What’s the Effect of Your Affect?


Why do some teachers, despite planning an engaging lesson, get better results than other teachers who work in similar circumstances? Classroom management is obviously a big factor, but in last week’s most-clicked story, teaching coach David Ginsburg writes from experience that a teacher’s affect has a big effect on student behavior and learning.

Ginsburg poses several questions for teacher self-reflection regarding how you use praise, how you treat mistakes and risk-taking, and whether your style is authoritative or authoritarian.

How do students feel in your classroom? How do you know? What do you do—or not do—to affect how students feel in your classroom?