Tools for Teaching
Study Group Activity Guide
of our 35 schools are heavily engaged in the Tools
for Teaching study groups. These groups involve
both teachers and administrators! I wish you could
hear the incredible conversations that go on. Everyone
here loves the book.”
Quinn, Professional Development Coordinator
Two Versions: Tools
for Teaching Second Edition is here
– and a new Study Group Activity Guide
is available to reflect the changes!
the correct Study Group Activity Guide
for your edition of Tools for Teaching.
What is the Study Group Activity Guide?
The Study Group Activity Guide is a free, downloadable document
designed for small "Study Groups" of teachers to
meet regularly and put the skills detailed in Tools
for Teaching into practice. With most schools
facing less time and budget for full professional
days we are hoping the Study Group Activity Guide
will be an inexpensive answer to staff development.
Plus, Tools for Teaching is packed with specifics. If you
are to master Tools for Teaching, you will need to study it chapter
by chapter. The purpose of our Study Group Activity Guide is to
provide the structure for making this study as productive as possible.
A Study Group can help you perfect the skills of classroom management
prior to implementation. With adequate structure, a brief after
school meeting can become a significant learning experience. Hopefully,
working with colleagues will become a permanent part of your school
culture. The Study Group Activity Guide structures learning activities
that can be used indefinitely as you perfect your management skills.
If you and a handful of colleagues work together on a weekly basis
after you have Tools for Teaching under your belt, you will
be able to solve classroom management dilemmas as they arise.
What's in it and how do we use it?
The Tools for Teaching Study Group Activity Guide provides structure
for 12 Study Group meetings lasting 45 minutes each, plus an organizational
meeting to help you get started. Study Groups should consist of
3-8 teachers that rotate leadership responsibility from meeting
Each of the 12 meetings are structured around the following elements:
- Focus questions
- Study Group activities
- Performance checklist
The 12 meeting topics focus on the following skill areas:
- Working the Crowd and Room Arrangement (Chapters 1-4)
- Praise, Prompt and Leave (Chapters 5, 6)
- Visual Instructional Plans (Chapter 7)
- Say, See, Do Teaching (Chapters 8-10)
- Rules Routines and Standards (Chapters 11, 12)
- Understanding Brat Behavior (Chapter
13); (Chapters 13, 15 Second Edtion)
- Calm is Strength (Chapters 14, 15); Calm
and Consistency (Chapter 14 Second Edition)
- The Body Language of Meaning Business (Chapters 16, 17)
- Eliminating Backtalk (Chapters18, 19)
- Responsibility Training (Chapter 20, 21)
- Omission Training and Preferred Activity Time (Chapters
- Dealing with Typical Classroom Crises (Chapters 24, 25)
Using the Study Group Activity Guide with the Video Toolbox
The 12 Study Group meetings listed above seamlessly integrate with
the 12 Video Sessions inside the Tools
for Teaching Video Toolbox. Combine your 45
minute Study Group meetings with the Video Sessions
to create 75 minute meetings that include video
and activities. It's all laid out for you in the
Video Handbook for easy implementation and use.
here for a breakdown of how they work together!