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Re: A Question about Teaching

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menichino (menichino)
Sun, 20 Jun 1999 22:28:59 -0400

Hi all --
Related to this thread -- I sometimes (actually, more often lately...) have
a problem with kids jumping up out of their seats and coming over to me to
ask questions or show me stuff, even though I remind them to stay in their
seats and raise their hands. The 2nd and 3rd graders especially seem to
forget this reminder. I tell them that while they're sitting there waiting
for me they just may solve their own problems. Does anyone have a policy
of making kids stay in their seats during class? It just seems so
impractical when they may need to get up to get a pencil or whatever. Any
advice or helpful hints for this problem? (I sometimes tell them they make
me feel like a mommy dog with all these puppies coming running after me,
but they don't seem to take the hint!)
Liz in rural NY

> So far I have read 3 responses to your question, and I agree with all of
> them. Art is not "do page 46 for homework, please" course work (and
> hopefully math is no longer like that either). I believe meaning is
> constructed both by doing AND by interacting, so that children encounter
> more information on which to build more knowledge.
> Sit back? I don't think I sit down, ever. I can't believe someone would
> want/ expect a teacher (regaradless of subject matter) to abstain from
> monitoring student progress. Personally, the 1:1 interactions are my
> favorite part of teaching... coaching and coaxing students to discover
> new ideas, processes, techniques, etc., that enhance their work. Let
> them discover, but be their guide, know what I mean?
> Keep up with your style. It has class (both meanings) written all over
> it!
> M.Grosspietsch
> Gail1611 wrote:
> >
> > Hi Everyone,
> > I've had this put to me twice by 2 bosses so I guess I need some feed
back on
> > what you all think? The question is this: You've presented a new
project, set
> > up directions, answered questions, and have materials ready. Now do
> > expect to basically sit back and let the kids do the project all on
> > own ? I feel going around the room and helping kids(grades 1-5),
> > suggestions, asking them to re-think a process he or she is doing helps
> > students to do a better and more thorough job. My 2 bosses feel I work
> > hard and should let the kids discover it all on their own. What do
> > think is the best way for the kids to learn and develop? And it
doesn't have
> > to be either of these ways. Thanks for your input. Gail