Wednesday, April 02, 2008

[TIPS] Keeping the same students for four years?

Very interesting article about the benefits of pairing students up with teachers for their four high school years. Graduation rates in the cited district soared from 39 to 70%! http://abcnews.go.com/WN/story?id=4569251&page=1

Y' know, combine this with a tech savvy teacher who sets up a ning (http://www.ning.com) with the class, and maybe a class blog, and you could end up with some wonderful relationships. I LOVE this idea.

2 comments:

John Larkin said...

hi Jim, an Australian teacher here. What is the norm? Here in Australia it is not that uncommon to teach the same student for six years during their secondary school education from age 12 through to 18.

Cheers, John
TeachTech

Jim Gates said...

John,

Over here the teachers typically will have a particular grade level, say 9th grade English, where they see only the 9th graders. The next year the students move on to another teacher.

I'd LOVE to hear move about your experiences with having the same students for six years. I'm sure there are pros and cons to it - for BOTH students and teachers. But, I can certainly see how a teacher would easily be able to connect one topic with another that was dealt with in a previous year.

Thanks, too, for the link to your blog. I'll definately be checking it out.