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Harnessing a Running Horse: An Essential Classroom Management Tool

If you are talking about really interesting things in your class there will be times when the conversation bubbles over and students spontaneously start chatting with each other. Here is one technique that I caught on footage from a recent workshop that not only gets you to regain control of your class in 20 seconds, but it also maintains a pleasurable atmosphere in class without yelling or unpleasant reminders about rules. I call the technique “harnessing a running horse”:

If you want more, I still have a few workshops scheduled for Autumn 2018.

12 thoughts on “Harnessing a Running Horse: An Essential Classroom Management Tool

  1. I love how you remind us that our customers are human beings, too. Besides, shushing them is NO FUN, and we all just want to have fun! It’s these small moments that help us keep our sanity and continue to love what we do!

    Thanks, Mike

  2. I would just like to say thank you! This worked in Sunday School this morning with a room full of middle schoolers who hadn’t seen us or their friends all summer long and then had been pent up in their houses waiting for the hurricane that didn’t come. They were vomiting their silly questions and comments all over the room today and we were getting nowhere fast! it worked like a charm for at least 10 minutes. LOL!

  3. I will definitely try this on Monday!! (esp. with 7th period) Thanks so much.

  4. So good I will do this tomorrow.

  5. YES….. I’m too lazy to get super fun and creative with brain breaks and turn and tell is what I use 95% of the time. I need to add the shushing between counting, tho! Thanks for this!

  6. I love it! I can’t wait for your workshop at our school next week! Mike Peto in Parker, CO! Woohoo!

  7. OH MY GOSH I can’t wait to use this with my kids K-8. Genius!

  8. Thank you so much, Mike!! So neat to see the video.

  9. Brilliant! And so simple!

  10. You’re a freakin’ Jedi Master, Peto! It just hit me, ‘telling’ everyone to be quiet is way too Atlassian anyways (if you’re read any of BVP’s work). Why not just harness the energy and have them do a pair-share? I think it was Justin Slocum-Bailey who wrote in one of his posts that simply turning to a neighbor is a brain break. They don’t have to stand up and dance for it to be “official.” Thanks so much for sharing this! Ride the wave, my friend.

  11. Love it!

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