Friday, November 1, 2013

Teach Like a Champion
Technique #42
No Warnings

“Using minor interventions and small consequences that you can administer fairly and without hesitation before a situation gets emotional is the key to maintaining control and earning students’ respect.”

KEY IDEA: Giving a warning is not taking action; it is threatening that you might take an action and therefore is counterproductive  Once you have determined that a behavior is the result of disobedience rather than incompetence, that is deliberate, a consequence is better than a warning.

The goal is to take action rather than get angry.
·       Act early.  Catch it early.
·       Act reliably.  Be consistent.
·       Act proportionately.  Start small when the misbehavior is small.

Consequences should be issued in these ways:
·       Be calm, poised, and impersonal.
·       Be incremental. (take things away in pieces)
·       Be private.

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

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