Hetali Lodaya, Breakthrough Philadelphia

Hetali Lodaya, Breakthrough Philadelphia

Name: Hetali Lodaya
Breakthrough Program: Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia - Drexel
Subject Teaching: Science
School Attending/Year: UNC-Chapel Hill 2014

I think there is one instructional strategy that trumps them all. It's a something I know I have always wondered, one that harkens back to the days of thinking that teachers lived at school (and slept in their closets or something). You always suspected, but could never prove it... you were also sure that you would be laughed at or fried alive if you asked. Readers, I am going to be bold and put out there what we have forever asked in the deepest, darkest places of our hearts: Do teachers actually learn how to do a "teacher stare"?

I was all at once shocked, amused, and excited to learn that, at BT Philly at least, the answer is a resounding YES.

This is a classroom management strategy that older siblings will be very familiar with: you give your misbehaving or acting out student an almost bored look, indifferent look (sometimes raising one eyebrow helps), indicating that "I'm not impressed. You know you can be doing better." Practicing this skill was just a little bit difficult - you try doing it without laughing - but I think the point behind it was the most important thing. We really do expect the best from our students, and we don't have to lose our tempers or argue back with them - we expect better than that for ourselves as well.