What am I missing here?

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-04-2000
What am I missing here?
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Thu, 10-06-2011 - 3:42pm

I just read this article and I guess I just don't get it. Is there a problem or are they manufacturing a mountain out of a mole hill? What do you think?

Sherry
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-07-2002
Fri, 10-07-2011 - 6:20am

The teacher that introduced it seems to swear by it.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-15-2009
Fri, 10-07-2011 - 11:20am
It just sounds like a classroom preference to me. I don't think kids are going to be confused or ridiculed if they go to another school where hands are raised instead. Once they notice others raising their hands, I'm sure they'll figure it out.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 08-23-1997
Fri, 10-07-2011 - 11:43am
I've seen videos on professional development days where teachers use this type of thing. I don't think it's that unusual. I think a lot of teachers have their own little quirks. It's just unusual that the whole school has taken this on. I had a teacher in 4th grade that had us raise our hand and say "I challenge." If we disagreed with something that a student said or we thought it was the wrong answer. How weird is that!?
Community Leader
Registered: 07-16-2001
Fri, 10-07-2011 - 2:20pm
It seems silly to me to outright ban raising your hand. It's just another classroom choice being taken away from the teacher. If a particular teacher wants to do something different, I say go for it. But to make raising your hand seem like a horrible thing (by putting up posters like they said) is dumb. I use the Popsicle sticks thing all the time. I don't think that's all that rare.
iVillage Member
Registered: 12-04-2000
Fri, 10-07-2011 - 6:10pm

And I had an elementary teacher that was former military. She made us walk single file in total silence with eyes straight ahead spaced at

Sherry