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  • THE AUTHORITARIAN CLASSROOM
  • You have to watch out for Alex. That boy is nothing but trouble. And Cynthia! Don't even get me started with that one!
  • Setting up the classroom
  • Ok... So I know I can't have Alex and Cynthia together. Maybe James should sit here.
  • The first days of school
  • Rule #1 is that you should always raise your hand before speaking.
  • In an authoritarian classroom, teachers begin preparing for the school year by finding out as much information as they can about the students they will be teaching. This automatically creates expectations that can influence student behavior and trap them in self-fulfilling prophecies.
  • THE OPEN CLASSROOM
  • ♪ La la la ♪
  • You have to watch out for Alex. That boy is nothing but trouble. And Cynthia! Don't even get me started with that one!
  • After gathering information teachers get busy creating a seating chart, arranging furniture, and setting up the classroom for the year.
  • Setting up the classroom 
  • When students arrive, the first days of school are usually spent discussing rules, routines, and classroom procedures. For Kohl, this communicates that the priority of the teacher is controlling students.
  • The first days of school 
  • In an open classroom, teachers work hard to create a state of suspended expectations, so that students are free to present themselves as they truly are and empowered to change and grow.
  • Instead of setting up a structured classroom, non-authoritarian teachers begin the school year by preparing and gathering diverse materials. They will later discover from the students what is relevant to them.
  • During the first days of school, teachers and students get to know each other. Then, students can explore the resources in the classroom and offer ideas for how to use them. Furthermore, they can set up the classroom the way they want it and decide where they would like to sit. Rules and procedures will be created naturally as the need arises.
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