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Classroom Experiment...Here We Go!

Monday, January 07, 2013

Today, I decided to have my 7th grade Reading students seat themselves alphabetically, after hearing my colleague do the same with hers.
Seems simple, right???

Apparently, NOT!

Why were some asking, "What's your last name?"... "How do we do this?"..."Why we gotta do this?"...(Peering at the cursive alphabet above my dry erase board)...Even the occasional, "Huh?"

I even had the last student listed on my roster seat him/ herself and wait for the others to figure it out. TALK ABOUT HILARIOUS!!!

Reality struck emoticon

These kids are not very good problem solvers!
I asked the class why they think I chose to have them do this.
Some responses were, "So we could work together"..."So we could talk to each other"..."So we could learn each other's names" (most have been with me the ENTIRE time since school first started in August)..."So we could use common sense" (insert "which I need to work at, too") Student was speaking of himself.

I told them all that they would be doing MORE activities like this so they can practice more independent, problem-solving skills, and be prepared to adjust to the "real world".

Just warning you all...

They're coming in a few years! emoticon

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    This is a fantastic activity. I've also had students seat themselves by the number of letters in their names and those with the same amount of letters, then seat alphabetically. This lifted the critical thinking another level. This was nearly too much for them to handle. Simply hilarious! emoticon emoticon
    1931 days ago
    It can get challenging but these types of activities are as important sometimes as the subject you are teaching. I have tried this one in Spanish class and required the students to figure it out using only their Spanish or non-verbal communication skills.
    1933 days ago
    emoticon Bright idea!
    1933 days ago
    I do not have an even number of boys and girls. I occasionally tell them they have to sit in a boy girl boy pattern, then watch them try to figure it out. It is amazing how long it takes them to find a way to make it work.
    1933 days ago
    Thanks for a laugh...and a cringe. emoticon
    1933 days ago
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