- Read the lesson ahead of time (gasp!) and highlight the most important parts.
- Until you get used to delivering short whole group lessons, practice giving your lesson to a stuffed animal the night before.
- Prep any example problems prior to the lesson so that time is not wasted with you writing on the board while students just watch.
- Don’t repeat yourself over and over. It is a teacher habit and we all do it, but students get used to it and stop listening.
- Hold off on the manipulatives if possible. Perhaps you can draw pictures instead.
- Don’t have kids come up to the board to complete a problem. Have everyone do it on their whiteboards and then quickly teach their partner how they solved.