Slide #1 Since you are new to HMK you may not know this, but I taught 6 th Grade last year. (and the year before that). Before I came to 6 th , I taught 8 th grade science. A very long time ago I taught fourth grade. I liked teaching 4 th grade before. And I’m looking forward to teaching it again. We will learn lot of new things. I love to teach math and science. They are my favorite subjects to teach. I didn’t like either of these subjects when I was a kid in school. But I learned how to teach these subjects in different ways. This week I will tell you a few things about me each day so you can get to know me better. This first week of school we have to spend a lot of time learning about what is expected of you, and how we do certain things at HMK and in our classroom. It is very important for all of us to know the rules and it is important that we do things pretty much the same way. It makes things run much more smoothly and it helps insure that everyone gets what they need to learn. That is what we are here for: to learn.
When teachers want to teach something they need to get student’s attention. Each teacher does this in different ways [get contributions from students – lights on/off; give me five; etc]. CLASS/YES! Technique is a very simple technique. I will say “Class” – you will say “YES!? When I say “CLASS!” you will mimic that way that I say “class” using the word “Yes” back at me. When I say “CLASS!”, you say “YES!” “Class!” (students respond “Yes!”) “ However I say “Class!”, that’s how you say “Yes!” – “Class, Class!” (Students - “Yes, Yes!”) [Teacher DEEP voice] “Class!” – (students DEEP voice – “Yes!”) Then try High Voice and Super Quiet Voice. EXCELLENT JOB! .
When we do the “Class-Yes” technique there are some things that you need to do. First Stop whatever you are doing. Empty your hands. Get into a listening position – look at me; look like you are paying attention; - STAY in a listening position. Class-Yes is a direction to be followed. Now we are going to go over our FIVE classroom rules.
TEACHER: Excellent! Now, let’s review all five! (vary voice: high deep; stutter) T- Rule 1! S- Rule 1 – Follow directions quickly [ fish swimming] T- Rule 2! S- Rule 2: Raise your hand to speak! [ raise hand – make talking mouth sign] T- Rule 3! S- Rule 3: Raise hand to leave your seat! [ raise hand – walking fingers] T- Rule 4! S- Rule 4: Make Excellent Choices! [four fingers- tap side of head] T – Rule 5 S – Rule 5 - Keep Your Teacher Happy [five fingers – use index fingers to push smile on face) Great Remembering!
CLASS – YES! LOOK AT ME! Rule number one is “ Follow Directions Quickly” ~ the gesture: make your hand shoot forward like a fish~ Lets say it together: Class/ YES – “Rule number tone” (hold up 1 fingers) Class responds: Rule Number 1: Follow Directions Quickly (use gesture) Great Job! “Now let’s look at Rule number 2”
TEACHER: “Rule number 2 – Raise your hand for permission to speak” (the gesture: raise your hand, then pull it down next to your head and make a talking motion. “Let’s Practice- Class?/Yes? Rule number two” Students respond “ Rule number two – Raise your hand for permission to speak!” “ Wonderful! – now let’s try Rule Number 3”
“ Rule number 3: Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat. (the gesture: raise your hand, and then make a little walking figure with your index and middle finger.) “ CLASS?/YES – Rule number three” Students Respond – Rule number three: Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat. Good Job! Let’s try rule number four. GESTURES : Thumbs up (Excellent) Hold up two fingers, then with other hand “pick” - point at- each finger (choices) Rule Number Four has to do with how you manage your behavior. How you react to different situations. It probably should read “TRY to make Excellent Choices” but I believe in the power of positive thinking- so I try to say things in a positive way.
TEACHER: Rule number four is Make smart choices! (the gesture: tap one finger to your temple as you say each word. “ CLASS?/YES? Rule number four” Hold up 4 fingers -- Students respond “Rule number four – make smart choices” Gesture – tap side of head
Rule 5 – Keep your teacher happy -Use index fingers to push mouth into smile!
TEACHER: Class! Class! Class! STUDENTS: YES! YES! YES! T- Now we need to learn a critical Power Teaching Skill – remember that I said that one of the things that impressed me about Power Teaching was that it supported my belief that students should be interactively learning and should be able to teach each other? One reason I believe that, is because I think I talk too much. The longer I talk, the more students start tuning out. They start thinking about other things. So I am going to try to learn to speak more briefly. Educational Research tells us that students learn most when they teach each other. So, I am going to try to speak less and you are going to learn to teach more! I’m going to say “TEACH!” and you will say “OK!”. TEACH! Students: OK! T- Class! S- YES! T- I’m going to say “TEACH” and when you say “OK!”, you will turn your shoulders toward your partner, use gestures and teach the Five Simple Rules of our class. You will keep teaching the rules over and over. Then when you hear me say “CLASS!” You say “YES!” and look back at me. TEACHER: CLASS! STUDENTS: YES! TEACHER: TEACH! STUDENTS: OK
This is what the Listening Partner must do. (go over information) Usually once one partner has taught, we will Switch. I will Say “SWITCH!” and you will say “OK!” Just like “TEACH/OK” Let’s try again. This time if I clap twice and say SWITCH, then you clap twice and say “OK!” I want you to teach the Five Simple Rules – they are above the Board on Posters, if you forget. I want you to REALLY get into it -- use BIG gestures both Teaching and Listening! (Clap twice!) “SWITCH!” STUDENTS: (clap twice) “OK!” Teacher moves around praising and prompting.
TEACHER: “Class!” STUDENTS: “YES!” T- That was MOST EXCELLENT! Give yourselves a TEN-FINGERED Woo! Turn to your partner, hold your hands out in front of you toward your partner and wiggle your fingers while you say “Woooooooooo!” Ready! Set! Go! “Woooooooo!” Woo’s come in variations: five-fingered woo’s for small praises; silent five- to ten-fingered woos when making noise just is not appropriate; a rolling woo – (kinda like a wave); a ascending crescendo woo (woo sound starts low and goes high) or descending woo (sound goes from high to low); etc. Woos are a way of saying “great job!”.
TEACHER: Excellent! Now, let’s review all five! (vary voice: high deep; stutter) T- Rule 1! S- Rule 1 – Follow directions quickly [ two fingers then hands to mouth like yelling] T- Rule 2! S- Rule 2: Raise your hand to speak! [ two fingers– then walking fingers] T- Rule 4! S- Rule 4: Make Excellent Choices! [four fingers- tap temple] T- Rule 5 S- Rule 5: Keep Your Teacher Happy [five fingers – use index fingers to push smile on face) Great Remembering! TEACHER: Class Students: “Yes!” Now, we are not all perfect. And I do not expect that you will remember all of these rules, all of the time. Even I will forget, in my zeal for teaching, to enforce a rule sometimes. So, We will practice reciting the rules several times each day. We will also remind each other of the rules when they are not followed., GIVE ME AN “ahhh” (as in “Ahhh, I get it!) STUDENTS: “Ahhh!” TEACHER: Rule number one is probably the most violated rule of all. It is not that everyone is disrespectful it is just that we don’t think, sometimes. For instance, if I am talking and someone is not listening, I consider that being disrespectful of others (people) and self. So, when someone is talking to their neighbor, or taking their mechanical pencil apart while I am talking, I will say “RULE 1” and you will respond with??? STUDENTS: “Rule 1 – RESPECT: People, Property, Self” TEACHER: Students LOVE to correct each other, and remind their teachers when they forget! Give me an “OH Yeah!” STUDENTS: “OH Yeah!” In this first week or so I may explain why the rule was being stated, but I will try not to use names. For instance if Robert is digging through his desk while I am giving a writing assignments I would say “Rule 1” and you would repeat the rule. I might then say something like “It is disrespectful to rummage around in your desk while someone is talking.” I would try NOT to say “Excuse me Robert, but did you know it is disrespectful to dig in your desk while I am trying to give the class an assignment?” In this way, everyone is reminded of the rule, the student who caught my attention by being inadvertently disrespectful is specifically reminded of the rule and is aware that teaching was disrupted by his/her behavior. Then as an added bonus, if I do not specifically say names or even later on, don’t state specifically what EXACTLY was disrespectful, others who were actually ‘off-task’ but didn’t really get caught, usually shape up and I don’t have to deal with them at all! Unless they choose to remain ‘off-task’ – in which case I will deal with them soon.
Since you are all here, that means that you are where you belong. But I will take attendance just to make sure. [Use Bulletin Board to move markers/name tags – as I call your name, tell me one thing about you - I will move your shirt on the Bulletin Board – Tomorrow YOU will move you own shirt as part of your Self-Starter]. The Self-starter is what you do when you first come into class in the morning, AFTER Exploratory. The Self-starter will be on the whiteboard each morning. Sometimes I will put it on the projector; sometime I will write it on the Board. You can do the first four things in any order: sharpen your pencils – TWO of them; move your name tag; put your stuff away and put your pack/sweater/jacket securely on your chair. Then do your Morning Work. You should know that there is only a certain amount of time to complete these tasks. It’s not like you have all morning to get it done.
FIVE Simple Rules <ul><li>1) Follow Directions Quickly! </li></ul><ul><li>Gesture: make your hand shoot forward like a fish </li></ul><ul><li>2) Raise Your Hand to Speak! </li></ul><ul><li>Gesture: Raise hand – mouth talking with hand </li></ul><ul><li>3) Raise Your Hand to Leave Your Seat! </li></ul><ul><li>Gesture: Raise hand – walking fingers </li></ul><ul><li>4) Make smart Choices! </li></ul><ul><li>Gesture: tap side of head </li></ul><ul><li>5) Keep Your Teacher Happy! </li></ul><ul><li>Gesture: use index finger to push big smile on face- </li></ul>
RULE NUMBER one <ul><li>Follow </li></ul><ul><li>directions quickly </li></ul>
RULE NUMBER Two <ul><li>Raise your hand for permission to speak </li></ul>
Rule number three <ul><li>Raise hand for permission to leave your seat </li></ul>
Rule number four <ul><li>Make smart choices </li></ul>
Rule five <ul><li>Keep your </li></ul><ul><li>teacher </li></ul><ul><li>happy </li></ul>
Power teaching <ul><li>Teach ! </li></ul><ul><li>OK! </li></ul>
Active Listening <ul><li>Focus on what is being said </li></ul><ul><li>Look at your partner </li></ul><ul><li>Mimic their gestures </li></ul><ul><li>Make listening gestures: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hold hand to ear </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Roll your hands </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(keep info coming/remind them to repeat info) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You may NOT be passive (just sitting) </li></ul></ul>
Self-Starter <ul><li>Do it When you first come in to class </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Right after Exploratory. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instructions on the Board </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Put your stuff away </li></ul><ul><li>Move your Name Tag </li></ul><ul><li>Sharpen two pencils </li></ul><ul><li>Do the morning work </li></ul>