Controlled Chaos vs. Cookie Cutter Learning

Since my first day in the classroom circa 1995 as a sub, I learned that classroom control is a relative term that is open to interpretation. Some kids can and do follow the model but a handful cannot.

I used to think that showing growth on a standardized test was the best way to measure my effectiveness as s teacher. That is, after all, the measure some of the public uses. I have come to believe and practice now a teaching that engages and inspires all my students. Worksheets take a backseat to puppets , guitar, and white boards.

I don’t seek uniformity in much these days. I encourage all my kids at her/his own level and seek individual motivation. As a result, I identify my class as controlled chaos all day. That’s good but it doesn’t mean it’s easy for me. My hope in fostering these things is that the kids will find their own way to a love for learning. Controlled chaos wears me out some days, but I like it better than making kids into cookie cutter thinkers. In the end I feel they will excel at all types of assessments.

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Author: Damien Riley

Having been a public school teacher since 1997, I've gained valuable classroom experience. Sometimes a great tool is a dynamite lesson plan. These posts are from a real teaching journey. I hope they inspire you. Thanks for reading!

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