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They use the whole classroom

Teachers that use the whole classroom and make every part of it "their home" -- are most likely to be those that are "great teachers". Inexperienced and less effective instructors tend to stick to the center "jump zone" - right in front of the desk and in the center of the room. From there, teachers exert "power" and "control" (think of a teacher as a "force" - in this position they have the most "gravity". ). This can be good in some situations but for the most part, language instruction needs "a first among equals", needs freedom to express and comfort, low stress. This happens or is more likely to happen when the instructor delivers instruction from all parts of the classroom.

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Comment by Cristina Milos on December 17, 2009 at 9:51pm
Indeed!
That is why I move around all the time :) ha ha ha
Explicitly or implicitly, everything in a classroom tells about the philosophy and the practices of the respective teacher, and where (s)he is is one of the clues. Blend in, so to speak!
*just for fun - I am a short person so visitors who accompany my principals have a hard time finding me as I usually sit with kiddos in any corner of the classroom possible , be it at a desk, on the carpet or simply on a chair somewhere

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Comment by Ellen Pham on December 18, 2009 at 2:35am
That's funny, because in the last full-time job I had, I kept telling the administrator that the ONE thing she could do to immediately improve instruction was to say she didn't want to see teachers sitting behind their desks during instruction time! It was a GED program, and most of it was delivered one-on-one, so teachers could justify sitting there and waiting for the students to come to them.

Garbage. The guys were working on their fantasy football picks, the women might actually have been doing some case work files (I wouldn't know, I was terrible with that part of the job, and it was important for federal funding. I had the keys to the building, and once a month I would make myself come in on Sundays and make myself sit there, all alone, until I kind of got it done. I liked the peaceful, being-all-alone -in-my-building part.)

I have more to say, all sorts of things about desks and classroom environments (though, Cristina, I hope everything in a classroom does not speak volumes about me as a teacher- that is a lot of pressure!!) but I am too sad about the edublog awards. : (

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Comment by Ellen Pham on December 18, 2009 at 2:39am
You could all join my ukulele group. That might cheer me up.

Just kidding... I know you don't want to.

Oh god, I am feeling sorry for myself! :D :D
Comment by Cristina Milos on December 18, 2009 at 6:32am
Aww, Ellen...
I have not so pleasant memories of studying guitar in high school - I hated it. I will join the group though to cheer you up!

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Comment by Ellen Pham on December 18, 2009 at 8:05am
Thanks, Cristina... I am guessing you do not have access to a ukulele, though? If you ever do get access to one, I promise you will be able to learn to play it. I, too, tried the guitar- too hard! Ukulele? Easy, with lots of songs a first grader will appreciate : )

I am going to get a new mic for xmas, and then I will show you by recording some.

David does not like the ukulele. I think it is like Green Eggs & Ham (you do not like it, so you say, try it, try it, and you may- try it and you may, I say!)

Hey, it worked! I am feeling cheered :)
Comment by George Swen on December 18, 2009 at 8:38am
Ellen, ukulele sounds interesting, if it is so easy as you say:-) But I have no chance to try it:-( I think if you made a video - you playing ukulele - that would draw attention! o))
And tell me more about those e.awards results, why to be sad?? Ah, nomination is still great!

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Comment by Ellen Pham on December 18, 2009 at 9:13am
Actually, George, I'm not sure why I am so sad, but I am! Could it be that 5th grade election for class president that I lost? :D

It's a little more long lasting than that... how I feel about the "web 2.0" community (whatever!) and how I always end up feeling excluded. Somehow it is a system based on exclusion, but I can't pin-point the source of it accurately enough to call them on it!

I just end up feeling very lonely around those people, and I had to sit there for 1:40 if I wanted to hear the results (we were announced second to last). If I had had a friend to play with, I would have been fine : ) - but I didn't know that going into it.

And then, I wanted to bring us home a present : ) Normally, I don't participate in these things, but I really wanted to bring us home a present.

But I'll be fine again tomorrow... thank you for asking : )
Comment by George Swen on December 18, 2009 at 9:53am
Oh Ellen, you are such an impressionable person...
I don't know how the web 2.0 community works, but if there is something you don't like about it, simply forget it. It is not worth your sadness!
And I understand that you wanted to make D. and others happy, but what are all those prices? They can neither measure what we have here really (the atmosphere as I say) nor the asset to every single person here. Although they try hard to look important they are not. At least not as much;-)

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Comment by Ellen Pham on December 18, 2009 at 11:09am
You make me smile, George. Yes, I guess I am impressionable (not to mention transparent!) Remember though, I am also constant.

Which reminds me of a song! Joni Mitchell is writing about a love affair, and her lover says to her, "I am as constant as the northern star."

And she says, "Constantly in the darkness, where's that at? If you want me I'll be in the bar."

:D I thought that line came from the song, The Last Time I Saw Richard, but I was mistaken. Still, that song seems to fit.

Comment by George Swen on December 18, 2009 at 11:32am
oh, don't do this to me... now I am at the brink of tears....

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