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  1. 1. The Suck Defeating Parkinson’s Law in the Modern classroom #caedchat 5/18/2014
  2. 2. As we move from: ! Worksheets Lecture Direct instruction (that dominates an entire class period) We need: ! Better skills for managing projects ! More tools to measure mastery as class time becomes more fuzzy and self directed
  3. 3. The old flow was linear…. The new flow is more complex….
  4. 4. Example: The Science Fair
  5. 5. Comedian Brian Reagan:! ! “This is me on Monday morning: Oh no, no! I had nine months to do my Science project and I have nothing.” ! Why is this such a cliché?! !
  6. 6. ! ! The amount of time which one has to perform a task is the amount of time it will take to complete the task.
  7. 7. If you wait until the last minute, it only takes a minute to do. Corollary to Parkinson’s Law
  8. 8. Effects in Grading
  9. 9. Only allow projects to be done early for extra credit. ! Make them respect the regular assignments - and, when they finish early, they can reflect. Don’t allow EXTRA CREDIT Assignments Make them do quality work all quarter long - take away end of the quarter buffer!!
  10. 10. Do quick assignments Make kids finish in class Parkinson’ Law states: Taking it home to finish is not a good plan
  11. 11. Suck free assignment- clear and open ended.
  12. 12. Origins of “The suck” But when did military types start talking about embracing the suck? Capt. Benjamin Tupper, who contibuted to Slate's military blog The Sandbox, remembers first hearing "embrace the suck" in 2001, soon after the U.S. invaded Afghanistan. "The spirits of the American infantrymen were undeterred," Tupper wrote in his book Greetings from Afghanistan. "Their Zen-like approach was to 'embrace the suck,' a strategy of treating the hardships as friends, not enemies, and driving on." http://www.slate.com/blogs/lexicon_valley/2013/12/13/embrace_the_suck_nancy_pelosi_used_a_slang_military_phrase_when_urging_house.html
  13. 13. Origins of “The suck” Also noted in the book Black Hawk Down Since I LOVE history, I chose this term.
  14. 14. Don’t change deadlines When kids know the deadline can change….. Max points of 70% for late work How can they fix the grade? Do the rest of the major assignments EARLY!
  15. 15. Require things to be done in class Done or ZERO No make up How can they fix the grade? Do the rest of the major assignments EARLY!
  16. 16. Teach kids about The Suck Give them a name for the process Allow them to articulate the struggle They will respond positively
  17. 17. The Suck Defeating Parkinson’s Law in the Modern classroom #caedchat 5/18/2014

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