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Unformatted text preview: C h ap ter 3 The C lassroom Learning Environm ent 1 0 9 EXERCISE 3.1 OBSERVING A CLASSROOM FOR FREQUENCY OF EXTERNAL INTERRUPTIONS I INSTRUCTIONS: It is disconcerting how often teachers and student learning in classrooms of some schools are interrupted by announcements over the intercom, a phone call, or a visitor at the door. After all, no one would even consider interrupting a surgeon during the most climatic moments of an open-heart operation, nor a defense attorney at the climax of her summation, but far too often teachers are interrupted just at a crit- ical point in a lesson. Once lost because of an interruption, student attention and that teachable moment is nearly impossible to recapture. School administrators and office personnel must sometimes be reminded that the most important thing going on in the school is that which teachers have been hired to do-teach-and the act of teaching must not be frivolously interrupted. In my opinion, except for absolutely critical reasons, teachers...
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This note was uploaded on 03/21/2012 for the course EDG 3620 taught by Professor Www during the Summer '11 term at Casper College.
- Summer '11