Words of Wisdom #2: Classroom Management with Physical Proximity

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Using physical proximity as a classroom management technique ensures student on-task behavior (and prevents student misbehavior).   THE POWER OF PHYSICAL PROXIMITY The power of a teacher’s physical proximity is amazing.  I severely underestimated this power my first year of teaching.  I confess that I pretty much sat behind my teacher’s desk or perched on a stool behind a podium. Fact is, especially in a first period of 40 eighth graders, I wanted something between me and them at all times.  It could be desk, a podium, a lion-tamer’s chair… ANYTHING for a barrier.  I did not understand the power […]