Transform your classroom without saying a word

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Yes, you have been asked to do a drama lesson!   This has to be every teachers worst nightmare.  There are no tables, chairs, whiteboard.  Nothing except a costume cupboard that your students desperately want to get access to.

This was my teaching career for 10 years and I have to say I LOVED IT.  Once I learned how to manage my classroom!

Lets be clear:

Teaching can be the best profession in the world, but it can also be hell on earth!

Transform your classroom without saying a word

I know, like me, you are thinking that there is no way on this earth I could manage to tame that drama class.   Here’s what I learned along the way.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming

The science behind understanding how your brain works.  Studies have shown that communication between people is made up of 3 elements

7% of communication is made up of the words we say

38% is made up of tone of voice

55% is made up of body language

Still not convinced?

Have you ever told a student “Don’t throw that Pen” and they throw it anyway?

That is because your brain cannot process negatives.  So what they heard you say was “Throw that Pen”

Transform your Classroom without saying a word

Here’s how I did it

  1. Raise 1 hand in the air and keep it there! Gradually your students will start to look at you, wandering what you are doing, if you’ve gone mad.  Whatever the reason, they will start to look at you.
  2. Get positive eye contact with individuals and indicate they should also raise there hands and be quiet.
  3. Follow it with a non Verbal instruction. e.g. sit on the floor (remember my classroom had no chairs)
  4. More and more students will follow suit and at this point you have peer pressure on your side.
  5. Keep going until the whole class follows suit.

Be aware that if your hand is in the air, then there should be no noise.  THAT INCLUDES THE TEACHER! So if you need to, go back to the students who have their hands up and remind them to be quiet.

As you train your class, then this process becomes quicker and quicker.

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