Harris Ethnography—The Larry Beaudin Case
your students to analyze the direct teaching lesson that Larry
Beaudin shares with his 4th grade students. Is Beaudin an "intentional"
teacher? Does he employ sound principles of educational psychology?
Even though this is the first class of the semester, assure
your students that they intuitively know good teaching when
they see it and that, with a little thought, they can identify
many of the componant parts of good teaching method.
your students to watch the clips in sequence (about 12 minutes),
and to identify some of tools that Beaudin uses to motivate
his students, control their behavior, teach them difficult concepts
and encourage quality perfomance. Ask them to consider the following
does Beaudin do to capture and maintain his students' interest?
* What does be do to keep order in the classroom?
* What does he do to make his objectives clear to the students?
* What tools does he use help the students understand the concepts
he is teaching?
* What does he do to ensure that the students will remember
the concepts he is teaching?
* What characteristics does he display that seem to make the
students like and respect him?
* What additional observations would you like to make about
this teaching experience?
* What could Beaudin do to make his lesson even more effective?
students know that you will watch this clip again later in the
semester to see if they can more easily identify the principles
of educational psychology that Beaudin is employing in his teaching.
For now, it is enough that they realize that they are already
educational psychologists with at least 15 years of research
skill behind them (their years in the educational system)
want to use this as an additional classtime assignment and invite
the students to participate in a discussion about the lesson
is available in the 301 files or online.