TT008 How to discipline or persuade students without power struggles (The House Always Wins)

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Do you give your students options? Colin and Michelle explain why giving choices can be a win-win for you and your students, and how it can avoid complaints, power struggles, and stand-offs.

Show Notes:

  • Segment: Tactic Time [0:47]
  • Colin convinces Michelle that the house, indeed, always wins [1:00]
  • The tactic explained [1:41]
  • The classic “house always wins” choices [2:37]
  • Why this is a win-win strategy for teacher and student [2:04]
  • How to use this tactic beyond discipline [3:13]
  • Framing your request to make it more likely for a student to say yes [4:20]
  • More real-world examples of this tactic at work [5:22]
  • How this tactic avoids power struggles, stonewalling, and Wild West stand-offs with students [6:01]
  • Segment: Potent Quotables [7:08]
  • Using tension to find the perfect balance in your lessons [7:34]
  • Like what you’ve heard? Review us on iTunes, take our 2-minute survey, or send us a teaching question to hello@teachertactics.com [8:33]

TT007 How to use engaging assignments to eliminate behavior issues (A Very Long Engagement)

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The best defence is a good offence: Colin and Michelle discuss three simple ways to increase student engagement in your class, which improves motivation and reduces the need to resort to negative discipline.

Show Notes:

  • Segment: Tactic Time [0:47]
  • The simple twelve-word sentence that encapsulates this tactic [1:28]
  • Why the strength of this tactic has been right in front of your nose this whole time [1:41]
  • Our first strategy for getting student engagement [2:36]
  • Why high stakes assignments work so well for engagement [3:39]
  • How to raise the stakes with your assignments [4:31]
  • Our second strategy for getting student engagement [5:43]
  • The maximum amount of time you should spend lecturing [5:49]
  • Head to www.teachertactics.com to get our Starter Kit, with examples of brain breaks [7:16]
  • Our third strategy for getting student engagement [7:30]
  • Examples of student-centered activity variety [7:54]
  • Tactic re-cap (and an attempted rhyme that…almost works!) [8:33]
  • Segment: Potent Quotables [9:03]
  • Why to avoid the “expert gap” when teaching [9:44]
  • Like what you’ve heard? Review us on iTunes, take our 2-minute survey, or send us a teaching question to hello@teachertactics.com [11:03]

TT006 Why compassion is the best way to deal with behavior issues (Love Is All You Need)

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Try a different approach. Colin and Michelle explain why it’s best to approach behavior issues with love and compassion, how it can strengthen relationships with your students, and how it can reduce the amount of times you need to resort to discipline.

Show Notes:

  • Segment: Tactic Time [0:49]
  • Why compassion is Michelle’s favourite way to deal with behavior issues in her classroom [2:10]
  • The specific words Michelle says when dealing with difficult students [3:14]
  • Why lecturing and getting angry at students doesn’t work [4:14]
  • Why love and compassion is disarming [4:42]
  • When to escalate behavior issues to the student’s counsellor [5:20]
  • A real-world example of the ‘Love Is All You Need’ tactic [5:40]
  • Why it’s important to remember who your students are [7:00]
  • Working with students who know how to push your buttons – and why you shouldn’t give up on them [7:43]
  • How to reduce defensiveness when speaking to a student [9:22]
  • Segment: Potent Quotables [10:42]
  • Like what you’ve heard? Review us on iTunes, take our 2-minute survey, or send us a teaching question to hello@teachertactics.com [13:05]

TT005 The best desk placements for classroom management (The Danger Zone)

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Are you taking full advantage of your classroom layout? Colin and Michelle talk about the benefits and drawbacks of different styles of desk placement, and then explain why different types of teacher movement are so important for classroom management.

Show Notes:

  • Segment: Tactic Time [0:56]
  • The goal of desk placement in your room [1:52, 5:46]
  • Check the Teacher Tactics website for images of desktop placement [3:21]
  • Why not to use a row placement [3:29]
  • The drawbacks but occasional value of single desk placement [4:11]
  • The great aspects of the ‘Split C’ or ‘cut up banana’ placement [5:58]
  • When to use the radial pods placement [6:20]
  • What to do if your desks are bolted to the ground [8:28]
  • Why standing up can be a great way to do groupwork [9:18]
  • Why it’s valuable for you as the teacher to move around (no matter your desk placement) [10:11]
  • Story time: Michelle’s high school teacher’s unique movement pattern [11:22]
  • Story time: Psychological conditioning and teacher position [11:53]
  • The value of variety with your desk placements[12:30]
  • Segment: Potent Quotables [13:58]
  • Why student-focused lessons beat teacher-focused lessons [14:52]
  • Like what you’ve heard? Review us on iTunes, take our 2-minute survey, or send us a teaching question to hello@teachertactics.com [17:42]

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