It struck me that students who are learning our language may spend much of their school day confused about what we are telling them. For example, a few weeks ago I heard an Algebra teacher repeatedly saying "it's a piece of cake" as he walked students through their math equations. And I am guilty of often saying things like "aim higher" or "it's time to ratchet it down a notch."
My goal this week is to be explicit in my directions and verbal interactions with students. I hope to:
- add visuals on the board to support my written directions
- catch myself using idioms and teach the meaning of these
- ask co-teachers to help me be explicit
- tell students my goal so that they can point out when my directions are unclear