The 5-Minute Teacher: How Do I Maximize Time for Learning in My Classroom?

The 5-Minute Teacher: How Do I Maximize Time for Learning in My Classroom?

The 5-Minute Teacher: How Do I Maximize Time for Learning in My Classroom?

The 5-Minute Teacher: How Do I Maximize Time for Learning in My Classroom?

Synopsis

Even in an education system driven by the Common Core State Standards and high-stakes testing, teachers must adapt their methods to the styles of the modern learner. This means creating a student-centered classroom, driven by brief, interactive instruction from highly skilled teachers who know when the time is right to get out of the way. The five-minute teacher is one who delivers quick, thought-provoking lessons that send students clamoring to find meaning on their own, with the help of peers, and using the concepts and tools the teacher has provided in just a few minutes to create a wondrous, student-centered classroom. Barnes shares real anecdotes and practical strategies for transforming any learning environment into a remarkable, student-centered classroom, facilitated by a five-minute teacher.

Excerpt

It was the end of class. Twenty-five students—seated around tables, in beanbag chairs, and at computers—brought an end to nearly as many activities. a smiling young man shook his head and called out, “Mr. Barnes, this class goes by so fast. My other classes are so slow.”

I shrugged, smiled inwardly, and replied (somewhat stereotypically), “Well, time flies when you’re having fun.” There is no magic behind making each 55-minute class enjoyable for my students. I’ve learned that the hard way. It’s the structure of the student-centered classroom that creates a powerful, exciting learning environment that students actually enjoy. the so-called five-minute teacher—who should be nearly invisible—is just part of the fun.

Five minutes. Three hundred seconds. It can be like a whisper disappearing in an instant, or it can feel like an eternity—depending on the content that fills the time. Still, five minutes can be the most important part of a student’s day. When students are poised to learn something new, five minutes can prepare them for experiences that will open doors and minds. the trick is making those five minutes count.

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