Words of Wisdom #6: Student Academic Success

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ACADEMIC SUCCESS – SHOWING STUDENTS THE LINK BETWEEN EFFORT AND OUTCOME Now we know the truth of this statement, but unfortunately it is not always something that students understand.  And it is our job to help students connect the study habits, behaviors, and habits of mind with the resulting academic success that follows when they engage these three.  We must help students see what and how they need to do to experience academic success. The Kappan once ran a cartoon of a student after school saying to his friend:  My teacher’s really tricky – I study hard and she gives me […]

Words of Wisdom #5: Classroom Procedures

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  CLASSROOM PROCEDURES – KEY TO CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT    No doubt you have a picture in your head of how an effective classroom should run.   You have an ideal image of what things students should be doing – and how and when and where.  The goal is to get that same image in your students’ heads.  And believe me, none of them have yet passed Mind Reading 101.  These ideas are realized through your teaching of classroom procedures.     I blush to admit that the following story is true… TRUE STORY – BUT NOT THAT YEAR…YET It was the second […]

Words of Wisdom #4: Problem Prevention in the Classrooom

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Repeated eye contact and physical proximity — a recipe for problem prevention in the classroom. Teacher “withitness” can not only prevent misbehavior before it occurs, but also it can improve classroom climate and increase student engagement.   PROBLEM PREVENTION IN THE CLASSROOM Well, of course!  This one seems obvious.  Nip “stuff” in the proverbial bud before it gets a chance to blossom.  Problem prevention is the goal.  But the trick is HOW do you do it?  It starts with something from WOW #2 – that thing about your two best classroom management tools being your eyes and feet.  Making periodic, […]