Your efficient organization of pupils, hardware, and software will
reduce interruptions and increase the amount of time on task. Below
are tips for establishing and maintaining the momentum of ETE modules.
Your Classroom and Materials
Arrange the Room Appropriately: Members of a team
should sit close enough to communicate without disrupting the other
teams. All students should be visible to the teacher. Leave plenty
of room around student desks so that you can easily walk around
and monitor students' interactions. High traffic areas such as the
pencil sharpener and doorways should be kept free of congestion.
Appropriately: Materials should be distributed in such
a way that students understand that the assignment requires a joint
effort. Materials useful to all should be readily accessible to
a Time Frame for Each Task
When communicating expectations to students, it's a good idea to
tell them how much time they have to produce a product or to practice
a skill. Shorter is better than longer because a short time encourages
students to start promptly and move smartly. Give students reasonable
time to complete project tasks, but don't make the mistake of allowing
too much time, because many students will then develop the habit
of dawdling over their work (Harmin,
Students Write Progress Reports
ETE student teams work on tasks for an extended time to produce
a tangible product. The hardest part for you will be giving up control
and trusting your students to grow into the challenges. The best
part will be seeing students become energetic and responsible as
they work on the modules. Having students write progress reports
is a good way to reassure yourself that progress is being made.
Request a weekly report of what the students have accomplished and
what specific plans they have for the following week. Each student
could submit this information every Friday, or team members could
rotate the job of reporting for the team.