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Wake up sleeping students

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James Steele Foerch (alrai)
Sat, 29 Aug 1998 17:56:25 -0400


Dear Ruth,
Nothing embarrasses us teachers more than
dozing kids. I try to avoid the problem by
planning very active lessons which require
individual, small group, cooperative and whole
class activities. Students really do want to
learn, but often bring negative expectations and
avoidance behaviors which they automatically
slip into. I try to ask any child who puts her
head down if she is ill or truly tired and just
how much she wants me to bug her to get back on
task. I get honest answers and this validation
of the student's choice demonstrates my respect
for my kids, but also reminds them that we both
have jobs to do: I teach, they learn.
I only conduct official class discussions
when a burning issue crops up naturally; then
all the kids are interested. Otherwise the
subject matter and learning tasks are directly
delivered as I mentioned above.
Have fun with your kids; I do!
Jim Foerch
Pine Creative Arts Academy
Grand Rapids, Michigan

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