“Don’t ask your students to get ready as class begins; use On Your Mark to show them how to prepare before it begins and then expect them to do so every day.”
KEY IDEA: Every student must start class with books and paper out and pen or pencil in hand.
How to Ensure Students are On Their Marks When Class Starts:
- Be explicit about what students need to have to start class (fewer than five things that never change.)
· Paper Out
· Desk clear (of everything unnecessary to the lesson)
· Pencil sharp and ready
- Homework (in the upper right-hand corner of your desk)
- Set a time limit. Be specific about when students need to have the everything ready.
- Use a standard consequence. Have a small and appropriate consequence that you can administer without hesitation – perhaps some loss of some privilege or doing some work to help the class stay prepared.
- Provide tools without consequence (pencils, paper) to those who recognize the need before class.
- Include homework. Make turning it in part of the routine students follow to be ready for the day.
From Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemove (Jossey Bass, 2010)