Monday, June 17, 2013

Teach Like a Pirate - Chapter 3: Rapport

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Dave Burgess hit the nail on the head!
We should have techniques in place to avoid behavior battles!
  Rapport is the #1 technique.
It is what sets teachers apart in the classroom when it comes to discipline!

In this chapter, Dave Burgess describes how he builds rapport with his students. 
What are his suggestions?
  • Make connections in your lessons with the lives of your students.  This might be their personal interests and/or connections with tv, music, etc
  • Get to know your students - what do they like, dislike, find interesting, enjoy doing, etc
  • Build the trust of your students.
  • Spend time outside the instructional time with your students:  lunch, playground, before school, etc.
  • Make your classroom a safe, learning environment.  He calls this a No - Meanness Zone (pg.25)
  • Make your classroom FUN and out of the ordinary!
When you build rapport with your students, they will be hooked!

For a play by play of Dave's first 3 days of school see pages 22 - 32.



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