Teaching & Learning


I actually had a wonderfully written post about parent-teacher conferences written … but when I published it disappeared.  I’m not sure if it’s wordpress or the network configurations … but whatever the case, for now, let’s just say I survived.

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I came across the article … one I had read before and appreciated reading again.  I don’t necessarily agree with everything Tamim has to say (for example, late in the article he seems to portray teacher strikes as very common … but even with the “hundreds” he references a HUGE majority of contract negotiations DO NOT end in strike … in fact MOST do not), but overall I think he presents the story well.

You can check it out here.

Every class seems to have one.

Every year.

And they reveal themselves every day … sometimes more often.

The “one time…” kid.

It doesn’t matter what subject we’re covering, or even if we’re having a discussion.  Something will get mentioned, read, or discussed and the “one time…” kid has a story.  And the stories typically start with “One time …”

While often related to the current topic of classroom discussion, they’re just as often irrelevant to the other 25 students in the class.

The hand shoots up, and because you encourage questions and discussion, you feel obligated to calll on the student … the problem is that the student usually has another story to share, and their story often reminds another student of their story, and the domino effect is initiated.

It all makes for some seriously frustrating and drawn-out classroom discussions and activities.

One time …