Retrieval Practice - the what, why and how of (ahem) total recall What is retrieval practice? Have you ever tried to remember the name of a film or a song or a restaurant? Or perhaps an acquaintance’s name? Or your spouse’s? You know it, you do, but it is a real struggle to recall it. [...]
7. Revisit your rules At some point during your lesson, though earlier is better than later, revisit your classroom rules. The following approach works well. Shush activity Cover your rules display. Tell the students that they have two minutes to write the classroom rules down exactly as they are written on the (now covered) display. [...]
First Day Back after Christmas - aka Getting Behaviour Right from Day One Be under no illusions: when it comes to behaviour management, your first day back after the Christmas break is crucially important. In fact, it’s the second most important day of the whole year. The only day that’s more important is the first day [...]
Ten tops tips for expert behaviour management Congratulations! By choosing to be a teacher, you have chosen a career that has meaning, makes a difference and shapes the future. If you’re not feeling smug right now, you should be. You’ve won the job lottery. But it’s also a difficult job. The marking, the planning, the [...]
"If it’s good, the students will probably behave and engage in learning; if it’s not, they probably won’t.” That’s what my mentor told me on day one of my first teaching practice. She was talking about the teacher-student relationship.
Sammy's Predicament is surprisingly common. You do everything that the experts tell you to do, but still there's behavioural problems. What's the solution? Well here's three possibilities from three experienced teachers.
Meet George. “I’m just about to start my second year of teaching. My first year was a challenge. I didn’t get the students where I wanted them in terms of behaviour. That, in turn, had an impact on progress and, to be honest, gave me a few sleepless nights. So I want this year to be different and I’d like it to be different from day one. Any tips?”
Ten top tips for a great start to the academic year Be the boss Students want you to be the boss because that makes the classroom a safe place. Now, that doesn’t mean that you have to be terrifying, shouty or stern (all counterproductive in the long term), but you do have to demonstrate your [...]
View PDF version Mindsets – the way you see yourself and the world around you – can shape your life. When that mindset is about a core concept such as intelligence, its power to shape is even greater. According to Professor Carol Dweck of Stanford University, the originator of mindset theory, the way you think [...]
Joe came to my class in the middle of year 6 – a funny, lively and charismatic boy who loved trains, geography and Man United. He was also a boy who had ADHD. And I very quickly realised that I was out of my depth. His behaviour was a whirlwind of disruption. I was exhausted by the end of the first hour, let alone the first day.