World-Class Teacher’s Handbook

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World-Class Teacher’s Handbook:

Secrets to Running a Great Classroom

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World-Class
Teacher’s
Handbook
Running a
GREAT
CLASSROOM

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Thank you

For teaching.
For downloading.
For reading.
For subscribing.
For caring.
For sharing.

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Only Two Rules

Rule #1:
Always Be Prepared
Rule #2:
Never Be Boring

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Classroom Management

•BE PREPARED

•Have a plan for handling disruptions

•Have a plan to teach and train your students how to meet your expectations

•Have a Lesson Plan A and a Plan B –with Plan C just in case.

•Use FORMULAS and a LIMITED NUMBER of types of lessons to make it EASY for students to learn HOW TO BE GOOD STUDENTS.

•The mix of students in your classes will dictate how advanced and how many types of lessons you can use.

•Adjust your expectations to put success within the grasp of your students.

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Classroom Chatter

•Make Clear Distinctions about when students should be SILENT, or are allowed to talk quietly, or have permission to call out.

•Teach them what the EXPECTATIONS are IN ADVANCE —long before you have even an opportunity for a problem.

•Teach them HOW TO RECOGNIZE THE CUES that the situation has changed. Many students DO NOT UNDERSTAND SUBTLE.

•Use a VISUAL CUE system to save yourself a LOT of repetition. You can then just point to the indicator instead of explaining (yet again) that there is no talking at all during an exam.

•Always Be Consistent –use the same patterns and systems to pass out and collect papers. Write variations on the board and address those changes in advance.

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Classroom Rules

•If you want students to take ownership of the classroom rules, you MUST include them in ESTABLISHING THE RULES.

•This does NOT mean letting them dictate to you.

•Example: how many disruptions before a student should be removed from the classroom? 3 strikes and out? 2? 4?

•Many rules have flexible components that students can be consulted on (penalty for late work, cursing in class, etc.) –the more INPUT your kids have in establishing the rules, the more THEY WILL HELP YOU ENFORCE THE RULES AND SEE THEM AS FAIR.

•Do this IN ADVANCE of actual problems, not when they arise.

•Teaching them how to be good studentsis MORE IMPORTANT than teaching content.

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Keep a Behavior Journal

•Use to document SIGNIFICANT behaviors when they occur.

•Let students initial next to your notes about what happened.

•When the behavior is repeated, there is NO DISPUTE that they did this before.

•EMPOWERS YOU to track patterns of behavior and HOLDS STUDENTS ACCOUNTABLE at a much higher level.

•Uses minimal time BUT PAYS OFF TRIPLE in time saved arguing over what did or didn’t happen last week.

•EMPOWERS YOU to deal with situations OUTSIDE OF CLASSTIME.

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Be A.B.O.S.S.

•A LWAYSBBBE ON THES STUDENT’S IDE

•Actively look for ways they can be right, have made a mistake, excuses to give them a second or third chance. This does NOT allow them to walk all over you because…

•IN YOUR JOURNAL, you document and have them sign that the NEXT TIME THIS HAPPENS, they will have a consequence.

•They see you as FAIR and ON THEIR SIDE. NOT AN ENEMY.

•Choose your battles…wisely.

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Address Behaviors As They Occur –TO TEACH

•Don’t embarrass students.

•Many do not realize they are being rude or disruptive.

•Give them a chance to try again, take it back, apologize, whatever, and move on with the lesson.

•All the students benefit from the mini-lesson.

•You are TEACHING them HOW TO BE GOOD STUDENTS.

•You are TRAINING them to behave well.

•Every MINUTE you spend on this, saves you TEN MINUTES of future disruptions.

•Next year’s teachers will loveyou.

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CLASSROOM SKILLS MUST BE TAUGHT

•Make teaching classroom skills as important as teaching content.

•Hold students to HIGH STANDARDS OF BEHAVIOR.

•Raising hands

•Staying in seat

•Respectful language

•Heading their papers appropriately

•Being prepared for class

•Ignoring distractions

•THESE ARE ALL SKILLS THAT CAN IMPROVE.

•YOU MUST MASTER CORRECTING/REDIRECTING STUDENTS WITHOUT MAKING THEM FEEL BAD

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A Fish Stinks from the Head Down

•Your students need you to be AT YOUR BEST.

•You must take care of yourself –mental breakdowns don’t help us achieve learning goals.

•Have plans that you can use where students do 90% of everything and you can be free to recuperate, grade papers, organize, plan lessons, etc.

•Mental health days are IMPORTANT. Take them BEFORE you break down in tears.

•Look for PROGRESS, not PERFECTION, in yourself and your students.

•Lean on your strengths and get help for your weaknesses.

•Work on your secret goals –why you became a teacher in the first place. You will feel real accomplishment.

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Group ConsequencesSUCK

•Group consequences set the students against each other.

•The good students are being punished for no reason.

•P.S. This makes you a jerk.

•You will INCREASE conflicts in the class

•INSTEAD, learn to REDIRECT the entire class WITHOUT chastising them and really, even the best classes get derailed and you have to reign them in. Why make them feel bad for it?

•Use ONE effective technique.

•TEACH the students.

•PRACTICE three times with them and when they are sloppy about responding, PRACTICE three times with them again.

•DO NOT LET STUDENTS BLACKMAIL YOU BY USING YOUR DESIRE TO TEACH THE MATERIAL AGAINST YOU. BE WILLING TO SPEND CLASSTIME ON THESE SKILLS!

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Group RewardsRULE

•Gets the students and you to work together as a TEAM.

•Gives them a reason (which you’ll have to remind them) to set aside petty conflicts that waste class time.

•Makes you a hero.

•The “good” kids appreciate it because THEY can be helpful and useful to the lower functioning (“bad”) kids.

•Less bullying and teasing for the nerds! Yay!

•The “bad” kids appreciate it because THE BAD KIDS “KNOW” THEY WILL NEVER SUCCEED ON THEIR OWN.

•Don’t let them ruin it for everyone…use your Behavior Journal to handle those few who might ruin things by giving them separate individual consequences.

•Make sure success seems possible to the students so they stay motivated.

•Don’t fear compromise but don’t be a welcome mat.

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