132: The Classroom Countdown Conundrum

Using a countdown in the classroom can be extremely effective. However, teachers innocently misuse countdowns during instruction. Tune in to hear tips on WHEN and WHEN NOT to use a countdown in the classroom so that student learning is maximized.

Quotables

  • Countdowns create urgency and keep the focus on behavior management so that we can get down to learning
  • The best teachers empower kiddos to take charge of the momentum of class
  • Countdowns should be used sparingly or they lose their effectiveness
  • Going to school for kids is their job

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I am an educator of almost a decade, passionate about cultivating talent in aspiring and new teachers through practical tips and strategies. My blog, book, and podcast are geared towards empowering teachers to enter the profession and stay there due to the advice and encouragement I provide. We have a real need in our nation for strong leaders in classrooms, and I believe its my calling and duty to coach teachers to achieve and maintain best teaching practices in order to drive the growth and success of our students in and outside the classroom.