Friday, October 11, 2013

Teach Like a Champion
Technique #39
Do It Again

“Getting lots of practice helps students improve, so giving them more practice is the perfect response to a situation where they show they’re not up to speed at a simple task.”

KEY IDEA: Doing it again and doing it right, or better, or perfect is often the best consequence.

7 reasons Do It Again is effective:
·       It shortens the feedback loop.  Requiring a student who failed to successfully complete a basic task you’ve shown them how to do immediately after, while the original action is fresh in a student’s mind, results in the action and reaction being more deeply associated in his or her memory.
·       Sets a standard of excellence, not just compliance.  Do it Again is ideal for times when students do something acceptably but could do it better.
·       There is no administrative follow-up. No forms or phone calls, the consequence is done as soon as the goal is reached.
·       There is group accountability. Technique is especially effective as a group consequence.
·       Ends with success
·       There are logical consequences. 
·       It is reusable.

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

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