Reflection: Student Ownership Putting the Pieces Together: Social Commentary Work Day - Section 2: Social Commentary Work Time


As you may have noticed in my video today, my class room was quite loud for most of the period. This kind of classroom makes me very happy. Here's why...

When I was student teaching, I was marked down for having a loud/messy classroom. My students were totally on task and there was a great deal of learning going on, but my observing professor thought there was too much chaos for any real learning to happen. 

That was the one bit of critique that I have worked my whole career to disprove. In my 11 years of teaching, I have found that the messy/loud classrooms are often the most functional. Now, I am not so naive to believe that when students are being loud, they are engaged, but I do think that engaged students are often loud. It is my job as the teacher to be engaged as well sot hat those who are off task are "gently" reminded to get back to it while those who are working hard get the benefit of unrestrained conversation/collaboration. 

Today was no exception to that rule. There were definitely kids off task and I had to have conversations with them about their projects and their need to get to it. Generally speaking, though, there was some very cool work happening and I am glad that I listened to my students requests for time as I think their final projects will benefit. 

  Organized Chaos
  Student Ownership: Organized Chaos
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Putting the Pieces Together: Social Commentary Work Day

Unit 15: Argument: Analyzing and Creating Social Commentary
Lesson 8 of 9

Objective: SWBAT produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience by drafting and revise their final social commentary projects.

Big Idea: Some times you have to invest some work time so that their projects will (hopefully) be better thought through and executed.

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