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Topic: Changing the Teacher's Role
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Sam Morris

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Registered: 12/3/04
Re: evaluating role of teacher
Posted: Jun 27, 2000 9:52 AM
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You have made a very important point! The big picture, the end goal,
whatever one calls it, must be where we begin our teaching. This is
true for all disciplines. If we start with what we want students to
come awat with from any lesson, unit, etc. then the route taken to get
to the goal becomes much less important. Having basic familiarity
with the major strands across the k-5 continuum is also essential in
building a learning environment in which it is assumed that all
students will learn and grow to their greatest potential.

For what it's worth, I expect that this year will be even more
comfortable and productive. I'm looking forward to my 6th year using
Investigations. Not only have my students come to me more prepared to
succeed, but I have been able to step back and look at the "big
picture" over several years, and have begun to see trends and find my
own personal way to adapt activities. I have also had the benefit of
teaching this program in grades 3-5, both as single grades as well as
multigrade. From what you wrote, I'd say that you were further
alongthe learning curve than I was after only 2 years.

Have a great year(also a great summer!!).

Sam




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