Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Julius Caesar For A Crowd

We're in the thick of Julius Caesar around here. Implementation of everything we learned is gradual--the kids are really clinging to their desks. I am trying it with them daily, and sometimes it works.

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Here we are, all lined up for text layups!

My question for the group is this: A week from Friday, I am doing some entering JC work for all the 10th graders. We see a production the next week and want to get them thinking a bit about the play.

So they'll be as many as 80 kids in the room at once. How would you handle this? How well do you think our activities will play with 80 kids at a time?



At 11:03 PM, Blogger David Quinn said...

Ah, the infamous 80 kids problem. I saw this on a teacher exam.

I remember writing something like this: Pick the biggest kids and set them on fire. This will cause everyone else to be afraid.

I tried it last year; not so successful.

My second idea would be the infamous 10 groups of 8, as gender-neutral as you can get. Then come up with a small group exercise where all 8 have specific roles in the small group, something very task oriented.

Keeping little pods of 8 together is a heck of a lot easier than trying to manage 80, imho.

Or, you could try the fire.

At 11:14 PM, Blogger Holbrook said...

What size room? A regular classroom, or a larger area with room to move? How much time do you have? Is there more than an 18-inch differential between the heights of the students? Will anyone be wearing yellow AND aqua?

Okay, not all those questions are important ones.

At 11:20 PM, Blogger educat said...

You know, we could pick the largest kid in each of that pod of ten and burn him (or her, if she's a big girl). Sets an example fast, gets my point across.

And then there's more room on that school bus...

At 1:19 PM, Blogger Emily said...

I like the pod idea. It will allow students to discuss what they're learning in a manageable way (I just spent 2 minutes trying to figure out how to spell manageable, btw.... I still don't know if I got it right).

You could do the number/color coded groups: each kid gets a colored piece of paper with a number and a letter on it. They can group with their color or their number or their letter. It mixes them up a bit.

Definitely, though, definitely mill and seethe in a large group. How beautiful that will be!


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