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I've found it very useful (so far no practical application) to watch good teachers in the classroom with real students.  There are some videos on YouTube, but less than 5 that I could find.
Anyone know of other video to observe a real classroom (preferably math)?
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Did you check out the teaching channel? I've found some really nice things there.
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Solving Proofs is not a Spectator Sport. A Football Analogy. Imagine you're an American high school student, but you don't know anything about the game of football. One day, I tell you that there's this wonderful game and you should learn how to play it. I take you to the stadium and sit you ...
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For either middle or high school, what are the pros/cons for randomly assigning students to a new seat as they come in every day?  Is consistency of seat important?  Is it valuable to let them choose to sit next to their friends?
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Truly random is a mistake once you know your students. You'll wind up sitting students next to each other who under no circumstances should be seated next to each other.

Allowing students to sit next to their friends will lead to more talking. Depending on your teaching style and philosophy, it may be worth the cost, though. If students have some autonomy in seating choices, they may be more compliant with other rules.

Changing the seating chart daily is a recipe for chaos.
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Hello.  I am not a teacher now, but I'm thinking that my next career choice will probably be a high school math teacher.  Before that time comes, I am interested in learning what works in practice inside the classroom.
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I've seen teacher's who get each child at the door, but only now I understand that a big girl for that is too break the momentum of the hallway atmosphere. Thank you.
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Is homework anything more than additional hours?
A typical 1-year algebra class provides the students with 170 hours.  Is the problem that 170 hours just not enough time to obtain that material?
As a lower bound, how many hours of 1:1 on-demand high-quality tutoring is required to take the 10% student (past low achievement) from entry-level to excelling in X (X : {algebra, geometry, 5th grade math, etc})?
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I think homework may also leverage the behavior-creates-belief concept. If you think you have a choice for how to spend your off school time, and you chose to work on your algebra homework, you'll start believing that you must intrinsically care about your algebra class.
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Seems legit
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Your German must be coming along
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An impressive announcement, and I found it to be a fun read.
In 2013, two extremely unusual Model S collisions resulted in underbody damage that led to car fires. These incidents, unfortunately, received more national headlines than the other 200,000 gasoline car fires that happened last year in North America alone. In both cases, the occupants walked away unharmed, thanks to the car’s safety features. The onboard computer warned the occupants to exit the vehicles, which they did well before any fire was n...
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I like that the consequence is a genuine choice. The teacher obviously has a preference for which way the student's will choose, but they are not forced one way or the other.
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Teach Like a Champ vs. Inquiry-Based Learning.
I just came across the "Teach like a Champion" videos (I'll let you look them up).  The contrast between this and advocates for IBL seems stark.  I know from some experience that in schools where the home culture does not create a student that is ready to help the teacher do their job, classroom management is the primary (and sometimes only) task the teacher deals with.  However, to advocate this as a system seems like giving up.  Have I misread it?
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With TLAC, by the way, we should be mindful of throwing the baby out with the bathwater. There are some useful insights and strategies in Lemov's work. It's the 100% compliance that is extremely bothersome.
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Are in-class tests needed in order to ensure a controlled environment, a time limit, both, or something else?
I'm not proposing to get rid of in-class tests, but I wonder what aspects are open to variation.
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Just some random thoughts:
1. Ensuring the work is completed by the individual; by removing the obfuscation of group work, the Google meta-brain and parental help, testing is an easy way to assess a student's memory.
2. They are good prep for the external exams the students will have to sit, so variation too far from that format might be detrimental.
3. The time-limit means they probably work better for simple recall than in-depth knowledge.
4. Controlled assessment might offer an alternative as it provides opportunities for planning and research. For example the OCR MEI maths (A-level) course has a small percentage of the grade based on a written report using numerical methods (for example iteration) where a computer is needed for anything nontrivial. A report comparing various methods is submitted. This seems closer to real-life where an employee has access to tools and reference material.
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