RED HotTeaching Tips
Reflect, Empower, & Do it! Teach on Purpose!
November 21, 2010
Linda the Math Coach
Author, Consultant, Speaker & Coach
Classroom Management Classroom Management
The other day I overheard the following speech coming from a teacher in anearby classroom.“Sit down.”3 seconds passed.The voice repeated, “Sit down.”3 more seconds passed.The voice repeated louder, “Sit down.”2 seconds passed.The voice repeated even louder, “Sit Down!”2 more seconds passed.The voice sounding frustrated and angry now and even louder, repeated,“SIT DOWN!!”I guess they sat down. Next I heard, “What part of sit down is messing with your heads?” I couldn’t help it. I blurted out, “Maybe it’s the WAY you are saying it.”I’m sure the students heard the teacher the first time she told them to sit down. Iheard her from the hallway!Did she need to repeat it? Did she need to raise her voice? Did she need to letit upset her?After laughing at my reaction, I began to think like a RED Hot teacher. I tried tofigure out what I would do to avoid this kind of situation in my own classroom.
Ask yourself these questions:What do I want the students to do? Sit down quickly so I can dismiss them in anorderly way.Why do I want them to do this? I like to have their full attention just before thebell rings so I can wish them all a goodnight, remind them of the homework, andsend them off on a pleasant note.Why don’t they get seated quickly? Maybe they don’t want to hear the homeworkassignment because they think they won’t have to do it if they don’t hear me