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The 49 Techniques, Techniques 29 Through 49

Teaching Strategies that Support Successful Learning Outcomes


The Blogs below continue the chapter "Setting and Maintaining High Behavioral Expectations."

  • Technique 39: Do It Again. This technique is perhaps the only negative consequence that truly works. When students fail to meet your standards, you ask them to "Do it again." They model the appropriate behavior, but are eager not to have to do it again.
  • Technique 40: Sweat the Details Building on the "broken window" theory of policing, Lemov notes that maintaining high standards will have positive effects across the classroom environment.
  • Technique 41: Threshold This threshold is the one at the door. By meeting and greeting students as they enter you can set the tone for your class.
  • Technique 42: No Warnings. Responding early and proportionately can help you avoid real crises. So rather than giving warning, you mete out consequences when the behavior is still only a minor problem.

Building Character and Trust

  • Technique 43 Part 1: Positive Framing. Positive Framing means casting things in a way that is positive and leads to appropriate behavior. This blog starts with three strategies to help you frame it positively.
  • Technique 43 Part 2. Three more strategies for framing classroom experiences positively.
  • Technique 44: Precise Praise. Rather than "cheap praise," precise praise is valued by students because it describes what it is you are pleased with.
  • Technique 45: Warm and Strict. It may seem that warm and strict are contradictory, but effective teachers can be both at the same time.
  • Technique 46: The J Factor. The J in J factor stands for Joy. This technique offers ideas to help your students experience the Joy!
  • Technique 47: Emotional Constancy An effective teacher keeps his or her emotions in check, and doesn't make it all about him or herself. Make your good moods about good performance, not about pleasing you.
  • Technique 48: Explain Everything. Be sure your students understand why you do what you do, as the why is an important part of instruction.
  • Technique 49: Normalize Error. If students understand that errors are not the end of the world but an opportunity to learn, they will be more willing to take risks and more likely to learn.

Teach Like a Champion is an excellent resource for teaching, especially for middle school and high school students. Besides the 49 techniques, it includes recommendations for improving instructional delivery. The book also includes video demonstrations of the techniques which make it well worth investing in the book.

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