Friday, April 13, 2012

Webinar on Student Achievement Best Practices

Stuff You Can Use for Managing and Motivating All Students


Rick Smith, master teacher and founder of Conscious Teaching, and his associate, Grace Dearborn, will deliver a must-see webinar titled "Stuff You Can Use for Managing and Motivating All Students" on April 25th that focuses on student achievement best practices. Below are some of Rick's ready-to-use strategies for conscious teaching, classroom management, and student achievement. Look for more strategy-filled blog posts from Rick this month!

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Classroom management and student motivation are essential elements of effective teaching.  Our upcoming webinar will focus on these issues, offering dozens of powerful strategies that teachers can implement easily right away.

Visuals for Procedures

Many teachers use visuals and rubrics for teaching content.  They can also be used to teach classroom procedures.  In our webinar we’ll share dozens of samples.  Below are three, along with teacher testimonials.  Our website – - has more information on these and other strategies that we’ll be sharing on April 25th.

Using the Textbook:
One of this Houston teacher's student achievement best practices is to use a textbook to help students stay focused.
"When I ask my students to get out a piece of paper and pencil and open their textbooks to a certain page I always get the same questions, like "What are we doing?" and "What page are we on?" So I tried displaying a “textbook readiness” photo on my projector screen with an image of a student desk with a book and paper and pencil, and I write the book page number using my overhead pen.  Now students know what to do and if they get confused i just reference the photo and they do it. Voila!

-­K. Servante, 11th grade English teacher, Houston, Texas

Student achievement best practices - This teacher uses images to set rules and have strong classroom management
"My students have to be seated when the second bell rings, otherwise they are tardy. Every time I mark a student tardy who is in the room but not seated, he or she argues and becomes disruptive. I tried using photos to show what is tardy and what is not, like I saw in the workshop, and it actually worked! Now if a student argues I just point to the photo on the door and the argument ends right away."

-­S Santos, 7th grade math teacher, New York, NY

Lining Up Rubric:

“Before  I used the lining up pictures and numbers, I dreaded asking my kids to line up at the door. Now it goes  smoothly every time. I just hold up the number of fingers that their line looks like, and the kids adjust and do all the work!"

-A Miller, 3rd grade teacher, Sacramento, California

Student achievement best practices and classroom management even extend to lining up at the door.


When teachers understand student achievement best practices, then lining up at the door is no longer simply "lining up at the door."


Student achievement best practices must give students a feeling of order and confidence, even when lining up at the door.


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