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Posted on March 5, 2015 3:55 pm
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Zafer Unal
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Well, when I was younger...
Well, when I was younger...
Jan is a first year teacher who was approached by a parent regarding his concern for the arrangement of desks in groups in all of his daughter's classroom. He feels the classroom arrangement is the reason his daughter is not making A's in all of her classes because this encourages her to talk. He makes it clear that he is military and when he was young his teachers sat students in rows and taught and then students practice on their own. How should Jan respond to the parent's concerns?
 
     
     
 
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Posted March 9, 2015 7:19 pm

Jonelle J
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In a parent conference, with at least one member of the administration, guidance counselor and another teacher, would explain that with the new curriculum implementation, advances in technology, and overall changes in instruction seen in the profession, that collaborative learning has significant benefits in student learning. Students can share ideas and explain concepts to each other and be more engaged in classroom discussions and activities. However, though communication is encouraged, each student is still responsible for their individual behavior, which is monitored by the teacher. As Jan, I would explain that being in rows is a sure possibility and explain instances where it would be beneficial for certain lessons, but also stress that it is important students learn how to focus and work together in solving problems. Finally, I would assure the parent that her behavior would be more closely monitored if she continues to become off task-off or give her the option to work alone altogether if she wished.
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Kady Schlemmer
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This is a very thorough solution. It is very helpful.
  Posted on: July 9, 2016 8:55 pm

Kathy Allen
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I think your solution is thoughtful. Informing parents of the changing curriculum and instruction methods can be insightful.
  Posted on: February 23, 2018 7:24 pm

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Solution 2
Posted February 28, 2016 4:42 am

buteJy
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Jan should first tell the parent that he hears and understands his concerns. Reassure the parent that he wants what is best for the student. Jan should then try and explain the benefits of cooperative learning and how his daughter can be successful. Collaboration is a positive strategy for instruction.
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Solution 3
Posted March 12, 2015 3:31 pm

Jordan Najafi
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I would schedule a conference and involve an administrator. I would also explain that in the past decades, research has proven that collaborative and differential teaching does more for student success than the lecture and drill style. I would also explain that a student's behavior is their responsibility and choice. I would also offer tutoring or other assistance to the student, to see where her struggles lie.
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Solution 4
Posted March 10, 2015 2:39 pm

Robyn Jones
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Explain to the parent that times has changed. Show him the school improvement plan if there is one. Explain to him the benefits of working with others and explain that there are times when the students are required to work independently, but learning from others and being able to work with others serves benefits in the classroom these days. We aren't trying to make it a military school but a place where students are motivated to learn.
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