Proactive Classroom Moves

Establishing Teacher Presence


Before you even open your mouth to begin your lesson, your posture, body language, and expression are sending clear messages to students. They're drawing terrifyingly strong conclusions about your standards, how much you care about them, and what sort of expectations you're going to hold them to.

The good news is that establishing good teacher presence -- the warm and demanding kind -- is a skill, not an innate quality. As is modulating that presence to meet the particular needs of different moments in your lesson.

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Additional Resources

“Surviving Your Rookie Year of Teaching” MOOC

This free, open-enrollment Coursera class explains 3 high leverage ideas and techniques to help teachers thrive in their first (or fifteenth) year of teaching.

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Scanning & Circulating

Reinforce your presence in the classroom by making smart choices about where you move.

Proactive Management Mentality

Good presence can help you proactively set the tone for students to make good choices in your room.