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RE: 2400 seconds (40 minutes)


Date: Wed Sep 11 2002 - 10:29:00 PDT

> So, approximately 100 seconds (1-1/2 minutes) per student per class.

With luck and without "Ralph" ;-)

>> Times 180 days/year IF you meet with them everyday = 18,000
>> seconds/student-year, or 300 minutes/student-year, or 5

Times 38 actually. So divide up the total 30-45 minutes per year by 38 and
you get a little more than a minute per kid.

(Now I was a quiet kid mostly, and my work was maybe slightly better than
average if only because I liked doing art more than talking or goofing off
so I stayed on task. I put no demand on the teacher and so effictively hid
myself in the cracks. She had little need to pay attention to me. Which
at age 10 was, I felt just fine. I probably got less than half a minute on
average of any teachers time in a given 40 minute specialist's period.)

By the end of the second week of school the classroom teacher has
technically seen the kids in their class MORE than I will over the entire
year! (excluding encounters in the hall and after school) Over the 6 years
of elementary school only about 6 kids will have been in my class each
year. The others will have gone on to other schools after a year or two.

Each class (all 608 of them in my school year) WILL be different. And
every year will be different. This is given.

Still there is always an "on the average" perspective which is useful to
have and which consciously or not shapes the real-time, never-average,
class time.

I see lessons formatted in increments of so many minutes for each
task/segment but obviously it never works out that way in practice. The
data is useful for making rule of thumb, on the fly decisions. As a new
teacher I think I could be more effective if I had a better idea of how
more experienced teachers used their time on average. Eventually such
learning becomes intuitive bevhavior.