Well, this is the last week for the UCF team to post on the CEC Blog. We have enjoyed sharing some of our ideas with you, and we wish you ALL the best throughout the school year. I thought I’d end my last blog with my favorite practical ideas and my favorite thoughts and quotes. We hope you have gotten a few ideas that will help you and your students have a great year.
My Favorite Ideas:
1. I love getting my news in pictures when I am too busy to watch or listen to the news. Try visiting http://tenbyten.org. Great to use in your classroom, too, for lessons related to current events.
2. When teaching, remember to try and use the three-second rule. This rule says that if a student is misbehaving, you should be able to ask the student to stop and deliver the consequence in three seconds or less. Otherwise, you are not very clear on your rules or your consequences.
3. Buy some Solo plastic plates and low-odor black dry erase markers. A cheap and easy way to give your entire class dry-erase boards. Then ask every student to respond to every question you ask in class on their boards.
4. If a student does not respond behaviorally to what you ask, use the “broken record” technique. This technique is where you just repeat the same statement over and over and over again. If you use this (e.g., student is talking, and your response might be “you need to stop talking so others can hear,” but the student keeps talking and you repeat the phrase) the student will typically stop after three times.
5. Find a reason in every class for kids to laugh!
6. Make sure you use brain breaks –- every 8-10 minutes. Simply do something to change the routine (add a physical break when possible) to help students chunk learning and stay focused.
My Favorite Thoughts/Quotes/Sayings:
1. Dewey said, “Look not for fault in the child, but in the teaching of the child.”
2. I live by these two rules:
a. Never let anyone live in your head who doesn’t pay rent.
b. I am my own best friend and I don’t need anyone else.
3. Kids with neurological disabilities need wheelchairs for their brains just like we allow wheelchairs for children with physical disabilities.
4. You can’t have a good day unless you have a bad day.
I wish you all the best and if you ever want to come to UCF in Orlando, FL, let us know. We have a great doctoral program, and we would love to have you join our team. Kim and Tanya are both amazing teachers and colleagues that I work with here at UCF. If you want to contact me in the future, feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com.
By the way, we have a new grant with funding of up to $20,000 per year and tuition and fees, if you decide you want to come to SUNNY Orlando for full-time studies in a Ph.D. program!!