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<< Subject: A Question about Teaching
Gail--the best way for kids to learn and develop is to do both--guide and
leave alone. After I present my lesson, I give the students 5-10 minutes to
interpret and begin. I then circulate, look carefully but quickly at each
work ,making succinct, but relative comments to everyone--"Good", " You've
got the right idea"," A liitle too small", etc.--I offer more assistance to
those in desparate need, but insist that they make an attempt. I then leave
them alone till near the end of the class, when I circulate again, hold up
work ,critique, provide closure. We cleanup, lineup and then the next wave of
students come in.
It's important to circulate the room for four reasons--to see how
well you taught the lesson, to see what and how well the students interpret
the lesson, and, with your presence and proximity, to keep students on task
and confirm your interest in their progress. It's also important to give
your studens ample time and freedom to express their individual styles. CL in