Teach Like a Champion Technique 36: 100 Percent
There’s one acceptable percentage of students following a direction: 100 percent. Less, and your authority is subject to interpretation, situation and motivation.
- To achieve this requires discipline that is positive and invisible i.e. a matter of habit.
- The first step is to notice how many and which students respond to your direction.
- The second step is not to tolerate partial compliance.
- The follow on from this is to ensure that the compliance you are asking for is just and necessary for learning.
- Three principles help to achieve 100 percent:
- Use the least invasive form of intervention
- Rely on firm, calm finesse
- Make clear that you are commanding obedience because it serves your students, not because you require it.
- Be strategically universal and impersonal
- Catch it early
- Emphasise compliance you can see
- e.g. asking for pens down and eyes on your is good because you can see whether students have done it
- Be seen looking, and narrate your scan of the room
- Avoid partial compliance
- Use unacknowledged behavioural opportunities (such as call and respose) to embed compliance without students recognising it.