Two of my top five biggest behavior problem students from last year came by my classroom in the middle of the day. They were in my infamous Period 3, and the last time they saw me teach I was fighting a futile battle to get all of their classmates (and especially them) to stop talking for more than three seconds. I was desperately throwing out threats and consequences with rare success. When I did get quiet, I still didn’t have many kids paying attention.
This year, they were watching as my second period class entered the room and picked up their Do Now papers. They saw that my kids were silent and all of them were working. When a noise started, all I did was say, “Do I hear a voice?” and the chatting stopped. They were there when I ended the Do Now and started teaching, as all the kids sat quietly and watched me go over the problems, correcting the papers in front of them. When I went to the back of the room to ask them to leave (they had checked in at the office but were still supposed to be somewhere else), their jaws were halfway to the floor and they kept remarking about how quiet it was and how many kids were working.
I have never, ever in my life had anyone so impressed with me.