Thursday, October 22, 2009

Classroom Management

Thursday, October 22, 2009

I've been tasked to develop an evaluation tool for one our products, a classroom management software. As I tried to understand how its features work, I realized how different classes are managed nowadays compared to the way it was before. When I was in grade school the piercing look of the teacher would have frozen us to attention; now it takes a computer software to remove distractions and compel students to focus and pay attention. It’s a far cry, too, from how our classes were handled in college and graduate school. Who needed computers when our classes were conducted under the trees or by the pond--without the usual classroom hierarchy, with both teacher and students sitting Indian style on the grass and freely exchanging ideas, and where distractions become a source of intellectual stimulation? A software that monitors and records every move a student makes in the classroom seems to be incongruous with a system where the only requirement is to write several papers and pass the final exam and attendance is not even an issue. Or so I thought. Programs like this would not have been developed if people don’t have a need for it.

It’s utterly antediluvian I know, but why do we seem to have this tendency to “applaud the past and lament the present”?


witsandnuts said...

I sometimes would love to be in gradeschool again at the moment because of the technology. But at the end of the day, I loved how we were taught in the past. =)

Anonymous said...

Hi Angeli,

Just read your two previous posts. I have been away for a bit and just got back into the blogs. Clearly your writing is as superb as ever, your 'forgiven' post is excellent and your 'typical morning' is nothing like mine!
This post is very interesting but I don't know about the antediluvian stuff. I believe that where working with people in education is the issue common sense dictates that what made things interesting for previous generations is exactly what makes things interesting to todays generations.
Direct contact with a fun element with a big dollop of story telling. I don't see computers ever being able to accomplish any of that so you've certainly got quite a challenge there. If you succeed let us know.

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