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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Friday, October 3, 2008

challenges!! 3rd week

I am facing the same challenge that I faced last year. My students struggle to keep quiet during role call. I have asked them nicely, waited til they are quiet, and implemented the light switch. Nothing I seem to do has an effect on the students. I thought about reward but do not think I should have to reward for such a simple task. I am sure most of the issue is 26-32 girls in one room. I know this is small compared to other teacher's struggles, however it is incredibly important to my school that we get an accurate count. I hope someone has an idea that I have yet to try. Thanks for all your input!


Anonymous said...

Hey Amiee,
I have a quote calendar and each student is responsible for bringing a quote on their designated day. They love it. I have a section on the board for each class period and thats where student write their daily reflection quote. Other students much reflect on the quote (what it means to them, what they think about it, etc.) While they are doing that I take roll. I don't know if that will quite them down but try it. maybe you could have them quote about hair things or fashion things. I think another teacher mentioned that she gives some of her talkative students a few minutes to talk later in class maybe that will quiet them up at the start of class. Ooh, maybe they could sketch a hair style daily...

RS said...

Getting the students into class and completing role call on a timely basis presents challenges for me also. By the time the last bus arrives from our feeder schools, we are twenty or more minutes past the tardy bell. It is rare for all of the busses to arrive on time.

One thing that I have found useful is a bell-ringer, or activity, to review previously covered material, or something from current events or math. You might be able to use brainteasers. I allow one of my lead students to conduct this activity freeing me up to meet and greet students as they arrive and check them off on the roll or attendance card. I also have them to sign in which could possibly be incorporated into a role. By getting them engaged into learning as they arrive, it allows for an easier transition into the main subject when the last bus arrives and while they are reviewing, exercising their minds I am taking the role.

I hope that these ideas give you some ideas on resolving the role call. This is what I have found helpful and am always looking for new ideas as this will continue to be a challenge.

RS in Alpharetta

paulette said...

I started several things this year which seems to be helping regarding the role and getting the students focused from the beginning. Each student has a name tag and notebook that they obtain when they walk in the room. They have several essential questions on the board that they are to answer in their notebook as soon as they arrive. I am able to check the role by quickly looking at the notebooks left on the table and also quickly glancing at a seating chart which confirms who is absent. The room is quieter at the beginning because they are focused on answering the questions which are usually related to what we covered the day before. This also allows me to start with a quick recap from the day before with the class. The students receive a participation grade based on their daily entries in their notebooks which encourages them to be more focused and diligent in class. Hope these suggestions are helpful to you.

delores said...

Hi Amiee,
I don't know if this will work in your classroom or not but I tried it when I had large classes the first 2 years. I stopped calling the role orally. I gave the students assigned seats and expected them to be in them,otherwise they were marked absent. I then just printed my seating charts every morning and completed the role in this manner. It did work for me but again layout of room may dictate.

Vincent said...

Hello, Amiee
Role call is very important in my school system also we actually have homeroom for 10 minutes before school starts 1st period. If the teachers mark the student wrong in homeroom there marked absent all day eventhought they may be in school.

What normally helps me is a bell ringer. I assigned a bell ringer to my class every class period something I write on the board for them to transfer in their CRJU notebooks concerning maybe a current event topic or something concerning the class topic it's usaually a generic questions that makes them think and write a detail answer in their notebooks. While this activity is going on I take the role, because class is normally quiet.