Sunday, April 28, 2013
For my final C4T assignments I visited William Chamberlain’s blog At the Teacher’s Desk. The post I commented on is called “They Had to Prepare for Success”. This post was about his students failing to complete an assignment in class due to beginning the project before they fully comprehend the instructions. In his blog post he states: “I am sure that the responsibility lies with me. I intentionally keep my mitts off the students work. If they ask questions I send them to other students to have them answered. Typically this works very well. It requires the students to get over their fear of asking others for help (others who are not the adult in charge.) It didn't work this time because none of the groups really understood what to do. It wasn't that they were not capable or that I didn't show them (several times). Their problem is they excel at school so much they don't know that they can't figure it out even when they aren't really paying attention. Basically they get started before they hear the instructions and assume they can figure it out.” I think that his approach to answering his students’ questions by sending them to other students is a great idea, but it didn’t work this time. Obviously the approach did not fail because it wasn’t a good idea; it failed because many children are so eager to start and finish projects that they fail to follow the instructions correctly therefore they need to be redirected during the process. I left a comment on this post but Mr. Chamberliain’s comments are not working on this blog. His last post on “At the Teacher’s desk” is a farewell post to the blog. He is now posting on his new blog-#WmChamberlain.
The last two posts on this blog correlate with each other; they are about another interesting approach Mr. Chamberlain tries in his classroom. One of the posts titled “Mr C, What is a Real World Scenario?” Mr. Chamberlain tells about an assignment that required students to calculate a class trip; including expenses such as gas, hotel, food, and souvenirs. The original assignment ultimately proved to be entirely too expensive and some feedback showed students would have enjoyed it if the project was a little more customizable. So, Mr. Chamberlain changed up the assignment and had stellar results. He concluded his discussion stating “The reality is this has been a great way to get our minds off of test prep for a few days and get them engaged and rejuvenated for math.” After reading the posts I commented and agreed that this was a great way to get students interested in the topic at hand. You can read my comment by visiting Mr. Chamberlain’s post “It Would Have Been More Fun If It Was Figuring Out a Trip for Us: Mr. C, What Is a Real World Scenario Part 2”