and hope to hear more opinions.