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ALWAYS Actions

Key teaching tip: Students learn when they know what is expected of them.

I have poached these from my teacher training at “Teacher Ready” in Florida, and seen this for years from others “always actions” that I believe are for all times for effective teaching and student engagements with procedures.

Procedures. More effective teachers have a positive regard to their students with care and listen! With structure and concern, let students know what success looks like.

Targets. These are aligned best when we segment scaffolded information, move students to target and Clearly communicate this.

Practice. Give students’ expectations and opportunities to practice with two-way dialog, let them know what they are supposed to do to improve to achieve success and model it. Show them care in an interactive learning environment, student to teacher and student groups.

Feedback. Give very specific sequenced positive feedback on what and how to improve. Do so in small units and specific learning targets. Students can only receive in small units.

Student expectations. Grades and evaluation, they will perform up to a self-preconceived expectation. If a student only thinks they can do a C, then that is what they will do. We need to help them know they can achieve to a higher potential.

Feedback. Constantly give feedback to your students! This is extremely important to nurturing their educational journey and your classroom management! This is not just what you may feel is important; rather, engage them with specific feedback, congratulating them for their accomplishments and providing the specific and timely feedback to help them improve their performance. Create ways for students to self-assess and include strategies for students to give feedback to each other to know what they have learned and where learning gaps exist. Know how to close the gaps.

Think about how you can coach and be more of a team than a dictator. 

Gleaned from my training at

Dr. Richard Krejcir is an Author, Researcher, seasoned Special Education teacher and the Director of a nonprofit that does educational training in third-world countries. He is also a STEAM teacher and a father of a son with autism.

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