WEAPONS OF MASS INSTRUCTION

 

Snapshots of a Standards-based Classroom

 

 

"I developed the Great Teacher Theory...the cornerstone of the theory was that great teachers had great personalities and the greatest teachers had outrageous personalities."

-Pat Conroy

 

 

The Classroom

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Might have desks in rows but more often desks will be clustered to allow interaction, or there will be tables to use.

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Might be noisy as students talk and work together.

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Might look messy as students are involved in complex, long-range tasks involving multiple activities.

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Should be full of students work for viewing.

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Will offer working areas which are comfortable and have varied resource materials.

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Will have evidence of student collaboration in posted lists, signs, rules, mementos, and presentations.

 

The Students

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Will sometimes be working alone but more often will be working in groups.

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Will be able to explain what they are doing and why.

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Will be respectful to each other and any adults in the room.

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Will be collaborative rather than competitive. with classmates.

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Will ask questions as often as answer them.

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Will be able to discuss what they are learning and how they can use it.

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Will use rubrics to self-asses their work.

 

The Teacher

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Might be hard to find among the students.

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Will be facilitating student learning - sometimes by direct instruction but more often by coordinating group and individual activities.

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May be assisted by other adults in the classroom.

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Will be interacting with students in an encouraging and respectful way.

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Can explain what students are doing and why.

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Can discuss the alignment of student activities and tasks with district and state standards.

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Asks open ended questions and helps students learn the processes needed to problem solve for answers.

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Has a portfolio with collected artifacts and reflections on the year's activities.

 

The Student Work

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Will often be evaluated with rubrics developed by the teachers and students.

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Might integrate content areas.

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Might deal with real community problems.

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Will often be accompanied by student and teacher reflection on the process and product.

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Will often depend on the work of other students and contribute to a larger task the class is completing.

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Will be publicly available for others to view, assess, and enjoy.

-Barbara Benson

 

 

 “Das beste oder nichts."

The best or nothing.