December 26, 2016

Some years ago now, I did a student survey which looked at which subjects in the school were favourites with the students and which were least favourite, and then tried to delve into the reasons why.

It was quite clever (I thought) because it was worded in such a way as...

December 15, 2016

Here’s article addressed to children in a school situation. Make what use of it you can.

Out of every 168 hours that there are in a week, you spend about 60 of them asleep, and out of the remaining 108 hours you are at school for about 36. That’s about a third of the ti...

December 13, 2016

Interaction, interaction, interaction.

That’s what teaching is all about, and that’s what terrifies most student teachers or those new to the job. 

What you don’t want to be is the teacher who can't control the class, standing nervously at the front of the room while mis...

December 10, 2016

The teacher’s role in creating an atmosphere in the classroom is central to teaching and learning. Often this is about dispelling an existing atmosphere before you can create one of your own.

This has a lot to do with discussions or group interactions in a class and can...

December 7, 2016

To accomplish anything educationally, some control is needed.

The word ‘control’ has a bad name in some quarters. As a verb, it comes from an Anglo-Norman French word, contreroller which meant ‘keep a copy of a roll of accounts’, originally stemming from the medieval La...

December 5, 2016

Here are some tips to help teachers in the potentially fiery chamber known as the ‘classroom’:

1. Don’t ‘talk down’ to children.

Don't treat the class as ‘junior' to you. By that I mean 'assuming airs and graces' or in any way 'pulling rank’ as a teacher. You might use t...

November 28, 2016

It’s possible to portray the relationship that must exist between parents and teachers as a perpetually confrontational one, which is why it’s important to clarify that there are different kinds of issues that come up with children who attend school.

The first and perha...

November 17, 2016

Volumes and volumes of opinion exist as to what gets results in education. A rapid consultation of newspapers, political statements, even discussions with educational professionals, usually results in this list of preferred reforms (in no particular order):

• new head t...

November 16, 2016

When teaching 11 to 14 year olds about mediaeval literature like Beowulf or Gawain and the Green Knight, one runs into the enormous barrier of in some cases a thousand years of cultural and linguistic changes which act as an abyss between the modern student and the wor...

November 12, 2016

It was common practice in schools a few years ago, and may still be, that, in order to ‘do’ Shakespeare, the teacher would play Baz Luhrmann’s film Romeo + Juliet to a class of students and then take one scene from the original play and examine it in close detail. An e...

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