Monday, July 11, 2011
Transparency With Students
One thing I'm wondering about for the coming school year is how much to talk with my students about the background of the logistics of teaching. Certainly many of you have said that it is important to regularly talk about the meaning of SBG to get students on board with the system. Providing outlines for units is also important for connecting the concepts to one another.
I wonder, though, how much of it just becomes "execu-speak" as in the clip above. Of course I get excited about the whys and whats of not only the content, but the teaching methods, but how much do they care about it? How much SHOULD they care about it?
How much detail should I go into when explaining why I don't take homework grades? Should I even bring up the issue that I don't think I should take off for late work, but the school put a policy in place to make me do it? Do they care WHY I'm just repeating their questions back to them and never actually giving them the "real answer" (as seen in Rhett's awesome post)? Is it worth mentioning the reason I have the classroom set up in the way I do, the reason I go out of order from the book, the reason I grade on a 10 point scale, the reason I spend hours each night after school thinking about all the little details to give them the best possible learning experience that I can?