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Old 08-27-2013, 04:45 PM
Location: Striving for Avalon
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Originally Posted by Oldhag1 View Post
Sounds like being a teacher these days.
Indeed. It's sickening how little respect is accorded to teachers. My mother was a mathematics teacher/lecturer (BA in Accounting, MA in Mathematics/Education) and self-taught in calculus. She was also handy to have if I needed help with physics homework. She was such an incapable human, she was poached from her university by an elite public high school and quintupled her earnings in a decade.
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Old 09-04-2013, 11:07 AM
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As "the smart kid" in group work, it was a huge relief being paired with similarly motivated team mates. We were always able to divide the project and conquer.
I hated being paired with the known slackers, I tried to set up a list of tasks and figure out who could do what, never, ever, ever had any outcome than desperatly finishing their portions of the project days before it was due when it became obvious they had done, and would do, nothing. In High School I had one girl give me the choice of receiving $20 to complete her part of the project, or receive nothing and still have to complete her part of the project. Wow, I bet she's a wall street trader at this point.
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:24 PM
Location: Great State of Texas
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I don't like the thought that smart kids will teach the slackers.
It's not the students job to teach other students, not to the degree that is being promoted.
Osmosis isn't happening here and slackers don't care what grade they get.

I let kids choose their groups and partners.
The true slackers that really do zero work end up grouped together.
So they are forced to do something or nothing and usually they do something.
Nowhere near what your motivated students do but they would have done nothing at all if paired up with a motivated student.
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