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January 2, 2018

Preventing Discipline Problems

“Is it possible to teach a lesson so effectively that the need for corrective feedback is nearly eliminated?” The answer is YES – if we employ Say, See, Do Teaching. With Say, See, Do Teaching, the heart of any lesson is a series of Say, See, Do Cycles in which we tell and show the students what to do next and then put them to work doing it before they forget. As they...

January 7, 2016

Limitations of Verbal Prompts

In our previous post we looked at the main impediment to working the crowd apart from the furniture, the helpless handraisers – those students who sit with hands waving in the air during Guided Practice waiting to be tutored. When we stop to tutor them (which takes 3-5 minutes), we reinforce helplessness as we lose the class. Within 10 seconds the noise level rises and...

November 24, 2015

The Same Kids Every Day

During the first part of the lesson, call it input, students usually pay attention fairly well. You are engaging them, interacting with them, and “working the crowd.”


But, during Guided Practice, when you have the nerve to ask the students to do some work, the hard part of the lesson begins. Using time honored words of teaching, you say,


“…and, if you are still having diffic...

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May 1, 2020

Staying Sharp While at Home
We've all had to make some serious adjustments lately, but when it comes to school, "The show must go on." Many of you are...

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