SLANT

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  1. sunnyteach

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    I just received a copy of Teach like a Champion by Doug Lemov and noticed that many of the "champion" teachers use the SLANT classroom management technique. I had never seen or heard of it before and was just curious to find out how many of you use it.
     
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    Hmmmm . . . there is a "SLANT" that goes along with my CHAMPs management system, but that's Randy Sprick. SLANT is for listening.

    S--sit up
    L--lean forward
    A--act interested
    N--nod
    T--track

    That's the only one I know. It may not be part of Randy Sprick's program, as I've pieced my management system from several sources.
     
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    That's the same SLANT. I like the idea of having a cue word to bring students up to attention, but SLANT doesn't quite cut it for me with my seniors, so I think I'll use SET: sit up, eyes and ears open, and track.
     
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    Oh, I like that, Mrs. K. Slant is too much for my second graders to remember. SET would work a lot better.

    I already have students trained to sit up - they chant "hands on the desk, feet on the floor, chair all the way in." Once I get them trained in that, I can throw in the other two. Thanks!
     
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    I just drill into their heads:

    Sit up
    Hands still
    Eyes on the speaker
    Mouth closed

    We review this over and over through the year, and I ask students to show me what a good listener looks like. If you practice it enough, it's just as effective as an acronym, imo.
     
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    Quantum Learning uses SLANT too. Love it. I put a square on the floor using colored electrical tape, and call it my Hot Spot. When I stand in the Hot Spot, I am about to say something that is REALLY important, so all students need to SLANT. It keeps the kids interested and paying attention.

    I find that sometimes my sixth graders tend to "over-SLANT", exaggerating and trying to annoy me, but I don't mind-it doesn't annoy me, and they are actually being tricked into paying attention, without realizing it. ;)
     
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    I like that idea of the hot spot! I may try that out with my first graders this year!
     
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    This is new for me. Is it something that is more common with younger grades?
     
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    The Hot Spot works really well as a novelty at the beginning of the year. As the year goes on, they tend not to slant so vivaciously!
     

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