Friday, May 10, 2013


Teach Like a Champion
Technique #33
On Your Mark


“Don’t ask your students to get ready as class begins; use On Your Mark to show them how to prepare before it begins and then expect them to do so every day.”


KEY IDEA: Every student must start class with books and paper out and pen or pencil in hand.


How to Ensure Students are On Their Marks When Class Starts:
  1. Be explicit about what students need to have to start class (fewer than five things that never change.)
·         Paper Out
·         Desk clear (of everything unnecessary to the lesson)
·         Pencil sharp and ready
  1. Homework (in the upper right-hand corner of your desk)
  1. Set a time limit. Be specific about when students need to have the everything ready.
  2. Use a standard consequence. Have a small and appropriate consequence that you can administer without hesitation – perhaps some loss of some privilege or doing some work to help the class stay prepared.
  3. Provide tools without consequence (pencils, paper) to those who recognize the need before class.
  4. Include homework. Make turning it in part of the routine students follow to be ready for the day.
From Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemove (Jossey Bass, 2010)