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Monday, July 27, 2009

Subdividing: Another Hidden Teaching Best Practice That Preservice and Novice Teachers May Not Perceive

As we have discussed, teaching is a more much complex enterprise than one might imagine. Experienced teachers make many decisions before, during and after the teaching invent to improve their professional practices. One of those practices not readily observable that veteran teachers apply is subdividing.

What is Subdividing and How Might It Be Applied?

When a complex set of events takes place in class (e.g. putting away materials, lining up for dismissal, etc.) the seasoned teacher divides the task into easily achievable segments. Accordingly a teacher might say, “I want team A to …, team B to ..., and C to …”

On the next post we will discuss another hidden teaching practice, anticipation.

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