Authentic Assessment – 30 – Ben

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  1. Story about this mindless desire to control kids. When I received a load of English books from Lynnette St George for my French lycée students, I found an old metal cabinet that wasn’t being used and got some kids to haul it up two flights of stairs to my classroom and installed the books. In a meeting a colleague objected that there was no lock on the cabinet. I asked her if she knew any students that actually wanted to steal books written in English? If she did, I’d like to meet them and give them a big kiss on the cheek. That’s the kind of students I dreamed of having.

  2. Steven Ordiano

    “There are many smilingly mean and controlling teachers now in our schools, working out stuff from their own childhoods at the expense of our children. How do they keep getting away with it?” This can probably resonate with many of us seeing as school was a certain way growing up. My middle school was an all white faculty many on the verge of retirement. They loved to yell at students from their desks. Memories.

    Yes sometimes school seems like a policing system. Foucault’s panopticon.

    I had one student ask me my age. I told her. Then she said that I was nice. she said, “Other teachers are either mean or weird.” I’m glad I am not too much of an ogre.

    This contrasts greatly with how I deal with a noisy 8th grader French 2 class. They have been conditioned only to obey when tested for a grade. They love their phones and tablet as they use them in other classes often. Last year, they ran the class with sub after sub. In the end they did not have a caring adult there. I guess I am that teacher now who is holding them accountable via jGR and attempting to develop a relationship. The school culture and our situation is not conducive to TPRS. Being the stubborn (and lazy) guy that I am, I continue to attempt to teach them. Most of the period I remind them to put away phones, cheetos and to listen “please”.

    We have worked out a routine of “testing” after a warm-up. I had a dictee with images projected on the screen. Basically, it was an MT with while the students were writing. This very effective as I only had about 8 (out of 36 ) students have side conversations.

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