Classroom Essays

Morton Rhue

The Wave was written by Morton Rhue and published in 1982. This book was based on a true story of an incident in a high school history class in Palo Alto in California in 1969 lead by the teacher Ron Jones who says it was the most frightening event he had ever seen in a classroom. In the book the teacher is played by Ben Ross and his high school history class. It all starts when students ask questions about…

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To Establish and Maintain a Safe, Healthy Learning Environment

As a preschool teacher it is my goal to keep all the children in my class safe while in my care. Our classroom is set up in a way that every child can easily maneuver around the entire classroom. We talk about using walking feet and gentle hands inside and outside of our classroom on a weekly basis, we also have a fully stocked first aid kit in our classroom, available and accessible for any teacher that may be in…

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Use of Visual Aides in the Modern Classroom

Visual aides have become important to the learning processes of children in all grades of school. From simple skits to enhanced computer calculations and comparisons, teachers everywhere are learning the power of having their students visualize and take part in what they are expected to learn. This process is a great departure from the classic learning model of reading along and taking notes, so it takes some teachers and faculty a while to accept and learn new styles of teaching….

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Laptops Should Be Banned from the Classroom

The advent of technology in the classroom was a major breakthrough in the education sector. Use of laptops has indeed become one of the most celebrated achievements of the 21st century. By using internet connection, students are able to link up with what is referred to as Connected Learning Community or e-learning. Students are able to see what other colleges are offering for the same courses and can compare their notes with those of other colleges. Laptop use in classes…

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Contact Zones

Parodies are pieces of writing or presentations that deliberately copy and make fun of other writings or subjects. Although parodies may offend or make others uncomfortable, they have a peculiar way of benefitting learners by forcing them outside of their natural realms, allowing them to be analytical, and curious of their surroundings. Mary Louise Pratt describes this as creating a contact zone where parody, critique, and unseemly comparisons create social disruptions in which students are challenged. In her essay “Arts…

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The Role of the Teacher

Being a teacher, like being a parent, means taking on a complex role, a role that is in constant flux , that needs constant redefinition according to the learner or the child. Teaching requires knowledge, skill, commitment and caring. Preparing to teach requires effort and time. It was William Butler Yates who said: “Teaching is not filling a pail, but lighting a fire. ” And it is the teacher’s role to strike the sparks. I see three distinct sides to…

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Diverse Communication and Classroom Management

For teaching to be successful at any given stage, there should be an effective management of the classroom. This can be done through showing respect for the diversity that exists in the classroom situation. Diversity entails physical attributes, beliefs, gender, ethnic and cultural background, styles of learning and age among others (Dowdy & Delpit, 2008). The communication in the classroom setting is also of immense importance because through it, the students are able to reach out to the teacher and…

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Lesson Pacing in a Classroom

Lesson pacing can be described as time management through setting the speed rate of the activities during the classroom lesson (Yager, 2006). Deciding on appropriate pace for the whole group activities is very important since classroom is composed of different students who have diverse backgrounds, learning styles as well as abilities. A group of the students may grasp some concepts or even master skills quickly whereas others may struggle to get the concept. Some of the students may be impulsive…

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Special Education Classroom

The purpose of this study is to know whether or not the Discrete Trials Training, one of the main strategies under the Applied Behavior Analysis of Lovaas, is an effective and applicable strategy for special children students especially those who are severely mentally handicapped. Knowing whether or not this strategy is effective for special children, this could be considered as the immediate instruction that will be used by teachers for special children who are mentally handicapped. This study will look…

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Graphic Organizers in the Classroom

A graphic organizer is a visual tool the helps students grasp the relationship between facts, terms and other ideas within a specific learning task (Hall & Strangman, 2002). Graphic organizers are called by a variety of different names including knowledge maps, concept maps, story maps, cognitive organizers, advance organizers and concept diagrams (Hall & Strangman, 2002). However, graphic organizers have a valuable place within classrooms because they have the potential to improve learning outcomes for all students (Hall & Strangman,…

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How to Redesign a Classroom to Optimize Learning Experience

The overall learning goal for us students is to grasp what the instructor teaches in class and gain extra knowledge and abilities through class discussion and interaction. To that end, it’s best to study in an optimal learning environment, so as to keep focused in class and avoid distraction from externals. We pay for the service – our learning experience, hoping to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of this kind of service. An optimal learning environment is beneficial to building…

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The Role of Motivation in Classroom Management

A good and smooth-sailing classroom discussion begins with a creative and powerful motivation. Even if the teaching strategies and educational tools are good, a classroom discussion would not be successful without the aid of a good motivation. Motivation is an integral part of the success of the teaching-learning process inside the classroom (Oelmuller 2007). Through motivation, the students are aroused to listen, participate, discover and learn during the classroom discussion. There are two types of motivation namely intrinsic and extrinsic….

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Educational Technology in the Classroom

The face of pedagogy has evolved through time with the emergence of the technological age in the 19th century. As new technologies have been developed in order to enhance and produce efficient working environments, educational institutions, especially early childhood education, have slowly adapted several technological tools in order to facilitate the teaching-learning process. Learning available technological advancements in early childhood education (ECE) and understanding how to incorporate them in the teaching process interests me because of the complex and specialized…

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Dvd Vs Vcr in the Classroom Setting

The advent of technology keeps introducing new ways and means of learning. Since the late 1970’s, the Video Cassette Recorder (VCR) has dominated not only the home entertainment market but is being extensively used in classrooms for learning purposes. The last decade of 20th century however witnessed the video hardware and software manufacturers in developing a digital format to replace videocassettes. The hardware manufacturers led by Sony, Toshiba, and Panasonic worked jointly to produce a new single standard and the…

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Eliminating Prejudice and Discrimination Inside the Classroom

The rich and colorful diversity of today’s society is very evident to many classrooms in most parts of the world. It is indeed that mere educating of the children is no longer enough nowadays as such the educational setting is even more revolutionized. Since the students of this generation are exemplified with different learning styles and habits, level of intelligence, cultural orientation and socio-economic background, there must be high observance on the implementation of multicultural education in every classroom of…

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