Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Teach Like a Champion: Part 1 (Reading Together)

I hope you enjoyed this week's reading on setting high academic standards. I know it challenged me to help my students not just slide through.

Here are the five techniques that were discussed.

No Opt Out
- Make sure your students know that it's not okay to not try.
- When a student doesn't know the answer to a question, ask another student the same question. Once he has answered it (correctly), come back to the first student and ask him the question again. This communicates that students can't just get off the hook by saying they don't know.

Right is Right
- Don't allow almost right answers to count as right. Follow up with the student until you get the complete answer you are looking for.
- Praise effort, but don't confuse effort with mastery.

Stretch it
- Reward right answers with follow-up questions that extend knowledge.
- Easiest form of follow-up questions are how and why questions.

Format matters
- Hold your students to answers that are grammatically correct, audible, and (if in math or science) have the correct units.

Without apology
- Don't lower the bar by apologizing for the content or for your students.

What stood out to you? Leave your comments below.
Read chapter 2 for next week and come back here to join the discussion.

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