Phrases to use in the classroom by @rufuswilliam

Starter for Five

Name: Rufus
Twitter name: @rufuswilliam
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable): Maths
Position: Lead Coach
What is your advice about? Phrases to use in the classroom

  1. “Only 3/4/5 more students to start the work.”
  2. “100% of you working hard, well done”
  3. “Show me that you’re listening.”
  4. “I know that it’s not easy or natural for you to be sitting here concentrating and working hard but I still expect it. Working hard, learning lots, and getting into good habits will have huge benefits for you in your life.”
  5. This last one is for near the beginning of every single lesson. “A reminder about my expectations: when I ask for silence I expect exactly that and when I ask you to show me that you’re listening I expect you to have nothing in your hands and to be looking at me.”

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