Blue Shirt Tuesday

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Inductive learning 2

Today I gave my students another mini-lab partner assignment, this time to find a formula for the area of a circle. The experience was almost identical to Tuesday's lesson- the students worked pretty well, especially as I walked around the room. There was constant talking, but nothing too outrageous. The students seemed engaged and even happy. Some seemed proud when they found a solution.

Two data points are too few for a pattern, but if group work continues in this way, I'll have to reevaluate my approach to discipline. I don't mind noise or distraction, as long as it occurs in the context of active learning and does not interrupt that learning. With everyone working independently, the noise does not affect their work, so a silent classroom is not needed. The fear is that students will come to think that minor noise is fine, even when I'm teaching. I'll have to make it very clear from the start that during individual work time and teaching time, the classroom is silent, but that during group work time it is okay to make noise in moderation. I just hope that this doesn't seem inconsistent to my students.


  • At 7:21 PM, Blogger A. Monroe said…

    I call the two types of noise in the classroom constructive and destructive. If you explain the difference to your students and set expectations for both group work and independent work, they will not see you as inconsistent.


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