in Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, IA
Jackie Wachtel Look at all the smiles~
Hugh Pogue Look how nicely the girls are dressed!
Rhonda Cox Wrong!!!! DPI & SACS do NOT want to see this during an inspection! No orderly reows of students. They want syudents doing cooperative learning in centers or pods. They don't want quiet classrooms. They don't want teachers....they want facilitators. One 7th grade boy asked me "Ms. Cox, why do they put us in groups?? They know we're just gonna talk." kid is smarter than the Dept of Public Instruction!!!!
Rhonda Cox Wrong!!!! DPI & SACS do NOT want to see this during an inspection! No orderly rows of students. They want students doing cooperative learning in centers or pods. They don't want quiet classrooms. They don't want teachers....they want facilitators. One 7th grade boy asked me "Ms. Cox, why do they put us in groups?? They know we're just gonna talk." kid is smarter than the Dept of Public Instruction!!!!
Pam Milligan Vaughan I don't know what DPI and SACS are, but I taught in a classroom where you vary lectures and group learning for which I got training at Stanford. There is usually one facilitator in a group that is a student. I monitored the kids closely so they didn't get off task, but they learned to monitor themselves as they were on a time limit. My students just didn't "talk." If teachers aren't trained for this type of instruction, maybe the kids do just talk. I also evaluated other classrooms for this type of learning, and the kids were usually on task.
Rhonda Cox DPI Dept of Public Instruction SACS Southern Accreditation Students are to actively engaged. We just went through the accreditation process. One of the things we were told is that did not want to visit quiet classrooms. Students should be collaborating & talking. Technology should be in use by multiple students. We are using the Daily Five. Students move from center to center daily. At least once a week the teacher conferences with the student in reference to his progress. We don't even have desks. I am in NC.
Rhonda Cox Most elementary grades do well in this atmosphere but you cannot expect it to be suddenly thrust upon middle schoolers & expect them to do well. You also have to consider the backgrounds & "area" you are in. Our county is extremely low income, the average IQ is low, & they come from homes where little to no parenting or training is taking place. Seventh grade boys who can't stay awake b/c he was up all night feeding & changing his baby sister while his "mother" partied. The socio-economic background plays into how classrooms should be structured. Our students did well in classrooms with set routines but fell apart when allowed to make their own choices.
Rhonda Cox Ann, I truly wish it was the old Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic. I work in the public school system & at a community college so I see the end results. Dropouts that cannot read above an elementary level or do long division. Forget knowing the multiplication tables....they feel students shouldn't memorize. Somethings have to be memorized, everything can't be fun & games. The college has high school grads that test lower than the lowest college remediation class (below 5th grade skills)and are sent to special classes. They can't enroll until they improve their skills & test into college level remediation. And Coomon Core is only going to make things worse. I worry.......
Angel Maness a classroom I visited recently, had 4 desks facing each other in orderly groups, in orderly rows! These children came in and sat in their chairs, quietly and waited for their teacher to give instructions. Apparently they got to the end of the line going out the door if they didn't obey his rules! The year before during Ag Day, they had stuff stolen from their desks so they turned them around so that the open part was on the inside of the quad, then they neatly placed their chairs on top of the desks and lined up anti-alphabetically, to leave the room for the first demonstration while another class came in to see what I was doing.
Brad Morrow Wow, really sad to hear all the negative anti-Americans in the comment section. But just a reminder, most adults in the 1950s thought your generation was ruining the country.
Valerie Taylor Our desks had lift up lids , so you put your work and books in it...any one else had desks like this......
Pat Davidson In Australian Primary schools all schools had lift up lids and very often there were two children sharing one double desk.... Primary schools are the first six or seven years of schooling depending on the state. My daughter is a primary teacher and things have certainly changed now!!
Kimberly Kidd Look at how well mannered they all look....That is because back then a kid knew they better not misbehave or they not only got it from the teacher then the principal but they also had it waiting for them when they got home...and it wasnt [external link] was discipline...For today's little smart azzes, it is abuse not to discipline.
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Janet Chambers Worley My classrooms on Long Island in the 50's and 60's looked just like this.The large windows were perfect for day dreaming.Schools had a lot of architectural character.There was no air con, but we survived.Now, my 6 year old grandson 's classroom is sterile and cold.
Betty Hane Except for no manners, cannot accept responsibility for their actions,(must call mommy and daddy to sue). inappropriate dress of both girls and not lets forget the boys showing off their underwear. The want of smaller class size PLease!!!!!!!!!!! I had 37 kids when i was in grade school per class. The lack of morals----need I go on.........
Darlene Harasem classrooms have changed a lot, many of the kids are brats, dont listen to their teachers or their parents, are rude and obnoxious and even dangerous, so ancient faces the picture above is nice but it's from another era and not this century, thanks.
Sharon Rose Mollet Yost Looks just like my classroom except we all wore uniforms and the boys had to be on one side and girls on the other. We had to march in a line in and out, say "Good Morning Sister" all together and raise our hand to talk. If we were BAD we sat on the window seal, had our gum put on our nose and had to stay after to erase the boards or write 100 times what we did BAD. We sat like this from 8 to 3 every day with 45 minutes for lunch if we had 5 cents for milk it was a real treat. My pencil was so short my fingers hurt to hold it ... we brought our own supplies and tried to make them last all year.
Susan Brier Oh God,the damn right-handed desks! If you are left-handed , like I am, you had to contort your body to be able to use the desk.. Do you know that 5 of the last 8 presidents have been left-handed (counting Reagan who was changed as a child)? So, even with this handicap, we succeeded. PS-They are Ford, Reagan, Bush 41, Clinton and Obama.
Carol Lowery Classrooms haven't changed much....except that girls are wearing skirts, poor things! Slacks are certainly more comfortable, and more modest, as far as that goes. Girls don't constantly have to worry about how they are sitting and what's showing. Also, class size has changed a little. :)
Ree Young Most all females wore skirts and dresses back then, and especially to school (though after school, we changed into slacks or shorts), so it wasn't really considered a big deal. Dresses and skirts then were long enough that sitting and not showing anything wasn't that big of a problem. Plus, girls were taught to sit properly.
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Kenneth C Martin our classrooms at Holy Family church in Brooklyn, New York were exactly the same, the desks, the very large windows, the hight ceilings..and beneath each window was a four foot radiator to keep the room warm during winter...a lot of eager faces there ...looks so willing to learn...