Monday 4 March 2013

Teaching Tip # 10 Establish ‘start of lesson’ routines…

                  Top Ten Tips #8

            Establish ‘start of lesson’ routines…

Never attempt to start teaching a lesson until the pupils are ready. It’s a waste of everyone’s energy, giving the impression it’s the teacher’s job to force pupils to work and their job to resist, delay, distract, wind up, etc. Often this task avoidance is a ‘smoke screen’ hiding worries about what you are going to ask them to do.
Have a routine way of starting a lesson; a quiet activity that pupils can get right down to, without needing any explanation. Handwriting, copying the *WALT from the board, spelling practice (familiar key language from the current topic), mental arithmetic are good activities to set a quiet tone. Do not allow discussion or be drawn into discussion yourself – say there will be time for that later and make sure you follow this through.

If you take the time to establish this, lessons will start themselves! You won’t have that battle at the beginning of every lesson to get yourself heard.

* WALT : stands for "We are Learning To". It is a reinterpretation of the teachers lesson objectives (or learning intentions)

 University of British Columbia

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