In our previous “Real World Examples” post, we focused on Behavior Management. Keeping with the Classroom Organization domain, Productivity is our next dimension of exploration. Looking through the CLASS lens, teachers who are high in productivity have a classroom that work like a well-oiled machine. Everyone is aware of the expectations and how things work in each part of the day. There is little instructional time lost during the day. In real life, we often do not stop to think about what makes a day more or less productive. By being intentional in how we structure our time, we can better understand the benefits of productivity in the classroom.
The Example: Studying for Finals
Many of us can relate to being an adult learner. And adult learning sometimes means exams, as in the end of semester finals. There may be multiple subjects to study and various ways to do so. After you finish preparing for one subject, there are still others to choose from (Choice when finished). Minimizing distractions allows optimal learning to take place. Notifying friends and family when your study hours are and turning off electronic distractions is a must (Few disruptions). Before beginning to study, you have organized and gathered all the supplies you need (Effective completion of managerial tasks). And finally, to reward yourself at the end for all that hard work, you plan to choose something fun to do (choice when finished).
The Example: Driving to Work
Everyone has their own morning routine, such as taking the same route to work or school every day. When a routine is in place, there is little time lost due to confusion or wandering because the route never alters. The rules and instructions have been established and practiced many times (Students know what to do, Little wandering). Every now and again a detour sign or a blocked road throws off our routines and routes. When this happens, we find ourselves wandering. We search for the next step or look for guidance to a more familiar route. Turning on our GPS tracker and following the instructions get us back on track (Clear instructions).
The Example: Airport Security
Sometimes we don’t think about how transitions happen in our adult lives, but when you stop and look, they are all around! Take airport security, for example—especially when it is running efficiently (and sometimes it does)! To get to the first security checkpoint, one must wait in a long line. During this wait, security agents begin talking to the crowd. You find out what is not allowed through the checkpoint, and how to prepare to go through the scanner (Embeds a learning opportunity within the transition). Once through the checkpoint, travelers send their luggage through a scanner. Then, you walk through the second checkpoint. This organized system, with all pieces working together, makes the transition from security to the concourse move quickly (Brief).
The Example: Party Planning
Preparing for a party can be a huge undertaking! It takes intentional planning and advanced preparation for a gathering to run smoothly. If the party has games or activities, you need to know how to play the games and all the rules ahead of time (Knows lessons). Having all of the game pieces and materials organized and at the ready means less running around after guests arrive (Materials ready and accessible). When materials are set up and ready to go for each activity, guests can move through the event seamlessly and with little stress and wait time!
What are some of your favorite real-world examples of Productivity? What adult experiences reflect Productivity (in all ranges) each day?
As the former Vice President of Education and Program Operations, as well as the Head Start/Early Head Start Program Director, of a large Chicago Agency, I am often asked the question, “How did you get your CLASS scores to rise so much?” Our Pre-K Instructional Support scores rose from a 2.65 to a 3.74 the first year, and from a 3.74 to a 4.17 the second year. It wasn’t an easy process. And it was up to us to show our teachers the importance of teacher-student interactions and slowly introduce how CLASS scores could be used to improve these interactions.
Below are three steps we took to introduce the importance of CLASS and interactions to our teachers and, ultimately, raise our CLASS scores.
Teachstone continues to fulfill the important role of supporting Spanish-speaking partners who implement CLASS in their programs and communities. In an effort to strengthen our reach to this key base, Teachstone recently hosted a regional conference in Caguas, Puerto Rico. The regional conference offered several CLASS trainings in Spanish as well as translation services for English trainings. Trainings were held from November 4–8 at the headquarters and facilities of Camera Mundi Inc. Camera Mundi is the largest and most comprehensive provider of products, equipment, materials, and services to the educational sector in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.
There’s a powerful shift happening in early childhood classrooms across Louisiana. While education leaders across the country have visions of bringing high-quality, impactful interactions to all of their students, leaders in Louisiana have taken deliberate steps to turn their vision into a reality.