A powerful reward is a phone call to mum/dad in front of the class. I have used this a lot. Whip out the phone, call in front of the student and the class. A 15 second conversation which goes something like this. “Hello Mr Brown. This is Bob Brandis. I’m sorry to interrupt but I just rang to say Bill is having a fabulous day and trying his hardest at his school work. Thanks for your support at home. Have a nice day!”
Honestly, every mouth drops in the class and Mr Brown is probably receiving CPR at work. I have even left the same message on answering machines. You can imagine the student rushing to get home and wait for Mum/Dad to arrive so they can get the message.
The impact on the class is immediate.
When marking the class roll, have the students look around and mentally picture the student who is in front of them in the roll. The first student in alphabetical order says "Brian is here", The second person continues, "Jeff is here" and so one. The teacher says nothing. Every student will be focussed on when it is their turn and whether students keep the order. If a student is absent the student next in line says "Jenny is away. Graham is here." In the long term, it makes marking the roll quick and easy rather than a long drawn out process.
Anyone who follows me on Twitter already knows what I did during the holidays.
7 Successful Habits for Teachers
Based on Steven Covey's best seller - 7 Habits of Highly Successful People, this examines the practical application for teachers.
We can learn much from what successful people have been applying for YEARS. Steven Covey's book has sold over 15 million copies and is the most widely read book on self improvement. This book applies his principles to YOU.
Next Month - August
Feel like a chicken running around with your head cut off?
Is your house a mess? Papers piling up on your kitchen counter. You can no longer see what color the top of your desk is. And it's getting harder and harder to feel comfortable in your own home with the mess. The hectic schedule. And the unorganized life.
There comes a point when you must say, "Enough! I need to get organized now if it kills me!"
Sometimes all it takes is a little push in the right direction to get started. To make just a few changes to a busy life that makes it more manageable.
Decrease the amount of time you talk. Try different ways to incorporate questions to get the students involved. Students are more likely to participate and engage in what they are learning if they feel like they have a choice and a voice in the activity or lesson.
Ask a question to the class. Have each student explain the answer to their partner - not you.
Take turns sharing answers with each other. This strategy certainly keeps students focussed.
Executive RESOURCES - from June
Executive Resources - July
Word Place and Word Search are spelling and logic challenges.
Spelling Demons – use the most misspelled words in the English language.
Students must place the words in the blank grid. Not all words are included in all puzzles. Some puzzles are less complex than others.
Students must strategize word placement by logically working forwards.
Spelling Demons is available from the Executive Suite
If you are new to a class, one GREAT activity would be to prepare a crossword including the jumbled names of all the students in your class. This is a great way to focus and create a connection between you and the students. Student names is the first link in the connection chain. This activity is easily achieved if you have the My Crossword Maker which has an automatic scramble word option. It is a free part of the Life Members (RT3) package and is available to download free from the Executive suite.