in theory…

So we are aware that I am officially an ED major now, and as such am beginning to realize there are more questions than answers when thinking about education policy and procedure in our fine country… (snort).

Teachers and even professors are bound by myriad rules put in place not to harm but to ensure the leveling of a playing field as crooked as a politician during election season. Unfortunately, plans that often are sublime on paper fail miserably when one adds the imperfect human element to the mix.

SO… there are rules and regulations, and there are humans with many different levels of education and experience interpreting them. Add to the mix each instructor’s input, desires, quirks, and ulterior motives, and one sees it is damn near impossible to actually create any semblance​ of fairness or equitability in a single classroom, let alone when multiplying by each school district times county times state… gulp. A formidable​ task to say the least.

So how does a neophyte address these issues? I have been gleaning small tidbits of how and why to do things based on my own classroom experiences. Sadly, I report that I have more items listed in the “NEVER, EVER DO” column than in the “OOH, GREAT IDEA” one. But it is a start, and we must start somewhere…

One thing I am thinking of doing for “warm-up,” which we have as allocated time for our own resources, is 4 level sentence diagramming. One interesting sentence on the board, from classic literature, pertainings somehow to our daily work. We discuss, and if they write it in their comp book, which I supply, then the next day when we discuss another sentence, I walk around and put smiles or checks on the previous page. Simple way to motivate, and no actual grading. Can be added as points toward final grade, and has the added bonus​ of… wait for it… actually encouraging deeper reading and explication skills!!! In an ENGLISH class!! WOOT! =) =) I am learning it does not take moving mountains, but rather small insights, to create a better and more inclusive classroom. Thoughts by my more illustrious​ betters? Gotta go study not, peeps. Namaste, and thanks for being here. =)

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kat
    Jan 31, 2017 @ 13:25:57

    I don’t have any K-12 experience, but I can tell you that at the college level students will do almost anything for a few points. Doesn’t really matter if you use that to count as their participation or attendance or what, they’ll do little activities like that if they get something out of the deal. And I think your sentence diagramming idea sounds like fun.

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    • tishmoon
      Jan 31, 2017 @ 15:49:43

      Being a college student myself, I can vouch for the veracity of your statement! =) I think it is important to give the second formers the same kind of deal, hopefully it will empower them to understand THEY do have some control over what happens to them. =) And thank you for liking my diagramming idea, I LOVE 4 level analysis because it really is simple and FUN! =)

      Thanks for your input, Kat! =)

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