Eric Voelker STANDARD 6: Demonstrates competence in classroom management. A. Creates a learning community that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement, and self-regulation for every student. Partnering Choices Education
Description / Purpose of Artifact This artifact shows one way I encourage positive social interaction within the classroom. I instruct the students on choosing partners. In this instruction I explain that they will learn to realize that they will not always get the partner of their first choice. Partners will be of greater academic ability, similar academic ability, and of lower academic ability. I write on the white board the good combinations of partnering and the one partnering combination that should be avoided (low/low)
What I Learned / What this Artifact Shows / What Questions Remain After I spent time making sure the student were partnered in good arrangements I figured out that what I really needed to do was to teach the students how to pick partners and that different level partners would teach them something in the process of working together. The low-low partner arrangement is the one to be avoided at all costs.
ARTIFACT STANDARD 6A Partnering Choices Education
Good Partnering Choices High Ability / Low Ability High Ability / High Ability High Ability / Middle Ability Middle Ability / Low Ability Middle Ability / Middle Ability
Poor Partnering Choices Low Ability / Low Ability
Remember being of high / middle / low ability is not a value judgment – it is a recognition of ability. Recognizing these levels can help you enter partnerships that promote high levels of learning