Lisa JohnsonEDCI 553Montana State UniversityNorthern Plains Transition to Teaching
Teacher Attitude and Expectations Display an enthusiasm for my subject area in generaland the daily concepts in particular. Treat each student as a human being rather than anumber or seat in the classroom. Acknowledge that all students are capable of learningto the best of their ability.
Teacher Attitude and Expectations Practice the technique of Normalizing Errors (Lemov,2010, p. 221)“Getting it wrong and then getting it right is one of thefundamental processes for schooling. Respond to bothparts of this sequence, the wrong and the right, ascompletely normal.”Doug LemovTeach Like a Champion: 49Techniques That Put Studentson the Path to College
Knowing My Students“The quality of the relationships teachers have withstudents is the key-stone of effective management andperhaps even the entirety of teaching.”Robert MarzanoThe Art and Science of Teaching
Knowing My Students At the beginning of the year, use an interest inventoryto obtain information about each student, such asextracurricular activities, hobbies, family life. Be familiar with the local culture of students Speak with students about their interests atappropriate times. When possible, attend student events outside ofschool. Let student know to expect me—and followthrough!
Establishing a Positive LearningEnvironment Remind students that their best is expected every day. Create a safe environment for students towork, learn, and grow. Remember that learning is not about me and how Ifeel from day to day. It is about the students.
Engaging Materials Be enthusiastic about learning and teaching! Make the material accessible to students byconnecting it to previously taught material. Use hands-on and discovery activities as often aspossible. Use physical movement Scavenger hunts that allow students to move around the room Function charades where students model functions using theirbodies
Engaging Materials Post interesting math-related magazine articles andwebsites around the classroom. Data collections allowing students to gather their ownmeaningful information. As often as possible, connect mathematics content tothe real world. Use guest speakers, video clips, and web images to relate currentconcepts to real world Have students apply math skills to real-life problem situations.
Routines“A well-managed classroom is also a predictableenvironment. Both the students and the teachers knowwhat to do and what is supposed to happen in theclassroom.”Harry and Rosemary WongHow to Be an EffectiveTeacher: the First Days ofSchool
Routines Students are greeted at the door before entering theclassroom. Students should check the board at the front of theroom for a list of materials and special instructions forthe day. Homework should be placed in the colored folders inthe appropriate class period wall bin.
Homework Turn-In RoutineSometimes, students will turn in more than oneassignment or activity during the class period. Coloredfolders help keep the students and teacher organized. Check the legend above the wall bins. Place assignments in the correct folder. Return to seat and begin warm-up.
Make-up WorkIf a student is absent, it is his or her responsibility tocomplete the make-up work following the time-lineestablished by the school. Exceptions can be madedepending on circumstances. Make-up work and notes are stored in dated folders ona table near the door. All students have access to these folders and can alsofind worksheets they have misplaced.
Rules We will follow the rules outlined in the studenthandbook. We will always remember to treat everyone with thecourtesy and respect with which we would like to betreated. Students are expected to be in their assignedseats, materials ready, when the bell rings. Students should use passing periods to take care ofpersonal needs.
Behavior PlanPractice Emotional Constancy (Lemov, 2010, p. 219)“Success is in the long run about a student’s consistentrelationship with productive behaviors.”Doug LemovTeach Like a Champion: 49Techniques That Put Studentson the Path to College
Behavior Plan Organize the classroom for effective teaching andlearning. Go over the classroom rules and procedures with thestudents. Invite student input for effective procedures. Revisit and revise the rules and procedures throughoutthe year as needed. Be With-It (Marzano, 2007, pp. 140-142)
Being With-It (Marzano, 2007, pp. 140-142) Being Proactive Be aware of incidents that have happened outside of the classroomthat might affect behavior inside the classroom. Provide cues to selected students before inappropriate behavioroccurs Occupying the Entire Room Move to all parts of the room systematically and frequently Pay attention to places in the room that cannot be seen easily Make eye contact with every student
Being With-It, continued Noticing Potential Problems Be aware of unusual student behavior Students huddled together before class Students not working for an extended time period Students in one area of room looking at each other or a specificlocation and smiling Students giggling when the teacher walks to a particular place inthe room
Behavior Plan: Intervention• Use verbal and nonverbal acknowledgement ofbehavior.• Use graduated actions:• Look at the suspected students.• Move in the direction of the students.• If necessary, stop class and confront the behavior.• Have a student conference to discuss the behavior(s)• Parent contact• Referral to administration.
Behavior Plan: High-IntensitySituations Recognize the student is out of control. Step back and calm myself. Make sure other students are not in immediate danger.Evacuate students as necessary. Send a student for an administrator. Listen actively to the student and plan action to diffusethe situation.(Marzano, 2007, p. 146)
References Lemov, Doug (2010). Teach like a champion: 49 techniques that putstudents on the path to college. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. Marzano, Robert (2007). The art and science of teaching. Alexandria, VA:Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Wong, H. & Wong, R. (2005). How to be an effective teacher: The first days ofschool. Mountainview, CA: Harry K. Wong Publications, Inc.