Teaching trick number 1: a random series
Where you actually are in the classroom can often determine the students' response.
1. When I want to impart a lot of information, I stand in front of the classroom.
2. When I want to encourage some discussion, but still retain control of the conversation, I lean against a desk as I talk.
3. When I want to encourage real discussion and student ownership of the learning process, I sit in a student desk at the same level as the students.
Caveat: Before you try any of this, you need to have classroom management under control.
As teachers, we often talk about really engaging the students in the lesson presnted in class. If I have some time, I often try number 3. It really amazes me how important body language can be in instructing students.
What have you found that has been a small change you make that influences student response?
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