Top Teaching Tips
Every now and again, Songs for Teaching will offer a bite size teaching tip to our loyal subscribers and readers. We hope you enjoy the first installment of our Top Teaching Tips. Drum roll please…
This week’s top teaching tip…
One little behaviour management trick that can pay dividends is called ‘secret learner’. Here’s how to do it:
1) Agree with your pupils what a good learner does each lesson. Are they polite? Do they listen intently? Do they complete all tasks as instructed? Agree the criteria for a good learner and positive learning behaviours as part of class discussion.
2) Explain to your pupils that each day or week you will nominate a secret learner at the start of each day. However, only you as the teacher or teaching assistant will know the identity of the secret learner.
3) Pay close attention to the secret learner but be careful not to give his or her identity away. Keep the children guessing by constantly reminding them that you are on the look out for the secret learner who will receive a prize for being a good learner according to the criteria you agreed with the class.
4) At the end of the day or week, you will reveal the identity of the secret learner provided they met all of the agreed criteria. If your secret learner fails to meet the criteria, then their identity continues to remain a secret. You may then choose a different child as the secret learner for the next day/week.
So there it is! Our very first installment in what we hope will become a long series of top teaching tips. Remember to keep an eye on your Twitter feed for updates and more top teaching tips exclusively from Songs for Teaching.
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