Teachers are Committed to Students and Their Learning

All five science classes of Mrs. Green are filled with enthusiastic learners. Each class has a completely different vibe though. The class I will be teaching I can only describe as eager. Each of the students in this classroom will go above and beyond what the teacher wants them to do. Mrs. Green has told me that this class, in particular, could spend an entire day talking about a topic that has been brought up. She lets them do this because they are curious and she does not want to interupt their thinking processes. This class is the class that is usually a day or two behind the others, but it does not bother Mrs. Green because they are LEARNING. While most of the students in the classroom are eager to  learn and get their opinion heard there are other students that would rather sit back and listen to the talk unfold. These more quiet students still get time to speak though. Mrs. Green does an activity called “Tabletop Twitter”. Thought provoking questions will be put on each large table and students get the opportunity to walk around and look at all of them. After she has given them a minute or two to collect their thoughts they will take their pencils are go write a response on the paper. It can be anonymous or they can sign their name. They must answer or write a detailed response to every question. Most of the questions are opinions so they know there is no right or wrong answer. After they write their responses the students then have some more time to go back and look at what others said. They can write a response to that person or just move on. This gives the students in the classroom that are too shy to speak up for fear of being wrong some relief. They are still getting to express their opinion. Mrs. Green realizes that all students have strong opinions, but some have trouble getting that opinion out when their peers are listening in. These questions always have something to do with the unit that is being taught, but in a different more thought provoking way. Mrs. Green says that she wants her students to be able to have intelligent discussions about the real issues in the world. They need to learn from a young age how to state their opinion and also how to respectfully disagree with someone else’s opinion.

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One thought on “Teachers are Committed to Students and Their Learning

  1. Emma, This activity also will help a teacher GET TO KNOW HER STUDENTS. Whether or not students sign their name, I bet Mrs. Green knows who writes what. This allows her additional insight to provide the learning that these students need. Since these students are so “eager” a challenge will be how to “cash in” and channel that enthusiasm so that students achieve the goals you set for them.

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