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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

What are Overlapping and Withitness? Two Hidden Teaching Practices

With overlapping the teacher is able to manage two or more parallel and simultaneous events in a classroom (e.g. facilitating several reading groups while providing certain students with special attention). * J. Kounin (1970) created the term “withitness” which suggests that veteran teachers can see and anticipate problems that may arise when overlapping occurs. Accordingly, students think certain teachers have this quality of “withitness” when it seems that their teacher actually “has eyes in the back of his or her head.”

* Kounin, J. (1970). Discipline and Classroom Management. New York, NY: Holt, Rinehart and Winston.

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