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I agree, lesson structure is key to effective lessons. When I clearly communicate instructions a lot of uncertainty is eliminated, and as a result there are less distractions.
Structure is so important. coming from casual teaching last year I have lost count of how many days I taught and just tried to survive the day due to poor organisation which meant the structure the class was use to went out the window.I have definitely found the value in organising and setting out my lessons effectively. I have also found a challenge in that im teaching in secondary as a primary trained teacher so the way you set out lessons are very different. I am however starting to get confident with my structure in most of my lessons.
Excellent to hear, Rob.
I said the other day to someone that teaching is 70% parenting of other people's kids and 30% actually teaching content (probably shouldn't have said it out loud).
I can see that this may be my experience because I feel like I'm parenting students to do the right thing, and managing their behaviour, or managing their 'care factor'/homework.
Richard, would you say that this in your thinking is still a true statement, not in the sense that I experience 'parenting' but in a better way in which parenting is about developing a child to have agency in the world as an adult, and so developing agency in learning is 70% of the job?
Absolutely, and very well put, Manfred. The 'trick' (it's not a trick) is to teach in a way that minimises the need for behaviour management in the first place. By teaching in a way that fosters agency (giving students a sense of control) true engagement starts to happen. And where there's true engagement there isn't a need for behaviour management. What subject/s are you teaching, btw?