Take 1, Give Me 5

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This simple classroom management technique brings structure to your lessons by maximizing student output and prioritizing student wellbeing. Students “take” one minute of rest and “give” five minutes of dedicated work. Add five minutes for each additional minute of rest. In a one-hour class, you’ll get 50 mins of output, and 4 mins of rest, with time left over for a warm-up, exit ticket, and questions. Warning: this technique requires a certain level of trust between you and your students. You have to be willing to relinquish a bit of control and allow your students to take ownership of their learning. Encourage student agency by working TOGETHER to create a list of rest options such as reading, meditating, movement, etc.