Friday, May 4, 2012


     Overlapping is a term I learned in Educational Psychology that I feel will really help with classroom management. It is being able to effectively handle and supervise several on going things in the classroom.Teaching a classroom effectively is a key factor in managing a classroom. We discussed ideas on how to do this and show the class that as the teacher we are aware of all activities going on, good or bad, also referred to as withitness. One of the ways I remember discussing is extremely simple, and everyone can do it. Simply going up to the student's desk who is misbehaving and stand there with your hand on his or her desk. Just the awarness that you are present and near is intemadating enough. I remember teachers doing this to me, and as soon as thy came up to my desk, I stopped doing whatever I was doing and did what I was supposed to do. The teacher continues to teaching while standing near the student. There are many more ideas on how to do this, but this one seemed very simple and did not disrupt the class in the least. Another idea that was discussed was having a card system. There are two yellow warning cards and one red trouble card. Without stoping, placing a card on the students' desk allows them to understand what theyare doing wrong while still continuing the lesson. Any other ideas for how to do this?

Students teaching lessons

     In the Rocket today, there was an article about students teaching lessons during classtime for a day instead of the professor. I've had lots of class where the students teach a lesson, a chapter, or anything that can be broken down into groups. I think it is a great way for students to be able to look deep into one prticular area while other students to the same for nother area of the lesson. Then the students will teach the class thein depth lessons they have learned. It not only is a great way to imorve one's public spaking skills, but also gives an opportunity to dive deep into a single area and focus as much on that subject as possible. However, the article seemed to disagree. It was stating that professors ar the trained educators and should be the sole teachers of a subject. Yes, they havethe professional background. However, if a student were to say something wrong about the subjct, the could simply correct them. Another thing te article said was that it is there job to teach. I think that in doing this, the professor is teaching the students. It's said that we remember those things that we can actually teach better. Also if you truly undestand a subject, you should be able to teach it. Therefore, it really displays whether a student knows the information or not. I think it is a good idea, as long as it is not an everyday thing and only for perhaps one subject area.