Friday, November 17, 2017

Teaching Tip #52




Teacherscribe’s Teaching Tip #52

Now who doesn’t need help with this topic: how to make lessons more engaging?  

Way #2 – Remember, interesting things are new and novel.

Like it or not, people pay attention to things that are interesting.

So, as a teacher, how interesting are you?  How interesting is your room?  How interesting do you make your content and subject?

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Teaching Tip #51


Teacherscribe’s Teaching Tip #51

Now who doesn’t need help with this topic: how to make lessons more engaging?  

Way #1 – Remember, interesting things are emotional.  

Remember what it feels like when you watch an interesting or captivating movie?  How you get caught up in the film and everything around you fades?  How you pulse quickens during a suspenseful scene?  How you squirm in your seat when the bad guy appears?  How you jump in your seat at a jump scare?




Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Teaching Tip #50


Teacherscribe’s Teaching Tip #50

The power of “A.R.E.,” the “Free Fuel.”

This is yet another key takeaway from Lee Cockerell’s interview on the Entreleadership podcast.

He states that “A.R.E.” stands for – Appreciation, Recognition, and Encouragement.

When people have this, it is like “free fuel.”  It empowers and inspires them.  When you have that, you have an amazing organization, like Disney.

How do you make your students feel appreciated?  How do you recognize their achievements?  How do you inspire them?




Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Teaching Tip #49




Teacherscribe’s Teaching Tip #49

Another key takeaway from Lee Cockerell’s interview on the Entreleadership podcast is this – “everything matters.”

Lee tells the story of how – before Disney – he worked for the Marriot hotel chain.  One day the owner, JW Marriot told Lee to go across the street and clean and polish the US Post Office box that was grimy and dirty.

Lee said, “But it’s not ours!”

Marriot said, “Yes.  But it’s next to our hotel.  Clean it.”

And he did.

Everything matters.

I think we often forget this as the year starts rolling.

What ways do we make everything matter?

One way I try to is through my room.

I put a significant amount of time and effort into my room.  It’s a reflection of my personality.  It’s entertaining.  It’s busy.  It’s wild.  It’s a reflection of me. It’s my freak flag, and I’m not afraid to let it fly.

That’s why on open house or at conferences, I always have parents comment on it.  Sometimes it’s parents whose children I don’t even have in class.  They just stick their head in and say something like, “Now, I would like to be in this classroom.”

Everything matters.  I put up things my students have given me, letters they have written me, artwork they have done for projects.

My room matters.  Nothing sucks the life out of me as a high schooler as a boring room.  What does it say?  It says, I’m just putting in my time.  I really wish I was somewhere else.

Everything matters.  I don’t want my students thinking that.



Monday, November 13, 2017

Teaching Tip #48


Teacherscribe’s Teaching Tip #48

“Get the pacifier?”

What?

Entrepleadership podcast #115 features an interview with Lee Cockerell who was CEO of Disney for many years.  In the interview, he shares many things that he made Disney great.

One thing he said that Disney is known for is their extreme customer service.

He used this analogy – imagine you own the only store in town.  It’s the middle of the night and a mother calls you at home.  She has lost her baby’s pacifier and she needs a new one.

Do you tell her, sorry you’ll have to wait for the morning when I get to the store.

OR

Do you tell her, meet me at the story.  I’ll get it for you.  I’m leaving now.

There is no choice in the world of customer service.

So, as a teacher, when a student needs something, do you tell them to wait or do you “get the pacifier?”


Thursday, November 09, 2017

Teaching Tip #47


Teacherscribe’s Teaching Tip #47

John Maxwell: “Change is inevitable. Growth is not.”

Have truer words ever been uttered?

With Shane gone this year, I think it has forced us to rely more on each other and the culture we have built over Shane’s tenure.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Teaching Tip #46


Teacherscribe’s Teaching Tip #46

I’m no fan of acronyms, but one I love is A.I.R.

Give your students air.  

Appreciation.  How can you show them you appreciate them and enjoy having them in class?

Inspiration.  How do you seek to inspire your students?  Every. Day.

Recognition.  How do you strive to recognize your students?

No one ever left a job or refused to go to class because they were being appreciated, inspired, and recognized too much!

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