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Seventy-three suggestions

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Seventy-three suggestions

  1. 1. Operate on the assumption that each student wants to be successful Make it a point to find a way of relating to each student in a supportive manner Be friendly but firm with students Treat each student with kindness and respect
  2. 2. Attempt to enhance the self-concept of each student by building on his or her skills and optimism When a student(s) act inappropriately, remain calm and composed Identify three to five students during each lesson who you can praise individually for successful work Praise students as a group for good work
  3. 3. Display a sense of humor During each passing period between class sessions be at the doorway to greet and chat with students Be available to talk to students before and after school to help or „just talk‟ Display respect and dignity for each student
  4. 4. To encourage appropriate behaviour, establish realistic behaviour standards, including consequences Insist that students are respectful of themselves and others Through discussions ensure that students understand the fairness/reasons for all established standards Keep a supply of „loaners‟ (pens/pencils/glue etc.) on hand for students who forget theirs & don‟t make a big deal out of it
  5. 5. Communicate to students that trivial offenses will not be escalated into major issues Be impartial and fair when working with students Interact with all students, not just a select few Give students a pleasing greeting each day and wish them a pleasant afternoon/weekend/ vacation
  6. 6. Use preventative discipline – identify potential problems before they develop To monitor classroom activity, keep on your feet during class time Expect students to listen attentively while another student or the teacher is talking Keep class work and assignments separate from student behaviour issues
  7. 7. If a student, after being corrected for misbehaving, does the right thing, praise/encourage them When correcting student misbehaviour, communicate in a private, positive and respectful manner When you detect student frustration or anxiety, adjust the learning activity When the class gets restless/noisy, provide for a change of pace or activity rather than scold the class
  8. 8. Communicate to each class that the entire group will not be disciplined as a result of the actions of a few students Admit that at times, student misbehaviour is a result of something your fault Find ways to motivate students, including the reluctant learner Carefully plan each classroom session so that there is no „dead time‟
  9. 9. Adjust lesson plans to take into account school life situations when students often get restless (e.g. Friday afternoon) During each lesson, provide at least one learning activity in which all students can experience success During each class period, provide a variety of learning activities (don‟t use a whole period to complete one activity) Adjust daily lesson planning to take into account the students‟ span of attention
  10. 10. Make discipline decisions that are appropriate and realistic for the age level and infraction Think through discipline decisions before acting Only make discipline decisions that you can enforce Make discipline decisions after the „heat of the moment‟ has passed
  11. 11. When a student misbehaves, find a way to correct behaviour privately (e.g. move near the student and whisper a correction) Seek assistance from the administration before allowing misbehaviour problems to become acute
  12. 12. While taking attendance/admin, ensure students are on task Establish time-saving routines for collecting papers/distributing materials and supplies Make directions for any learning activity brief and concise Use visual aids to help present and review concepts and directions
  13. 13. After giving directions for guided/independent practice, move around the classroom observing effectiveness of directions and providing assistance Show sincere enthusiasm for the subjects you teach Provide a neat classroom that gives students the idea of orderliness Present a professional personal appearance in the classroom
  14. 14. Insist that students maintain high standards in work and behaviour – have realistic and attainable standards Use many different teaching methods as there is no „best‟ one Homework assignments must have a purpose To assist students with their homework, teach students how to study by showing them a variety of study skills
  15. 15. Ensure that student work is displayed in the classroom Provide ways of giving students responsibility Be patient with students and be willing to reteach concepts that were not understood when first taught During each class, summarize or have students summarize the day‟s learnings
  16. 16. The work that is assigned to students is within their capabilities and power Use pre-tests or other procedures to ascertain what students already know Involve students in setting learning goals for each teaching unit Ask students to propose test questions and other types of evaluative activities
  17. 17. Involve students in peer- teaching situations, cooperative learning and small group instruction Limit the lecture method of teaching – any “teacher talks” are to be <10 minutes long

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