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Topic: Changing the Teacher's Role
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Cindy Stogsdill

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Registered: 12/3/04
Setting the stage for learning
Posted: Feb 14, 1999 9:45 PM
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I feel the role of the teacher is to set the stage for the learning to
occur. I teach the students how to work together effectively, and
serve as a moderator and recorder during the sharing after work has
been done. I ask the probing questions that need to be asked at first,
and model for the students how to do this so they can question what
they are unclear on. I do do some direct instruction, but only as it
relates to the discussion, and often it is for individuals or small
groups as I see fit. In the beginning, I found it hard not to step in
and tell the students how to do the task. Now I know there is value
in the struggle, and try to support students only enough to keep from
giving up when frustration sets in. This becomes less necessary as the
year goes on and the students get more comfortable with the whole
process, and know that it is okay to struggle and that we learn from
our mistakes and misconceptions.







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