Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Teach Like a Champion
Technique #38
Strong Voice

“There are five techniques anyone, even the seemingly meekest and mildest of novices, can use.  Using them will put you in a position to establish control, command, and the benign authority that makes the use of excessive consequences unnecessary.”

KEY IDEA: Some teachers have “it”, they enter a room and are instantly in command.  Students who moments before seemed beyond the appeal of reason suddenly take their seats to await instructions. 

Skills of “it” teachers:
·       Economy of Language.  Fewer words are stronger than more. 
·       Do not talk over.  Every student has the right and responsibility to hear you.  Wait until there is no other talking or rustling.
·       Do not Engage; avoid engaging in other topics until you have satisfactory resolved the topic you initiated.
·       Square Up/Stand Still.  Direct eye contact, use body language – leaning in close, standing straight, depending on request.
·       Quiet Power.  Get slower and quieter when you want control.

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

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