Description: This lesson describes the value of active supervision and the three practices that are involved in the process of actively supervising the classroom – moving, scanning, and interacting. Active supervision verbally and non-verbally communicates to students the certainty that you do inspect what you expect.

Learning Objectives:

  • List and describe the three elements of active supervision
  • Connect active supervision with encouraging expected behavior and discouraging unexpected behavior.

Reflective Questions:

  • What is the benefit of continuously moving throughout the classroom? Visually scanning the classroom? Frequently interacting with students?

Defining Terms

Moving: circulating among the students in the classroom.

Scanning: frequently and intentionally looking around at the students in the classroom.

Interacting: providing contingent and non-contingent attention to the students in the classroom.