My #1 Classroom Management Hack: Sprinkle In Slang

Students hear teachers telling them to behave properly all day, and they don’t really internalize it. Sure, you’re telling them to be quiet, but of course you are, you’re an adult. So I figured out how to leverage their succeptibility to peer pressure to my advantage:

Talk like a peer, but convey the messages of an adult.

For example, suppose I am trying to get the attention of the class but there are still a few kids talking. I can raise my hand, do quiet coyote with my fingers, use call and response phrases or claps……

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Maya Bialik

Teacher, author, and speaker making learning meaningful through curriculum strategy & creative experience design.