Upon seeing my approach, this group decided to pop their arms out like a body builder, and hide their faces with paper and hoodies. I could've yelled at them in the moment for focusing on me and my smartphone and not the learning task, but instead, we all laughed, and adopted a universal sign for "ready to learn" by iterating Seth's "bodybuilder arms." Respond immediately, or develop a silent sign to help build a culture of learning... hmm...
How to enlist student voices to define and build a positive behavior culture:
Again, it’s important to realize that for a classroom to run properly, both the students and the teacher need to be focused on the learning task. If either the students or the teacher are too focused on behavior, you might end up with a really well behaved class of students who know nothing. That would be sad.
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So much of the writing published about education is published by people who don't teach. I figured it was time for a teacher to write about teaching. I've been proud to teach 8th-grade ELA in Dunkirk City Schools since 2007, and to serve at Fredonia State University as an adjunct professor, teaching educational technology since 2017.