Have you heard of the term “MBWA?” MBWA (Management by Walking Around) refers to a style of business management that involves managers walking around, in an unstructured manner, through the workplace to check with employees on the status of ongoing work. How can you use this effective strategy in your practice?
Circulation and proximity are valuable strategies that can increase student engagement and improve behavior in the secondary classroom. A teacher who “breaks the plane (Lemov, 2015),” and circulates throughout the classroom on a regular basis, conveys that he/she is in control of the classroom. During both small group and whole group instruction, consider assigning a brief independent task so that you can circulate briefly, then return.
Benefits of circulation include:
"I've noticed your hard work."
"Remember to raise your hand when...."
"See me after class."
"We're going to transition in five minutes."
"Please sit correctly."
"Thank you for your eye contact and attention when I was giving directions!"
I've seen even the toughest students save their sticky notes and collect them over time. Never underestimate the power of feedback!
Remember, what you pay attention to grows! Be sure to incorporate positive feedback into your circulation habits.