“Clean up clutter, keep desk rows tidy, make sure shirts are tucked in and hats are off, and you will decrease the likelihood that you will have to deal with more serious issues because you will decrease your students’ perception that those things might be permissible..”
KEY IDEA: To reach the highest standards, you must create the perception of order.
The key is PREPARATION – putting systems in place in advance that make accomplishing the goal quick and easy:
· Want desks in neat rows? Put tape marks on the floor so students can “check their desks” back onto their marks.
· Want your students to do neat and tidy homework? Homework standards rubrics – while collecting occasionally give feedback to students.
· Want your students to keep their materials neatly in their binders and never lose them? Put materials in binders as a group the first 50 times, teaching and modeling as you go.
· Want your students to work carefully on their seat work? Circulate as students work, making corrections as you go.
· Want your students to raise their hands quietly and crisply to foster orderly participation? Teach them how to raise their hands and give frequent reminders.
From Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemove (Jossey Bass, 2010)