Upholding my expectations of the students is key. No leeway! No exceptions!
Defn: Tracking – Paying attention to someone who is talking.
- Are they expectations clear to the students?
- Are you aware when the expectations aren’t being met?
- Is your response consistent when students don’t meet the expectations?
Any expectations should be around a “service to learning” and not simply be about power games.
Difficulties in Enforcing Expectations
- It’s hard to notice everything (PEBO)
- Avoiding confrontation
- Maybe I didn’t explain them well enough
- I don’t want to interrupt the great energy we have now
What Can You Do to be a Consistent Teacher?
- Have a clear vision of how you want your class to look
- Explicitly state your expectations that align with the vision and be able to justify them to the students
- Proactively remind students of the expectations
- Automatically respond to students that aren’t meeting the expectations
Becoming Consistent (assignment)
- Identify a classroom routine that needs improving e.g. independent practice
- Have a vision for what the best scenario of this looks like
- Explicitly communicate the expectations – this can be an education for them too – teach them how to learn
- Proactively remind the expectation – “narrate” positive behaviour – see here – and have consequences for poor behaviour
- Practice delivering consequences – practice with flash-cards works well here: side 1 problem action/side 2 your action
What *are* the consequences???