What to do...
- Set-up a group contract using classroom rules that have been established.
- Review the rules, weekly or daily, until the students can successfully adhere to them.
- Use direct and specific reprimands, "Stop talking and work on your math problems, please."
- Frequently give praise to whole class, "Thank you for working so quietly." "Thank you for cleaning your area so quickly."
- Be proactive. If you see a student becoming distracted intervene quickly. "Harry, you with us?"
- Use the "Look", Daily Assignment #95.
- Frequently circulate around the room.
For the student who continues to have difficulty, designing an individual contract maybe necessary.
On a personal note, writing 100 blogs feels like a major milestone. I have surprised myself with how much I had to share. At this point, I have decided to slow down a bit. So, beginning this week I will be doing my blog just once a week, Sunday evenings. I hope you will continue to check all previous blogs for ideas and check-in each Sunday evening. In the meantime, please share this blog, and my book, with colleagues and friends.
Best Effort and see you next Sunday,