The Power of “Genius” in Your Classroom

Chad OstrowskiBlog, Class Management, Innovation, The Method

The Power of Genius in Your Classroom

If you’re like me, you spend a lot of time, money, and effort trying to figure out how to reach the bottom 10% of our students in your classroom. Honestly, it’s a great place to expend your resources because those are the students who probably need it most. However, when we shift all our focus this way,  a lot of students who may be … Read More

Removing “Escape Hatches” From Your Classroom

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Remove Escape Hatches from Your Classroom

A common theme I get asked about during my workshops is student motivation, or student effort. No matter what management techniques or systems you have in your classroom to maintain behavior, instilling a culture of working hard, or “grit” as some like to call it, is probably one of the most difficult things you can accomplish as a teacher. A … Read More

Getting the Next Unit Started in Your Classroom

Chad OstrowskiBlog, Class Management, Innovation, The Method

While speaking at professional development seminars and workshops I often get asked the question… “Ok, I get what good instructional units look like but what do I do between them?” This question is very common and for good reason. It wouldn’t make sense to just go from unit to unit with no transition. In all honesty, your students would probably … Read More

How the First Five Minutes Can Save Your Lesson Plan

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How the first five minutes can save your lesson plan

There are a lot of factors that go into the success or failure of any lesson plan. Your students, activities, management, planning, formative assessment, available resources, and probably 1,000 more things I’m not thinking of at the moment. One thing has helped me improve the success rate of my lessons is the first 5 minutes. I have created a simple … Read More