Friday, June 16, 2017

Managing Crowds: ClassDojo (Part 1) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

Managing Crowds: ClassDojo (Part 1) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:

Managing Crowds: ClassDojo (Part 1)

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There you stand trying to get the attention of your thirty-four students. Each one is so different from the others that it would take hours to list their physical, mental, emotional, and cultural differences. Yet, your job is to impart to this group a very specific body of information and skills in a prescribed amount of time using prescribed texts and materials — and you are to keep them quiet, attentive, and on-task after you give them an assignment. It is totally impossible to do hour-after-hour, day-after-day.
Further, you are to take into consideration that the students come from many different subcultures and families with very different philosophies of life, religious beliefs, and ethical-moral standards. In your presentations you must understand and anticipate these enormous differences and must be careful not to say anything that may contradict what their parents or subculture believes. Since, even though in each subculture, there are major differences in interpretation, you must not offend any of them. Of course, this is also impossible!
Every second of every minute of every hour you are faced constantly with split second decisions in what you say and do depending on what the student or students are really doing or not doing. You are expected to plan for and have Managing Crowds: ClassDojo (Part 1) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:


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