All of us like to protect our “time” in teaching and maximize student time in learning. Successful time is more related to engaged and productive time and not spent time. When we consider that 70-80 percent of our classroom time teachers are talking then the productive and engaged time it is very low indeed. Maybe we need to reduce “our” time and increase “their” time. Consider sport (etc.) many students see the purpose of schooling in these terms, derive much satisfaction and learning, and the art is how we integrate and capitalize on these activities in our class time. For some students little outweighs the positive impact of these extra curricula activities so we need them indeed. The key for the classroom teacher is productive time – how could you construct a program of study (with clear learning intentions and success criteria) for learning in interrupted time periods.
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- What can a school leader do to shift the mind set of teachers and parents and make a difference?
- Why are some of the other school variables such as policies, buildings, school size, and curriculum ruled out in the Visible Learning research?
- An increasing number of parents request delayed start for Kindergarten. The belief is this will give them a “boost” over their classmates. The research I have found does not suggest this is true but I wondered if your research had any further information?
- My elementary school is contemplating departmentalization. Is departmentalization simply team teaching?
- What are your thoughts on innovative learning spaces?
- What does the research say about what effective principals do when they walk through classrooms? Is there a resource you can refer us to?
- What is the evidence for the 1.57 effect size for collective teacher efficacy?
- My school shortened the school day but is now getting push-back from parents. Do you have anything to help in the discussion with parents regarding the length of the school day?
- If there is any other research that you feel might be useful for parents like myself who are trying to make a decision about primary school education, I would greatly appreciate your recommendation. As a parent, choosing a school is challenging!