The #1 ….. (way to tell a teacher is an expert)

Number One** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1.

They use the whole classroom

Teachers that use the whole classroom and make every part of it “their home” — are most likely to be those that are “great teachers”.

Inexperienced and less effective instructors tend to stick to the center “jump zone” – right in front of the desk and in the center of the room. From there, teachers exert “power” and “control” (think of a teacher as a “force” – in this position they have the most “gravity”. ). This can be good in some situations but for the most part, language instruction needs “a first among equals”, needs freedom to express and comfort, low stress. This happens or is more likely to happen when the instructor delivers instruction from all parts of the classroom.

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