It’s February and we’re in the middle of what I call the “long, cold learning months”; that time between Winter Break and Spring Break that is a challenge both for our students and for us! By this time of the year it means cold weather, short days, and sickness are weighing us down. Even though this time of the year is a challenge, I call them “learning months” because there isn’t much time during these months where there is a huge break. That means more time for teaching and learning! To stay motivated, I use something I call the “Cycle of Learning Momentum.”
The Momentum Cycle goes against what may usually feel like “Students vs. Teacher” and shows us what a healthy classroom environment is all about!
Think back on your best lesson EVER.
- What made it great?
- How were you feeling when you were teaching?
- How were your students feeling? What was the energy like in your classroom?
If any (or all) of these questions brought a smile to your face, this is the lesson I want you thinking about!
Let’s connect this to our cycle:
- Were your students engaged?
- Because of their engagement, were they being successful with what you were teaching them?
- As you watched them succeed and be excited about the material, how were YOU feeling? Did their success bring out the confidence in you?
I would venture to guess that a confident you and a tired you are two different teachers…was the confident you engaging students more effectively than usual? You can see how success breeds success!
My next two blogs will dive into what confident teachers and student success look like, but let’s take a look back at what we already know about student engagement. Click on any of the links below to read past blog posts on how to keep your class engaged.
- The Rhythm of Instruction: Are You Holding Pace?
- The Three Keys to FUN in the Classroom
- Get Your Students Moving
- Three Moments When You Need a “Bag of Tricks”
- Save the Day in the Classroom