Assume the Best

Nov 11, 2014

Janice Smith

October: the beginning of fall, pumpkin flavored everything everywhere… and  the longest month of the teaching year.   I can clearly remember from my years in the classroom exactly how I was usually feeling around the beginning of November.  My patience was apt to be a bit shorter, and my eagerness for a much needed vacation […]

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The Power of Nonverbal Communication

Sep 22, 2014

Janice Smith

  While it is certainly necessary to speak in our classrooms when teaching and correcting student behavior, I find it just as fascinating to study how teachers take advantage of nonverbal cues. Giving directions, correcting students, encouraging students, and simply physical proximity. All of these can be used to improve talk ratio, increase clarity, and […]

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Quick Redirects

Jun 2, 2014

Janice Smith

When talking about 100%, especially with relation to behavior expectations, the biggest question/pushback I usually hear is about pacing.  “How do I correct everything, and wait every time I don’t have 100%, and yet still get through the lesson?”  This question is also (I would guess) the #1 reason many teachers don’t implement 100% on a regular […]

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