1. Don’t Plan Anything
2. Leave the Classroom Unattended
3. Keep Students in Their Seats All Day
4. Scream and Yell
5. Do Exactly What the Kids Want
Instead, offer students choices in how and where they work but maintain that they will do the work. Our students have been given the choice of “opting out” in the classroom, and this can breed learned helplessness.
6. Be Sarcastic
I am the sarcasm queen, but I know to turn it off in the classroom. Sarcasm isn’t funny when you are the only one who understands it. In fact, it can be downright hurtful.