Taking the Lead: How to Build Confidence in Your Students

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One goal of using direct instruction in your classroom is to build confidence in your students as you model, model, model.  As teachers, we model grammar jingles. We model sentence classification. We model everyday to ensure our students can make English Language Arts connections with confidence.

But, why leave the modeling to just the teacher? Why not get your students in on the action?


Student leading her class in a Shurley Jingle.

Student leading her class in a Shurley Jingle.

Student leading his class in the Q&A Flow.

Student leading his class in the Q&A Flow.

Here, you see a student leading her class in a Jingle. Next, you see a student leading his class in the Question and Answer Flow. In each of these scenarios, the student is acting as the teacher’s assistant. The student is modeling, while also having the support of his/her peers. The student is building competence and confidence! 

It’s time to step back. 

It’s time to pass the baton. 

Who is ready to take the lead in your classroom?

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Cindy Goeden

Cindy Goeden has enjoyed being involved with Shurley English for the last sixteen of her twenty-six years in the field of education.  Working with various levels of students in elementary, junior, and high schools, in both the private and public arenas, Cindy surely is thankful for the providential day that she was introduced to Shurley English, which changed forever her approach to Language Arts instruction. That has led to her current job of having the joy of sharing about Shurley with other educators.  Her love of learning has prodded her to earn over two hundred and twenty hours, which includes two bachelor degrees in education.


Cindy currently lives with her husband, Donald, in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she enjoys puttering in her flowers, changing up her décor with the seasons, and occasionally getting out and traveling with Donald to either explore a new beach or view historic sights and gardens.