- Put your instructions in writing. Whether digital or on a whiteboard, you do not need to speak your instructions. Let the students read them and get to work.
- Time yourself. There is nothing more convincing than data. Time how long you talk to the entire class and record it daily.
- Don’t talk to the entire class. Getting every student’s attention takes time and stops work.
- Get rid of the front of the room. If there is no front, how can you get all their attention.
- Implement Backchannel. Allow students to interact with you and each other and have a simple method for pushing out information.
- Let students time you when you start giving instructions. Come up with a time limit and stick to it.
Reflecting on your ecosystem. What culture does the learning ecosystem support? If you have not read through this journey with me, then I recommend you go through the 5 parts of creating an Educational Ecosystem. This entire journey started with the idea of having a vision, joining a conversation, and doing what is best for children. The district will have a vision, a clear and simple set of goals, and an idea of what that should look like. As a teacher, we need to join the conversation. By structuring our classroom into an educational ecosystem, we are thoughtfully creating a space that support student learning with our vision for education. It can be frustrating to feel like your voice is not heard. Your actions and student learning shouts an undeniable and unmistakable opinion. Be heard.
As you move toward next year, how are you going to redefine your ecosystem and how are you going to support student learning.