Introducing the Idea of Balance
Classroom management is complex. It is a balancing act, and the mix for great success requires constant attention and adjustment. This module is a medley of refrains. At the conclusion, the teacher will evaluate the different parts that contribute to the masterpiece of a well run classroom. Once the different voices and parts are clear, it will feel natural to artfully orchestrate and mix the melodic and rhythmic components that contribute to quality performances.
In the orchestra, there are four main voices, the winds, brass, strings and percussion. In the classroom, there are four voices, content, teacher, student and discipline.
Each has its own part to play, each is independent of, and interdependent on the whole. A masterpiece is unlikely when one voice is absent for too long, for the ensemble lacks richness. When one area stays the main focus, the sense of community and quality of learning are at risk.
This module offers opportunities for looking at four voices in your classroom. As you look at each component, consider ways that it can be enriched. Think about the times when one is out of balance and what the repercussions are when that occurs. Think about the times when it makes sense for one voice to have a solo.
It can be a great deal of fun to develop a new musical mix of an old standby.
The first step, Maestro, is to take a close look at classroom function. There are many profitable ways to do that. You can choose from the options below As you complete these activities, you may send email responses to share and discuss findings with the professor, or you may post them at the Virtual Conference Center.
by J'Anne Ellsworth
Once you have completed the activities , you should:
Questions??E-mail J'Anne Ellsworth at Janne.Ellsworth@nau.edu
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