I need help in close reading, discipline, silent signals for high school students.
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I have found that a Bellwork activity (something to immediately start at or before the bell) related directly to my curriculum objectives works nicely to get the kids seated, focused, and engaged. Honestly, it took about two weeks to get all of the kids used to the procedure but after that, it really was wonderful! Good luck!
Thanks Cary. I actually do that. It is a shame that after teaching 30 years, I am now having difficulty with discipline. Oh well, we all change. I have great students this semester, but the last one was........Any other thoughts you have are always appreciated. It is hard to find anything different or on the stuff we are required to be teaching now except for the core classes. Sandy
I've recently read a great book by Dr. Ross Greene called Lost at School. It details CPS (collaborative problem solving) where you work through three steps to help the child rectify whatever lagging skill is promoting the behaviour. I likely won't do it justice or have room here, but I highly recommend the book. The process is effective and wonderful.
As for close reading I would suggest more of a workshop method (ala Cris Tovani- So What Do They Really Know) that allows you to engage each reader and ensure they are getting the levelled instruction they need to comprehend what they are reading.
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