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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Anticipation: Another Hidden Teacher Practice that Mentors Should Discuss and Demonstrate with their Mentees

What is Anticipation?

Anticipation refers to the specialized type of thinking developed by veteran teachers who are able to perceive potential problems in the classroom.

Over years of professional practice seasoned teachers are able to read student behavior and anticipate an array of potential challenges that may arise in this classroom. This sixth sense possessed by veteran teachers and their ability to make provisions for these potential problems make instruction appear to be seamless.

In the next post we will begin to discuss a set of intentional teaching practices designed to gain student attention and reduce off-task student behavior.

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