Presentation on theme: "Creating a Positive Atmosphere (Ch 2). Teacher Characteristics What were some of the qualities of your favorite teacher from your K-12 experiences (list."— Presentation transcript:
Creating a Positive Atmosphere (Ch 2)
Teacher Characteristics What were some of the qualities of your favorite teacher from your K-12 experiences (list 4 in your notes). –Instructor examples from fileInstructor examples
Positive Characteristics of Teachers “Withitness” Anticipate problems Good planners/teachers Enthusiastic/enjoyed teaching Used authoritative style - balances permissive and militaristic styles –Don’t be on the extreme –Why? Easier to start strict and loosen up (make friends along the way) Are liked by their students but are always the teacher and not a friend. Care about students
Teacher Actions Mistakes-OK-Here-Zone –Learning does involve mistakes. –IT’S normal-an important part of learning. The “yet” intervention (Stillman, Strategies) –When a students “I can’t,” add “yet” on the end. –Tell them to try the skill 37 times and if it can’t be done, then accept that the student can’t do it yet.
Positive Aspects of PE Programs What, besides the teacher, made physical a positive atmosphere when you were a K-12 student?
Learning names Learning names Be Persistent Do attendance Greet and dismiss by name Use names when addressing Name tags (reusable) Label a photograph (get permission) Brief note/description in attendance roster Adjective with name (Blue-eyed Brian) Check names during assessments/assignments Past yearbooks Squads/assigned location grid Games with names (i.e. tag & tell teacher your name) Practice visualization student faces later
Selection of Activities Use non-elimination games Avoid high pressure, low activity games –Relays Use cooperative activities (balance cooperation vs competition) Forming groups/partners –NEVER use captain to pick teams in front of the others
Positive strategies Catch being good (K-4/5) Publicize photos (get permission) Tell a story Have a student repeat what they did in front of the class Stress the affective (initiation, focus, closure) –Character education –Honesty, compassion, responsibility, tolerance, cooperation, sportsmanship Post records (fitness, coop) FUN Play music Mottos (100% effort)
More on “Catch Being Good” Secret Student - Draw a name from a pile of paper scraps containing all the student's names. Keep this name a secret. The students know (from you having told them) that this selected person will be watched to determine if they have behaved well and are deserving of the reward. The Sticker Chart - Make a large chart table consisting of anywhere from 20 to 100 boxes/spaces. From: behavior advisor
More on “Catch Being Good” The Raffle Ticket System - Award cut-up pieces of paper to kids who are on task, answer questions, etc. Don't be stingy. There will only be one drawing at the end of the period or day...thus only one prize given away Name on the Board – Kids who behaved properly that day.
More on “Catch Being Good” Bell system - Use a kitchen timer. Tell the students that you will be evaluating their behavior at the very moment that the bell sounds. Set the timer for any time between one minute and twenty minutes (shorter times for classes that misbehave more often). Do not let the students see the timer.
Positive Gymnasium Non-naked gym – how could you make a gymnasium more educational and inviting? Non-naked gym –Posters –Pictures of students/activities –Wall/floor art –Wall Postings (Text)Wall Postings (Text) Play music
Building Rapport Get to know your students as soon as possible Smile when appropriate and have a good sense of humor Demonstrate concern for students Have fun; show your personality (within reason) Relate to students in and out of classroom (say hi in the hallway) Get to know their world (ask questions about their weekend etc)
Building Rapport Build your "rep" by communicating and showing concern for the welfare of your students. –When they ask: "Why did you call my parents?" or "Why did you give me detention?" –Answer with "Because I care about you.“ or "Because I know you're capable of so much more." Use your expressive and receptive humor. See the humor in situations and create joy for your youngsters. ALWAYS remember though, you are the teacher, not their friend
Setting Up for Success Help them respond correctly in class. Give hints and cues so that they are successful in front of others. –Leading questions Recognize effort, not correctness. If a kid is giving us his/her best, we should be happy. Point out the progress made over time. Kids need to see that they have learned.
Challenges to a Positive Environment Car question
Equity Question –Reflect on your own teaching. Do you tend to favor any groups of children? –What are some possible groupings?