The First Slogan: Take Risks!
In fact, sloganeering is an important teaching technique because slogans give students important reminders about your lessons and they are easily repeated throughout the course. No slogan is as valuable as this one: Take risks! Your students should hear you say this every day of the year – soon enough they will say it to each other.
No thinker, no writer, no person can advance without taking risks. Certainly, no teacher can improve without taking risks.
From this point forward you are herby encouraged to take risks and to teach students to take risks.
In fact, my very first creative lesson begins by instructing students to "Use magic markers and write the slogan 'Take Risks!' on the first page of your notebook. I want you to see it every time you open that book."
The technique showed there is called "direct instruction" - telling the students what to do. "Write this down ..." or "Take out a notebook and a set of magic markers ..." are examples of direct instructions.
When you give direct instructions, be sure to give students time to comply with your instructions - and coach them along if they need assistance.
Today you learned about sloganeering, taking risks, and direct instruction. That's enough for one blog!
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