TPT #2: Techniques of Champion Teachers for Establishing Systems and Routines

“The number one problem in the classroom is not discipline; it is the lack of procedures and routines.” -Harry Wong

Strong Start – Design and establish an efficient routine for beginning the class. What you do in the beginning will set the tone and build momentum for your lesson.

 S.L.A.N.T. – Teach students the basic behaviour expected for learning using a catchy acronym: Sit up straight, Lean Forward, Ask and answer Questions, Nod your head, Track the speaker.

 Engineer Efficiency – Teach students the simplest and fastest way of executing key classroom tasks. For example, how to pass papers, fall in line, get materials, etc.

 Strategic Investment – Practice each procedure until it becomes a routine. To establish routines, you must have clear expectations, consistency, and patience. It will save you time in the long run.

 Do It Again – Give students more practice when they make mistakes. Do not accept mediocre efforts.

Sources: Lemov, D. (2015). Teach like a champion 2.0: 62 techniques that put students on the path to college. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

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