SLANT Classroom Management Technique

Instructor: Rachel Tustin

Dr. Rachel Tustin has a PhD in Education focusing on Educational Technology, a Masters in English, and a BS in Marine Science. She has taught in K-12 for more than 15 years, and higher education for ten years.

In this lesson, we'll look at SLANT, which is an effective classroom management strategy that allows you to teach students to use their body language as a tool to engage in the content. After learning about this technique, you'll be able to test your new knowledge with a quiz.

Body Language is Everything

Have you ever looked at your class while teaching them and saw them slumped in their chairs, doodling in their notebooks? Or maybe you have a pair of students in the back of class passing notes. What were all these students thinking? The reality of teaching is that body language important to having the mind ready to learn. Often, we have to deliberately teach students how to use body language to be more successful. The SLANT classroom management technique is one way to do just that.

Posture is Everything

Teaching your students the SLANT strategy is easy. Start by teaching them what S stands for--'sit up straight.' In all likelihood, you'll have students who want to counter with 'I don't need to sit up straight to learn.' So you have to be prepared with why sitting up straight is so important in the learning process.

Posture is important to get oxygen to the brain so the mind can be engaged

Well you can tell them that when you're slouching, you can decrease the amount of oxygen to your lungs by as much as thirty percent. Not that it's a huge deal while you're not moving, but your brain--a critical portion of the learning process--needs the energy to function correctly. It gets energy by breaking down sugars. For your body to break down sugars into forms of energy your body can use easily, it needs oxygen. So if you decrease the amount of oxygen, your body has less oxygen to use to break down, and that results in less energy for learning.

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