Science & vieThe Map As HistoryA Teacher’s Field Guide to ParentsShare it now! Teachers would be foolhardy to label parents as either good or bad. Not all parents are created equal and cannot be categorized on a single spectrum. To do so would jeopardize a teacher’s ability to survive. Literally. You see, when normally mild mannered and reasonable people become parents they take on a condition that shapes their behavior. One parent, whom I see every morning in the mirror, told me, “We’re like werewolves, transfigured by parenthood.” Knowing this, we teachers must be careful when working with us parents. So below is an very incomplete field guide to some of the more extreme types of parents that both new & veteran teachers might come across, along with some handling strategies. Please feel free to add additional parent types or handling ideas in the comment section. 1. Characteristic markings: They want it their way, right away. Identifying behaviors: “I sent you that e-mail (8 seconds ago), have you responded yet?” What you might say: “Oh, no, sorry.
Nick Bostrom's Home PageThe Socratic MethodThe Socratic Method:Teaching by Asking Instead of by Tellingby Rick Garlikov The following is a transcript of a teaching experiment, using the Socratic method, with a regular third grade class in a suburban elementary school. I present my perspective and views on the session, and on the Socratic method as a teaching tool, following the transcript. The class was conducted on a Friday afternoon beginning at 1:30, late in May, with about two weeks left in the school year. The experiment was to see whether I could teach these students binary arithmetic (arithmetic using only two numbers, 0 and 1) only by asking them questions. I had one prior relationship with this class. When I got to the classroom for the binary math experiment, students were giving reports on famous people and were dressed up like the people they were describing. "But what I am really here for today is to try an experiment with you. 1) "How many is this?" 2) "Who can write that on the board?" 4) Another way? 7) One more?