Texas TLAC Online contains 36 modules across 15 techniques, grouped into two categories:
Building Strong Classroom Culture
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Building Strong Classroom Culture
What To Do
What To Do directions communicate what students SHOULD be doing, not what they SHOULDN'T be doing.
Planning & Delivering Directions
Set students up for success with directions that tell them clearly and simply what to do
Set the stage for success by giving observable directions and scanning the room
Be Seen Looking
Communicate to students that you're a careful observer
Least Invasive Intervention
The goal of Least Invasive Intervention is to make your redirections nearly invisible so that you can keep teaching and students can keep learning.
Help students get back on track by redirecting misbehaviors without using words
Two Key Verbal Reminders
Help students get back on track with quick redirections that help students stay focused on the content.
Private Individual Correction
Keep your one-on-one redirections supportive and private.
Strong Voice is a technique for adjusting your speech and body language to ensure students listen carefully to what you say.
Establish Formal Register
Ensure your tone, expression and body language convey steadiness and composure to build a strong and positive classroom culture.
Use a strategic pause to make sure every student can hear what is being said.
Economy of Language & Quiet Presence
Speak concisely and quietly to show students that what you are saying is important.
Give directions and redirections that motivate and inspire students to do their best work.
Frame Redirections Positively
Support students in focusing on their learning by giving directions that show trust and maintain privacy.
Motivate Effort & Excellence
Inspire students to do their best by challenging them and by reminding them about who they are striving to become.
Designing Classroom Systems
Create a vision for the systems in your classroom so academic learning can thrive.
Install Your Systems, Part 1: Roll Out
Invest students in your system with a brief, positively-framed introduction that shares the purpose for the system.
Install Your System, Part 2: Deliberate Practice
Design thoughtful practice to make sure your students are prepared to smoothly bring the system to life.
Transfer Ownership: Remove Scaffolding
Empower students to own classroom systems by limiting teacher talk to planned System Cues.
Do It Again
Sometimes the best way to support a student in adjusting behavior is to ask them to simply repeat their action and correct the mistake.
Remote Teaching: Building Culture
These modules help you build a positive, productive culture in a remote setting.
Remote Teaching: What to Do Directions Online
Support student success in a remote classroom by providing clear directions verbally and visually.
Remote Teaching: Narrate the Positive Online
Narrate the Positive to build an active and engaged remote learning community.
When you Cold Call students, you call on them regardless of whether they have raised their hands or not.
Introducing Cold Call
Invest students in Cold Call with a brief, positively-framed introduction to the technique
Positive Cold Call Culture
Set students up for successful Cold Calls by ensuring that the technique is warm, predictable, and universal.
Time The Name
Maximize participation by asking your question before Cold Calling a student to answer
Unbundle & Follow-On
Call on students in a way that increases participation and encourages careful listening
Slow down your Cold Call to encourage students to think more deeply
Show Call is a variation on Cold Call. When you Show Call, you use student work to prompt further learning, analysis, and revision.
Show Call with Purpose
Be strategic about the student work you show and when you show it
Positive Show Call Culture
Build a culture in which students want to have their work shown.
Analysis & Application
Help students to analyze each other's work and to apply what they've learned
Double Planning is the process of planning what both you and your students will do at each point in the lesson.
Lesson and Materials
Plan what you and your students will be doing at each point in the lesson
Plan for Error
Plan for Error is the process of anticipating student misunderstandings and determining how you will respond to them in the moment.
Anticipate Student Error
Help yourself notice and respond to student error by planning for it
Break It Down
Respond to incorrect answers in a way that helps students get to "right"
Art of the Sentence
When you use Art of the Sentence, you ask students to synthesize a conclusion, describe an insight, or summarize a complex idea in a single, well-crafted sentence.
Three Types of Prompts
Use the discipline of writing a single sentence to help students think and write with greater precision
An Exit Ticket is a short, formative assessment that you can use to evaluate your students' success with the lesson objective. Learn how to design Exit Tickets effectively and how to analyze and act on the data you collect.
Design an informal end-of-lesson assessment that provides formative data on student learning
Analyze & Act
Use end-of-lesson assessment data to inform tomorrow's teaching
When you Stretch It, you respond to students' correct answers with more challenging questions.
Directive & Non-Directive Prompts
Reward “right” answers with more challenging questions
Remote Teaching: Engaging Academics
These modules help you create engaging and inclusive classrooms, building breadth of participation and depth of thought.
Everybody Writes: Using the Chat
Use the chat to drive active engagement and surface ideas from all students.
Remote Teaching: Positive Cold Call Online
Help students feel seen and valued online with Positive Cold Call.
Remote Teaching: Double Plan Online
Prepare what you and your students will say and do throughout the lesson.