- Published: Friday, 20 February 2015 14:49
Most new teachers plan to create calm and productive classrooms. But as we all know, things don’t always go as planned. When I observe new teachers, I often see them using a great selection of classroom management tools: counting down, waiting for all students’ attention, giving consequences, reminding the class of the class agreements… and on and on.
But sometimes when teachers are so focused on classroom management, entire lesson periods are spent trying to get students on task. This is exhausting for both teachers and students — teachers never get a chance to truly teach, and students never get a chance to learn the content.
If you’re frustrated with your team members not delivering high-quality work to you, you might be the root cause of the problem. It’s time to stop being an enabler of bad behavior.
Motivating students and keeping students actively engaged in lessons is becoming frequently more challenging for even the most creative teachers. At times it can seem we’re competing with smartphones and video games for students’ undivided attention. Perhaps the best strategy is to embrace the technology and harness it for learning.
Progress. Nothing fuels energy more than moving the ball down the field.
Contributing to a winning cause. Do something that matters.
Connecting with players who are dedicated to winning.
Solving problems and eliminating barriers to progress.
Feeling released rather than blocked.