I had a recent reminder of the power behind this blog’s simple motto: We’re better when we work together.
To get some guidance in preparing for an upcoming webinar about working with large, small, and mixed-ability classes (part of OUP’s Let’s Share project), I put a request out on my facebook page. The webinar is only an hour long, and I want to be sure I touch on the topics that matter most to teachers. I really hate wasting anyone’s time
Well, I expected teachers to share their challenges with teaching these different types of classes. What I hadn’t expect (but should have, knowing teachers) was the generosity of teachers in offering advice for the problems teachers shared.
That gave me an idea. A teacher friend sent me the following video from a challenging class. You’ll recognize the situation, I think. It’s at the beginning of class. (Note: if you can’t access videos on YouTube, here’s the same video on Vimeo)
Rather than just sharing my own limited advice, I thought I’d once again appeal to the greater wisdom and experience of our combined teaching village. We all know that even great teachers have challenging students, and classes.
Have you ever had a group like this, where the group energy works to disrupt rather than enhance class? Of course, it could just as easily be bored boys waiting for girls to finish running around so class could begin, especially in a mixed-age class.
How would you deal with this class? Please share your suggestions in comments. Even though one teacher shared the video, I’m sure that a lot of teachers will appreciate your advice!
I’ve done my best to make this anonymous, to protect both teacher and student privacy. If you happen to recognize students or the classroom, please do not mention any particulars in comments. I want to keep this blog a safe place to share, and it takes a brave teacher to share things that aren’t working well.