Large Group

Curtis Malone provides his own entertainment during psychology large group.
Curtis Malone provides his own entertainment during psychology large group.
Mrs. Mary Jane White takes her turn at the stand during her last semester on the senior English large group team.
Mrs. Mary Jane White takes her turn at the stand during her last semester on the senior English large group team.
Aaron Karp seems to be taking notes but look closely at how much he has written down.
Aaron Karp seems to be taking notes but look closely at how much he has written down.
Mike Bihn explains to Mrs. Kathy Roy why he was late to large group while Steve Yancey thinks up a good excuse.
Mike Bihn explains to Mrs. Kathy Roy why he was late to large group while Steve Yancey thinks up a good excuse.
Duane Spears, Tony West, Mike Buchanan and Read Hudson found that tilting the wheel helped their team in a senior English large group game.
Duane Spears, Tony West, Mike Buchanan and Read Hudson found that tilting the wheel helped their team in a senior English large group game.

High School Nap Time

To the casual observer, large group was a room full of 50 to 150 students — some sleeping, some taking notes, some reading day old assignments and others daydreaming the hour away.

For the students it was an inevitable part of the high school experience, since large group formed an integral part of all English classes as well as psychology, history and accounting.

Most students learned to place each large group session into one of four categories and looked forward to the class with anticipation or dread according to its classification. These were 1) the filmstrip, film, record category including W.C. Fields films and broken filmstrips, 2) the note taking period complete with the date Emily Bronte’s sister’s dog died, 3) the guest speaker, 4) the games, so aptly recalled by Nicky Gyles.

“I feel the large group system stands on a basically sound theory. However, one aspect of large group did cause me emotional anguish. Games involving singling out certain individuals and the social ridicule which followed was quite exasperating, especially when it happened to me.”

According to Mrs. Kathy Roy, senior English teacher, the purpose of large group was to allow speakers to talk to all the students at once as their schedules might not permit them to speak to each class individually. Large group also enabled teachers to shae the work load of offering lectures and showing filmstrips.

“We are not here to entertain,” observed one teacher.

Student opinions, on the other hand, were mixed.

“It’s a good idea,” said John Horn. “One advantage is that it breaks the routine. Students find it boring because it’s to formal and teachers often have uninteresting presentations.”

“Large groups are beneficial when they are used for speakers, film strips and things like that,” pointed out Kathy Bell, “But at times they could be very boring.”

— 1976 Amethyst

Julian to Maxwell

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Terry Julian
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Stephen Justus
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Barbara Kane
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Aaron Karp
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Cathy Kilgore
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Hee-Young Kim
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Debbie Kinion
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Teensy Kirby
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Kathy Kiser
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Soren Kraemer
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Bev Kreie
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Leslie Lane
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Linda Langham
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Laura Larr
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Lisa Lashley
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Anna Leichner
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Paul Leonard
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Mary Jane Lewis
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Steve Liddell
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Bill Long
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Leslie Long
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Jeems Love
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Mike Lyman
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Michelle Madden
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Kathy Maguire
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James Mahan
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Judy Mahone
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Curtis Malone
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Mark Martin
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Lisa Marzano
Kathy Maxwell
Kathy Maxwell