“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)