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Which Great Conductor Do You Teach Like?

How we interact with students says a lot about our personality.

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  1. You've come to that specific lesson that works like magic each year! The students are engaged and it's easy to teach! Plus, you usually get student achievement results. You:

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    Teach it like you've always taught it, no need to make it different for the sake of being different.
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    Walk the students through the lesson step-by-step in perfect sequence. You know the pacing students have always needed.
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    You insert something wacky to change things up! These students are a bit goofy and you can meet them on their level.
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    You teach like you've always taught, after all you're the master and the most prepared. But you do notice one or two students needing some differentiation. You quietly make that happen.
  2. You've got to teach that the fraction 6 over 8 (6/8) is not in simplest form. Your first reaction:

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    I'm pretty sure the book takes care of this pretty well. Shoot, what page was that again? No pictures on the page? Who cares! (not me)
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    I'm so filled with excitement about this fraction. Making 6/8 into 3/4 is just an enjoyable thing to me. Some kids can use the book. Those other two over there need me to make up a song. Whatever, here comes a song.
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    I learned it this way and last year's class learned it this way and it worked. Now they're at Northley and I'm sure they're succeeding. Maybe they're just dabbing and flipping water bottles, but at least they graduated.
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    I'm going to use a video. This one video is really well done. They have a mandolin playing! I bet I can get that one kid over there really excited about this if I randomly associate 6 and 8 to some Pokemon it might go better!
  3. Which is the best way to encourage students to remember PBIS hallway expectations?

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    Give the general speech before they leave the classroom. Monitor the students in the hallway. For the few that need reminders, pull them aside and quietly remind them. Use examples of their interests to make it resonate more.
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    The poster is hanging in the hallway, what more do they need? Plus I have literally 3 minutes to get to the faculty room and there's always a line.
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    Make examples of students who don't follow hallway expectations. Call them out. Make them go all the way back down the hallway and try again. Make them feel like they never know what to expect.
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    If you even THINK of forgetting to follow hallway expectations I promise you'll be working on reading stamina for a week straight.
  4. The classroom is loud. Some people are walking around, some are talking, and others are staring at something that doesn't actually exist but that's normal for them. You:

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    Call the class to order. You didn't ask them to do all of these things. You're about to share the best way to organize TDAQ thoughts.
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    Notice that the 5 loud ones are still managing to finish the work you've assigned. The others are chatting about how much they love Mr. Pignataro, but you know these students are usually able to get back to work and so you leave them alone.
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    You join one of the conversations. Kids say the darndest things!
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    Actually, you're giving a test to gather some data. Nothing is more important than the test.
  5. The eleventh kid this hour just came up to your desk and asked "How many ClassDojo points do I have?" You respond:

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    Are you kidding me? Look at the Smartboard.
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    This is not the appropriate time to ask about ClassDojo. You know you are allowed to ask about ClassDojo after lunch.
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    You know that you can certainly look for yourself and check, but I know you're pretty excited about it so let me show you exactly where.
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    Class Dojo? I LOVE Class Dojo! That really great dinging sound it makes when you are on task!
  6. The whole point of this lesson was to encourage students to explore different shades of green. One student used a ton of blue. You think:

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    Where did she even get blue? Today is green day. I didn't even put blue out.
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    This is not what I expected. But if I think about it, the student did do what I asked but I wasn't prepared for her response!
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    I'm so sad that we can't follow directions.
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    The color blue! I love blue! Oh the emotions, the feelings!
  7. During your 40-minute prep period, you:

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    Prepare next Wednesday's district writing prompt. I always prepare these things on this day.
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    Remember there's some cake in the faculty room!
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    REALLY just need to return that parent e-mail because it's almost 24 hours ago that they sent it but two students asked if they can stay for extra help. You 100% think about kicking them out, but you reconsider because at least they're trying.
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    Lesson plan the entire time.
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