Session Notes: Power Teaching

Power Teaching

Jeff Battle, Canton Middle School…Director of NC Power Teachers

Teachmaster-j@live.com

http://www.powerteachers.net

http://classroompower.com

-Structure to apply work of Dr. Dave Vawter or Dr. Marcia Tate

-Holistic approach to students and brain based learning…started in California by Dr. Chris Biffle

-Addresses lack of engagement

-Would you like to

  • get attention of class with one, consistently
  • solve most discipline problems with help of students
  • make classroom management a game students want to play but you can never lose

REFERS BACK TO BRAIN RESEARCH…SIMILAR TO THE PREVIOUS POST

CLASS YES

-When you want attention…say Class…students say YES…but in the same way Class is said by the teacher…Cllllllllllaassssssssssssssss…Yyyyyyyeessssss, etc

THIS WORKS BECAUSE YOU GIVE KIDS SOMETHING TO DO. FLASHING LIGHTS DON’T GIVE THEM ANYTHING TO DO.

-Gives them something to do, keeps them on their toes, focuses them to make sure you don’t do anything else strange…brings in novelty

-Keep things short, easy to repeat…more often you use info associated with a neuron the more the dendrites grow

-Immerse the kids in information, get the basics through repetition

-BIG SIX of Power Teaching

  • Class-Yes
  • The 5 Rules
  • The Scoreboard Game
  • Hands and Eyes
  • Teach-OK
  • The Switch

-Five Rules

  • Follow Directions Quickly (wiggling hand forward)
  • Raise Your Hand for permission to speak. (Raise hand, make mouth hand)
  • Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat. (Raise hand, make walking motion with two fingers)
  • Make smart choices (point to brain
  • Keep your teacher happy! (frame your face, wag head back and forth smiling)

-Use visual, auditory, and kinesthetic signals to reach them deepest

  • Only 8% of students learning comes from your words
  • 30% from gestures
  • 40% tone of voice

-Dr. Glasser…you remember 95% of what you teach to someone else…use this

-Class-Yes…Rule 2…everyone does it and there’s no power struggle for teachers calling out individual student

-Violation of rule 5 is entirely up to you…you’re a better teacher if you’re happy

-Teach-OK…Clap, clap, clap Teach…clap clap clap Okay…then review with partner…Do not let down your teaching partner…do not stop until I say stop

  • We talk too much
  • Shorten info given
  • Students teach each other
  • Tell at a glance if they’re engaged

-SWITCH…1 and 2 partner…#1 talks first…SWITCH #2 talks first…If first partner stumbles #2 must help them…

-“This is kindegarten stuff…No this started in college, but I think you’re advanced enough to handle it”…”This is the way you learn best”

-Differentiate for all verbal, visual, and kinesthetic learners simultaneously

-Lunch Detention…go through the five rules for 3 minutes…second level is just the rule they broke…

-Comprehand and Understend me…:)

– First day…do class-yes and five rules

Scoreboard Game

  • Engagement tool…not actually a game…teacher is not entirely governed by the rules
  • Teacher vs. Student
  • Students score points when they are doing exactly what is expected
  • Teacher scores points when they are not
  • One second party…”clap, oh yeah”
  • Teacher party…”Mighty Groan…”
  • To prevent jadedness…change content not context…”Clap, Yee Haw”…”Clap, Whoo Hoo”…”Wah wah wah…”
  • If you use the Scoreboard Game for homework, have 10 problems you want them to do, show 20, let them beat you by one point so they only have to do the 10 you wanted in the first place…they feel empowered, but you really are still in power
  • +/- 3 Rule…teacher gets up by 3, choose an individual student and reward the class for their action…
  • Points must be earned…not begged
  • Guff Counter – student who talk back are expecting the silent support of the rest of the class…”I was not talking”…OH that sounds like Guff to me…that’s 4 points for me…before I get my marker and get to the board everyone has to look at the person and say “Please Stop”…teacher is the only one allowed to call Guff…model it so that they aren’t mean or vicious
  • Bullseye Game…5 = perfect class, 4=decent, 3=eh, 2=problem/disruption, 1=probably administrative involvement…I write down where they are…they write down as well…2 points away they get no points…same #, 2 points…have to get 10 points by the end of the week or 8 points, or whatever you decide for some reward they request at the beginning of the week…

Hands and Eyes

  • More important than Class-Yes…Clasp Hands, look at teacher

-Power Vocabulary terms have motions created for them

-Biggest caveat…Don’t try to do everything at once…one or two things at a time…

-SWITCH IDEA…#1 What is science #2 what is science not…switch…generate a table of the two…come up with a definition

-Calibrate Volume-O-Meter…Out of control, loud crowd, formal normal, Low flow, Ninja Talk, Quiet of the Tomb….students know exactly what the volume level should be…don’t do it? Teacher gets a point 🙂

Power Teaching has hundreds of pages of e-books

WOW…WOW WOW WOW…MENTAL OVERLOAD HERE. THIS COULD EASILY BE A WEEK LONG PRESENTATION…AND PERHAPS SHOULD BE. DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND GO TO SOME OF THE LINKS ABOVE TO LEARN MORE.

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3 Responses

  1. This is definitely something I’m going to need to look into. I took a Kagan Cooperative Learning course last summer that seemed to do some of the same things, but with less of the “call-outs.” I’ve been trying more call-outs recently and it really seems to help with engagement. The Yes answers could be interesting!

  2. I enjoyed your notes and the video. Thanks for sharing; I am going to go poke around the classroom power website. Is the first link correct?

  3. Just checked the link, and sure enough I had it pointing in the wrong direction. It’s PowerTeachers.net not PowerTeaching.net…it should be fixed now. Sorry folks!

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