The SAIL Teaching Framework

This is a condensed version of the complete chart, but it's a good place to start.  Click for a larger view (and to download).

July 23, 2012

Engaging and Effective

The goal of classroom management is the harnessing and managing of the students' attention in order to have that attention focused on the instruction.  To do this effectively, the teacher must consciously develop the instincts of a performer.  To have integrity, these instincts must arise sincerely from the teacher's own personality.  Training, practice, and the freedom to experiment and improvise are all indispensable to the development of these instincts.

The teacher who is both engaging and effective can couple this performance instinct with well-designed instruction.  What this looks like in the classroom will differ from teacher to teacher, but it will result in a student who is learning, and learning how to learn.

(read the complete essay here.)

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