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4th grade math teacher in FL

Good question, Tom. I noticed

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Good question, Tom. I noticed this morning, while students were individually engaged in their routine, some were quietly talking about external things, but they were also on task. I didn't correct them, since they were getting their work done, they were talking very quietly and not bothering anyone. I would think that the acceptable time would change from class to class, depending on the personality of the students and their ability to get the content and stay on task, or multi-task.

4th grade math teacher in FL

I tried flipping earlier in

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I tried flipping earlier in the year with Edmodo, Explain Everything and Educreations. While the kids love it, I'm finding myself not having time to prep for the "doing" in class. I've gone back to lecturing and hate it, so do the kids :(

8th Grade Science Houston, Texas

Yep I agree. I am just

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Yep I agree. I am just getting started but have been thinking and planning for 2 years. I run a very strict and organized classroom and I totally fear giving up that control, although I know I need to do so. I teach bell to bell and am very structured so I worry most about off task time and idle time. I realize some this good and necessary but I can't get my arms around what percent of the time is OK. What do you think is an acceptable percentage of time for social activities in class?

High School Science, Ontario

Teaching to mastery and

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Teaching to mastery and allowing students to proceed at their own pace makes complete sense. However, how do you conduct labs, experiments and demonstrations when students are working on different concepts?

Also for alternative assessments do you just provide a list of learning goals students must prove understanding of?

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