“The most sustainable form of compliance is one that for both students and teachers is clearly an exercise that will help students achieve, not an empty exercise in teacher power.”
KEY IDEA: There’s one acceptable percentage of students following a direction: 100 percent. Less, and your authority is subject to interpretation, situation, and motivation.
Principles of 100 Percent
- Use the Least Invasive Form of Intervention.
- Nonverbal intervention. (Gestures to or eye contact with the off task student.)
- Positive group intervention.(Quick verbal reminder to the group about what they should be doing)
- Anonymous individual correction. (We need two people to …)
- Private individual correction. (Seek to correct privately and quietly)
- Lightning quick public correction. (Your goal in making an individual verbal correction should be to limit the amount of time a student is “onstage” for something negative and focus on telling the student what to do right rather than scolding about what he did wrong)
- Consequence. (Consequences should be delivered in the least invasive, least emotional manner)
- Rely on Firm, Calm Finesse
- Emphasize Compliance You Can See.
o Invent ways to maximize visibility. Find ways to make it easier to see who’s followed directions by asking students to do things you can see.)
o Be seen looking. (Every few minutes, scan the room with a calm smile on your face to ensure that everything is as it should be.)
o Avoid marginal compliance. ( It’s not just whether your students do what you’ve asked but whether they do it right.)
o Leverage the power of unacknowledged behavioral opportunities.
From Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemove (Jossey Bass, 2010)