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Student Teacher

It is so wonderful to see a

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It is so wonderful to see a class controlled in such a gentle manner! These kids are definitely going to have a great year. I really love your ideas, thank you for sharing!!!

6th Grade Mathematics Teacher from Knoxville, Tennessee

I really enjoyed reading

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I really enjoyed reading this blog. Thank you for sharing your experiences. I have picked up on a few things that I can try in class.

It's really clear you're a

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It's really clear you're a kind teacher, and a kind person, with a great philosophy. You're very enthusiastic about your work, calm and confident. You also have chosen some interesting topics for students to discuss on the first day.

We just have very different styles... the level of control you're exerting over students is a bit much for me - my experience teaches me that if you allow students to help shape the processes in the classroom, that they are very capable of making workable decisions.

I don't like to be the center of attention and I don't want to be the focus of their curiosity. My ego is out of the picture and I don't claim to be superior to them; my job is to help their voice and their interests emerge, through our class assignments and projects. One focus in my room is my students' voice - they are speaking and presenting within the first two days. The primary focus of course is the subject matter and I aim to start with a project that captures their attention and engages them in student-centered work in the subject, on the first day.

I wonder what would happen, and I would encourage you to experiment with, allowing students more breathing room in your classes... trusting them more and being more comfortable with a little uncertainty.

I give you lots of credit for posting here and sharing your video and comments. Although I look at things from a different perspective, I picked up some very good ideas from what I saw here, and thank you for sharing your tips and approach.

9th Grade Biology Class

I really enjoyed reading this

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I really enjoyed reading this blog. I am in full agreement that it is crucial for teachers to find the best in their students and to learn to really love their students as a whole and as individuals. I truly believe that students (and people in general) will live up to the expectations that you have of them, If they are high expectations, they will try hard to make you proud. If they are low expectations, natural laziness will take over. Finally, I also agree with the idea of having a clear goal for each and every class. Thank you again for your article!

Expert Teacher Leader at Por Vida Academy Charter High School

Good stuff! Absolutely right!

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Good stuff! Absolutely right!

I loved this blog. I loved

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I loved this blog. I loved the beauty of the idea of a teacher that really cares. If you do not believe, have trust in, or care about your students why would they care about you. There is so much simplicity in this blog and I love everything about it. The classroom is such a beautiful safe place. Where students can come alive. By following these little easy steps it can become a beautiful community of love. Great blog Tyler

Prospective English Teacher

I agree that is is extremely

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I agree that is is extremely important to expect the best of students, even if they are not always giving it. A student is going to want to succeed if you believe they can. Also, I never thought about sharing pictures of myself from when I was the same age as students... But that's a great idea! From what I have learned so far, a great way to connect with students is to humanize yourself.
Thank you for sharing your insights and experiences on this blog! Very helpful for me especially as a student who is aspiring to teach English one day.

teaching credential student (single subject, chemistry)

Great blog, Tyler. These

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Great blog, Tyler. These recommendations all seem pretty right on with what I've been learning and what I've always believed from a personal standpoint on what makes an effective educator. It's important to let your students know early on that you want to forge a collaborative identity with them where the endgame is helping them achieve a level of success they perhaps previously thought not possible rather than appearing as someone simply there to babysit them and scold them when what they do doesn't jive with your rules.

Teacher in training from California

I admire the clarity of your

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I admire the clarity of your instruction. The only other people I have seen who have as nearly as much of a direct, clear sequence of instructions as you have are close-up magicians. While observing the video, at first I thought you were just micromanaging to the extreme, and then I realized that each moment of meticulousness in your instruction served a purpose, whether it was to build a team dynamic (the timed, coordinated, passing of papers), or simply to establish an expectation that instructions are to be followed exactly (the binder, the letter assignment). you seem to know exactly what you are doing in every moment, there is no uncertainty. How to maintain that level of "withitness" throughout the whole school year is another question.

In Teaching Credential Program

I really enjoyed points 2, 3,

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I really enjoyed points 2, 3, and 7. I think these are crucial to the students and in the classroom setting as a whole. I believe assuming the very best in the student/ giving them the benefit of the doubt is a perfect tool so that you don’t come off as “too strict” for every misbehavior that occurs. With that said I totally agree that giving praise throughout the course of the day to students is very important. Students want rewards for their good behavior. As B.F. Skinner found, “positive behavior can be shaped with positive rewards”. Giving praise to the students is a positive reward, as the teacher is trying to bring out the positive behaviors in the classroom. Lastly, having a lesson plan that is clearly understood is key. Also, having a lesson plan that covers material throughout the entire period or class day is also very important because students do not like to be given “busy work”.

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