Reflection: Classroom Setup Preparing for a Seminar on Horror - Section 2: Gallery Walk: Poe Artwork


Today's "gallery walk" was kind of a mess, for two reasons: for one, some of my students think "time to move" = recess.  That's just the age, and some days are just like that.  The main problem -- which does NOT depend on the day --  is that I have too many kids and too many desks in the room for these movement-oriented/non seatwork activities.

I am sure I don't need to discuss class sizes to any teacher who has spent five minutes in a classroom.  However, I do think it is important to note that, in an English classroom, there is a huge difference between 22 and 28.  My "perfect" class would be between 20-24 kids.  Twenty-eight changes things.  

Some of the problems that I have relate to teaching style.  When I was a kid in private school, our classes were massive.  We all sat in "corn rows" and there was one teacher (a nun) at the front.  You did not move -- at all -- without a really good reason.  Hands up to talk.  Hands folded to listen.

My classroom is not like that.  I move furniture several times a week, reconfiguring our space for discussions, group work, peer collaboration, debates, etc.  We do several different activities an hour.  We need wall space for our chart paper.  And my classroom is noisy, because I am always seeking engagement.

Gallery walks are fun.  They allow students to share their work and to analyze the work of their peers.  But I think I need to try something else.  Instead of sharing in "real" time, we might need to share through Google Drive or Moodle or some other way.  I know there is a good solution to my "traffic jam," but I wish the answer were "smaller classes." 

  Traffic Jam!
  Classroom Setup: Traffic Jam!
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Preparing for a Seminar on Horror

Unit 6: Unlocking Mood and Other Elements of Horror
Lesson 17 of 18

Objective: SWBAT practice crafting answers to multi-layered questions about the works we read in the horror unit.

Big Idea: A horror seminar is a lot less scary if you prepare for it ahead of time...

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