Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Teach Like a Champion
Technique #15
Circulate
“I” Technique

“Breaking the plane shows that you move where you want as a product of your decisions about teaching rather than as a product of student behavior.”

KEY IDEA:  Move around the classroom to engage and hold students accountable. 

  • Break the plane. Break the plane (first five feet in front of the board or the teacher desk) within the first 5 minutes.  Break it before a student behavior requires you to.
  • Full access required. You must be able tot get anywhere in your room easily and simply without interrupting your teaching.
  • Engage when you circulate.
  • Move systematically. Move universally and impersonally but unpredictably.
  • Position for power. Remain facing the class as much as possible
From Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemove (Jossey Bass, 2010)

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Teach Like a Champion
Technique #14
Board = Paper
“I” Technique

“Students often have to learn how to be students as much as they need to learn content and skills.”

KEY IDEA:  Model for students how to track the information they need to retain from your lessons; ensure that they have an exact copy of what they need.  

Teach students how to take notes:

  1. Make the projection of the image (note paper, graphic organizer, worksheet, etc.) identical to item students are working on. 
  2. As you are working on the item and filling it out together state, “Make your paper look like mine.”
  3. As students get older the amount of direction should lesson and the amount of note taking they exercise discretion over increases.
From Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemove (Jossey Bass, 2010)