Thursday, February 23, 2012

Surprise; The Biggest Obstacle in The Classroom Isn't Your Students

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Nor is it what happens to them outside of the classroom... it is you.  Perhaps a simplistic view of the world but think about it for a moment; how much does our mood affect the moods of our students?  How much does our body movement, our choice of words and even our inflection affect those we are surrounded by?  And that doesn't even mention the choices we make as far as how the classroom is run and what type of curriculum we teach.  So while there are many outside factors that do play a significant role in how a student performs in school, the one consistent factor is you and how you choose to be with your students.

Every day you have control over:
  • The expression on your face
  • The tone of your voice
  • The words you use
  • Your body  language and its hidden signals
  • Who you give attention to
  • How you give attention
  • How do you get attention
  • How much control you cling to
  • The respect you give
  • How you speak to other people in front of your students
  • How disruptions and unexpected events are handled
  • How curriculum is taught
  • How much choice your students have
  • How you handle students who fail to meet expectations
  • How you handle students who are distracted
  • Anything that has to do with the flow of your classroom
And the list could continue.  Think about all those choices.  Think about the effect each one of them can possibly have on a student and then think of what you can change.  We do have a lot of power.

6 comments: said...

WHAT A GREAT POST!! Tweeting it now! True for teachers...and moms :)

IMC Guy said...

You will find this out in the near future as well, but all of these have a huge impact on your interactions with your children at home.

Our actions have such an impact on how things go throughout the day. Great list.

Jonah Salsich said...

A timely reminder after a mildly challenging day in 3rd grade. Thanks!

Kelley Jones said...

I've been reading a lot about the impact of teacher language. My fave resource so far is "Choice Words" by Peter Johnston. It's a quick read, but both philosophically deep and immediately practical. I think it would make a great book study!


Chris Megaffin said...

The list is a great reminder about the impact of the teacher in the classroom in building a respectful learning community. Thank you for sharing.

Layla Sacker said...

Great post i will,keep it in my head just as a split screen checking point


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