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Teach Primary – We’re more similar than different

Children who struggle with behaviour can find it difficult to discuss how it affects others, so staff at Robin Launder’s pupil referral unit ask them to empathise with fictional characters in similar circumstances instead… We all love a story – here’s a true one about Alex. Alex is disengaged in lessons, can be very disrespectful to staff and [...]

Primary Teacher – All about establishing routine happiness

Modelling good behaviour based around routines can minimise the potential for unruly behaviour and ensure that both pupils and teachers enjoy their school day. Meet Naomi. Naomi wanted to be a primary school teacher all her life, so when she finally qualified it was a dream come true. She’s now in her second year. However, there’s a problem: [...]

Primary Teacher – Do you need a hand?

Establishing a routine whereby your pupils put up their hands every time is pro-thinking, pro-participation and pro-community. It also places in you in control. "Let them call out, I say. It gives the lesson a bit of dynamism and pace. It’s fun. It shows them you’re cool, not a fuddy-duddy.” The person I‘m quoting is me, back when [...]

Constructivism – and a brainy brainer’s dozen

Every teacher needs to know this word: constructivism. Why? Because it’s the word that describes how we learn. When we learn something new, we construct that learning out of what we already know. We do it in one of three main ways: by noting similarities, by noting differences, by combining concepts. Often we do all [...]

There’s something about Simon – a request for help

Hi Behaviour Buddy, I’m really struggling with a “Simon”, a Year 6 pupil. He’s noisy, chatty and distracts others with lots of silly behaviour. If I challenge him, he’ll debate with me why he’s right and why I’m being unfair. He enjoys winding me up and frankly he’s good at it. To give just one of [...]

Cooperative Learning

Cooperative Learning is the name given to a range of teaching methods that promote learning that is structured, purposeful and, of course, cooperative. The students work on a common assignment. Assignments can range from the simple to the complex, and can include experiment-based work, design, creation of a graphic organiser, extended writing projects, problem solving, [...]

Mindset theory – 5 top tips for embedding Dweck’s work into your school (with a little help from Messi and superglue)

Your mindset shapes your life. It affects your intelligence, your behaviour, your choices, your happiness, your relationships, your physical health, your mental health, your bank balance, your life satisfaction. If you’ve got a growth mindset, it affects these things for the better, if you’ve got a fixed one, for the worse. In fact, if you [...]

TES – How to chart your classroom character

Are you cooperative or oppositional? Dominant or submissive? Examining your natural style could improve the way you teach Let me tell you half a story. Judd likes to have things his own way. If challenged, he likes to explain why he is right and why the teacher is being unfair. Ten minutes into a lesson, [...]

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