Friday, March 22, 2013

Teach Like a Champion
Technique #30
Tight Transitions

“Messy transitions are also an invitation to disruptions and conflicts that continue to undercut the classroom environment even after class has started.”

KEY IDEA: Having quick and routine transitions (when students move from place to place or activity to activity) that students can execute without extensive narration by the teacher is a critical piece of any highly effective classroom.

Main points
  • By the end of the first week of school, every student should know and understand the procedures like how to line up and move from place to place without having to be told
  • Transitions should take less than 30 seconds.
  • Students needs to practice transitions
  • Scaffold the steps of the transition
  • Teach students point-to-point walking/actions.  (teach them step by step and have them carry out each step separately.
  • Consistently enforce when students start testing the rules. 
Applies to Moving Materials
  • Generally pass across rows, not up and back
  • Distribute materials in groups: to the student at the end of each row, to each table.
From Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemove (Jossey Bass, 2010)

Friday, March 15, 2013

Teach Like a Champion
Technique #29
Do Now

“The Do Now means that students are hard at work even before you have fully entered the room.”

KEY IDEA: A short activity that you have written on the board or is waiting at their desks before they enter.

4 Critical Criteria of a Do Now”

  • Students should be able to complete the Do Now without any direction from the teacher and without any discussion with their classmates.
  • The activity should take three to five minutes to complete.
  • The activity should require putting a pencil to paper, that is, there should be a written product from it.
  • The activity should preview the day’s lesson or review a recent lesson.

*Do Now is another Teach Like a Champion strategy

From Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemove (Jossey Bass, 2010)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Teach Like a Champion
Technique #28
Entry Routine

“The first routine that affects classroom culture is the one for how students enter.”

KEY IDEA: Making a habit out of what’s efficient, productive, and scholarly after the greeting and as students take their seats and class begins.

Key points to maximize the effectiveness of the entry routine.

  • Have students pick up their work (packets, worksheet, etc.) from a table on their way into class.
  • Students should know where to sit; assign seats, or allow students to sign up for regular seats.
  • Homework hand in should be done the same way every day without prompting.
  • A *Do Now should be in the same place every day; on the board or in the packet

*Do Now is another Teach Like a Champion strategy

From Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemove (Jossey Bass, 2010)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Teach Like a Champion
Technique #27

“Vegas isn’t sparkle-for—sparkle’s sake. It reinforces not just academics generally but on of the day’s learning objectives.”

KEY IDEA: The Vegas is the sparkle, the moment during class when you might observe some production values: music, lights, rhythm, dancing.  Vegas draws students into a little bit of magic.

Design principles of Vegas:
  • Production values. Performers vary their tone and pace, occasionally whispering for emphasis, later speaking in a booming voice, sometimes speaking very slowly, sometimes racing along.
  • Like a faucet.  “It has to be like a faucet.  You turn it on, then you turn it off.” 
  • Same objective. Always has a specific learning objective and should have the same objective as the lesson or, at its most daring, review previously mastered but related content.
  • Chorus line. Everyone has to know the rules.
  • On point. Must be vigilantly managed so that as soon as it is off-point, it is immediately corrected and standards of excellent are reinforced.
From Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemove (Jossey Bass, 2010)