Listen in on a working session Larry Geni had with Ryan Murphy, a mathematics teacher at Niles North High School. The conversation wanders through a range of topics, including: Fixed vs growth mindset, a refrigerator analogy for the learning process, long term vs short term memory, finding the optimal seating arrangement and other decor issues, and the need for being nonjudgmental when confronted with problematic behavior.
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In this work session, Larry Geni talks with Gordon Booker, a chemistry teacher at Niles North High School, about some of the specific issues that arise during "open work time", when students are spreading out to work on different things at the same time. In particular, the question is how to help students to find internal motivation to work when they are not being told what to do by the teacher. Additional topics discussed include how to deal with inappropriate phone use, and how to teach students to take better notes.