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~~These are just a few ideas of how to make whole-class correction of homework more of an active challenge. • Give learners a chance to compare their answers in pairs. They can then correct / change / complete their own answers before a whole class check. • Take names out of a hat to nominate who will answer (make sure this is done in a ‘fun’ way, explaining they have an opportunity to PASS if they want). • Use a ball nominate who gets to give their answer to questions. Whoever gets the ball throws it to the next learner. Again, give them an opportunity to pass if necessary. •
Most teachers of almost any subject have something in mind in terms of what they will teach their students. As teachers who have taken many students down the path of learning our chosen subject we know what to expect. We know what is required and how long it will take to reach the destination. The problem is our students will often have a very different perspective.
We know the books are important, the pencil, the computer, the white and blackboard and so are the chairs to sit on, but if there is no motivated and inspiring teacher in front of the chairs, if there is no such teacher to write with chalk on the blackboard and to teach ... then there is no learning, no reading, no maths, no passing on of knowledge,ethics and values, no instilling of a "love to learn ethos" in the student.
When I was a kid I was really scared of all my teachers. I would never in a million years have disrespected them or talked back. I would never have cursed at them, shouted at them, laughed at them (unless they were telling a joke) ignored them, rolled my eyes at them, tutted at them, snickered at them, or any of the other disrespectful things that kids today seem to have no problem doing to their teachers.
After spending hours memorizing and internalizing the standards for your subject area(s) and grade level(s), you may have decided that driving a sewer pump truck may not have been such a lousy job. After all, sewer pumping is tough and dirty, but when the day is done, the day is done. Teaching days never end.
A Boston Globe editorial stated that for "40 years, study after study on grade retention has reached the same conclusion: Failing a student, particularly in the critical ninth grade year, is the single largest predictor of whether he or she drops out" (Edley, 2002). The editorial goes on to state that "widespread retention further exacerbates the achievement gap..."