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Smacking in Wales Becomes Illegal | BBC News

Smacking children has recently been made illegal in Wales. I’m very pleased to hear this, although it might take a generation for the culture to catch up with the legislation. … Continue reading

April 4, 2022 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: What Lies Beneath

February 10, 2022 · Leave a comment

Why Behaviour Management is Not Where We Should Be Going

Fiona Holiday writes insightfully about the blind alley that is behaviour management and control in schools. She focuses on learned behaviour and the ability of adults to develop young people … Continue reading

September 6, 2021 · Leave a comment

Look Beyond the Behaviour to the Cause…

Using my friend Kevin Hewitson’s metaphor of ‘If you can’t reach them, you can’t teach them, I would suggest all teachers think again about what lies beyond challenging behaviour. Thank … Continue reading

June 25, 2021 · 1 Comment

The Covid Toll on Childrens’ Lives…

Speaking with a number of parents recently, they all reported that their children were becoming increasingly morose and disheartened by the experience of Covid 19. The breakdown of routines and … Continue reading

November 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

If you are feeling frustrated by the current uncertainty… welcome to autism world!

The coronavirus has brought with it an age of uncertainty. A time when no plan, arrangement or appointment may survive the chaos associated with the virus. This uncertainty is the … Continue reading

November 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Response Decision-Making

When dealing with children in classroom situations, there is often a determination to be decisive rather than fair or proportionate. Anything therefore which gives pause for thought and a structure … Continue reading

October 23, 2020 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Autism and Insight

September 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

Look Behind the Behaviour to the Cause

You can download this poster created by WholeHearted School Counseling here: Behind Anger: Free Social Emotional Learning Poster | Teachers Pay Teachers

June 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

Common Courtesy… Or Supporting a Neurodiverse Person?

Some more clear thinking from Professor Amanda Kirby on the issue of supporting neurodiverse people in your school or company. Nothing revolutionary here, simple a rational and consistent approach to … Continue reading

February 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

A Template for Neurodiversity

Professor Amanda Kirby again makes the complex understandable in her chart of the common neuro-diverse conditions and how they impinge on each other. I consider reflection on this chart would … Continue reading

February 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Behaviour Management: Some Thoughts

It has often struck me when I’ve seen parents reprimanding their children in public that it is often the parents who seem more out of control than their children. The … Continue reading

February 10, 2020 · 2 Comments

A Diagram of Student Engagement Patterns from Ruby Jo Walker et al

I am indebted to Daniel Sobel for bringing this infographic to my attention. It was compiled by Ruby Jo Walker and associates and seeks to describe the range of levels … Continue reading

January 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Accommodating Difference

This from Manjula Raman, CEO Evangelist CHIEF KNOWLEDGE OFFICER AND PEDAGOGIST: This picture was drawn by an autistic kid and her buddy with the caption I want to fly i … Continue reading

December 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Though For The Day: Challenging Behaviour

We forget this at our peril. Thank you to Dr Tina Rae for sharing this timely reminder about behaviour, and what it tells us, if only we would listen and … Continue reading

December 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Children with Sensory Disorders – The Signs Are There If We Look Closely

Children with sensory disorders exhibit consistent patterns of behaviours. As teachers we may not observe the pattern or join the dots of the behaviour into a pattern. Thanks again to … Continue reading

December 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Commoditising Children: The link between exclusion and social ills as reported by Barnardo’s

One of the by products of the move to academisation in England has been the growth in the number of students at risk of, or experiencing exclusion. Prior to the … Continue reading

October 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

Debunking the Dyslexia / IQ Myth

In other recent posts I’ve outlined the changes in definition of differences in learning brought about by neuroscience research. Increasingly, the traditional deficit descriptions applied to children who did not … Continue reading

October 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

Calm the Chaos: Beneath the Surface of Misbehaviour

Reproduced with the kind permission of: Calm the Chaos Workshop.com It has been noted elsewhere that in their absence of choice and compliance culture, the use of uniform and uniformity, … Continue reading

October 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Corporal Punishment: A Riposte

Having grown up in the education system when corporal punishment was widespread, I know the negative messages and damage it could do.  Being something of a ‘goody two shoes’ in … Continue reading

September 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

Mothers with ‘controlling voice’ fail to persuade teenagers | BBC News

Mothers who talk to their teenage children in a “controlling tone of voice” are more likely to start an argument than get a positive response, according to researchers. The Cardiff … Continue reading

September 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Empowering Students to Curb Bullying | Edutopia

Standing up to bullying can be frightening, but students can use these low-risk strategies to support peers who are bullied. Read the article here: Empowering Students to Curb Bullying | … Continue reading

September 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

8 Proactive Classroom Management Tips for New Teachers | Edutopia

New teachers — and experienced ones too — can find ideas here on how to stop disruptive behavior before it begins. In the 1950s, psychologists Jacob Kounin and Paul Gump … Continue reading

September 4, 2019 · 2 Comments

Helping to Develop Emotional Intelligence: ‘I Feel’ – Emotional Word Wheel

The ‘I Feel’ – Emotional Word Wheel above gives a graphical representation of the range of moods that may be exhibited by a child and each element of the wheel give … Continue reading

August 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

15+ Strategies to Help Build Self-Regulation Skills

Source: 15+ Strategies to Help Build Self-Regulation Skills

August 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

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