Mike Roberts did what so few teachers have been able to do: He cracked the code on classroom management.
Roberts, 2014 Utah English Teacher of the Year and author of Hacking Classroom Management: 10 Ideas To Help You Become the Type of Teacher They Make Movies About, says that class disruption and behavior issues are not the problem.
These issues, Roberts says, are manifestations of archaic strategies.
While it might sound self-serving, the best way to eliminate classroom management problems forever, according to Roberts, is to “be the kind of teacher they make movies about,” but what exactly does this mean?
In the podcast interview embedded above, Roberts says that teachers need to talk less, interact more, and, possibly most important, get kids moving.
He talks about movies about inspiring teachers and how there’s a lot of noise, movement, connection, and excitement in their classrooms.
The more you can with students and really make that relationship with them and look at them as people, the more they look at you as a person. The more I’m willing to connect with them, the more they’re willing to connect with me.
For Roberts simple plan, with do-tomorrow and capacity-building strategies, along with some cool examples from many great movies, check out Hacking Classroom Management: 10 Ideas To Help You Become the Type of Teacher They Make Movies About.
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