3/16 Scribe Post

Bellwork: Venn diagram on how to move lessons towards inquiry (last week’s reading), the rhythm of teaching (this week’s reading), and how they go together

Last week: start specific and open it up, starts off teacher centered and moves away

This week: IRF instead of IRE, encourages tentative answers, find a piece that is right and move it forward (shaping with your position of authority, starts out broad (with all the kids ideas) and attempts to focus in on a concept (towards the scientific story), teacher’s role to shape the conversation

Both: identifying misconceptions, the five E model, start off with an experience (even if it is very simple) and add layers to it as you move along (towards complex)

Often, the two sides appear to be opposing or working in opposite directions; moving towards inquiry fits in at the initial portion of the M&S rhythm

Move ownership to students over the course of the year while each unit starts out open ended with all the students’ ideas and wraps up with the scientific story

Conversations should revolve around the implementation of our innovative units, ground our innovative unit in theoretical frameworks that we have been developing

Full time grad school and teaching is hard, here’s a checkup

On a scale of 1-10

How are you doing with identifying what’s most important every day?

How are you doing with balancing those things?

How are you doing with owning your own stress? (I’ve got this; these are decisions that are within my control)

How are you doing at seeing your successes and evidence of growth (stuff that works)

Discussion with Thomas and Andrea from last week

Split into two groups; each discussed a lesson that could be more innovative and some ways to do so

Pitches from last week – an innovative unit based on iwaswondering.org

Recapped pitches from last week and gave the rest of the pitches

Spent time working on developing our innovative units

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Classroom Management

I apologize for the late post; I decided to do zero work over vacation and forgot about my responsibility to blog.

With the help of JoAnn Morreale, we explored all the various aspects that are encompassed by the term “classroom management.”  As the most effective way to teach classroom management, JoAnn taught our class using the techniques as she presented them to us.

From the very start, with a new desk layout and a bell work designed to cater to the various intelligences.  Each of four groups took on a different task, ranging from listing components of classroom management to drawing classroom that reflects our classroom management philosophy.  (As it turns out, the arrangement of our classroom that day was quite close to the sketch that group came up with).

As we moved on, it occurred to me that we were not only learning about how to manage a classroom, we were also learning how inclusive the term “classroom management” is.  Anything that is done in a classroom, in preparing for a day in a classroom, and in debriefing after a day in the classroom can fall under classroom management if the related actions are carried out with the students in mind.  For example, preparing a lesson that includes differentiated instruction, though it may be part of planning, is also classroom management.  So is putting up an agenda, laying out the classroom, and chatting with students outside the classroom.  In the classroom, actions such as giving specific praise, highlighting student achievements, and extending wait times are all aspects of classroom management.  After classes, prompt feedback on graded work, specific comments on papers, and collecting pencils for future use also fall under the umbrella of classroom management.  These techniques, and many more, were all demonstrated by JoAnn over the course of the class.

Resources:

In highlighting the work of members of our cohort, JoAnn provided us all with a few resources that may be useful in the classroom.

Heather showed us a youtube video that was very effective in her class which can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnhcjEjvbrw.  Videos are often successful because they are entertaining, provide variety in lesson format, and often connect to popular culture.  They can be very effective as openers to start lessons with, as Heather did, or to summarize content that has already been presented in a different format.

Heather also provided a link to a macroscopic cell, which can be seen here: http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2008/11/20/gromia-zoom.html

A question about viewing/downloading youtube videos came up.  Miro and Vtunnel were both suggested.  Personally, I use a FireFox addon called DownloadHelper (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3006), which allows youtube videos to be downloaded as .flv files.  I use VLC Media Player (http://www.videolan.org/)  to play back .flv files.

In addition, Chris shared one of his classroom management techniques, namely providing the students with a step by step guide through the day’s activities.  This has already been described on the blog.

I apologize if I have omitted any parts of the session, please feel free to drop me an email or post follow-ups if I have.

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