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How Teachers Can Balance Friendliness With Firmness | Edutopia

By setting clear expectations for behaviour early on, teachers can have fun with their students without losing control of their classrooms. In my two decades plus of teaching middle school … Continue reading

September 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

How to Set Up a ‘No Points Off for Late Work’ Policy | Edutopia

A look at how one teacher adjusted her policies to encourage learners to turn in quality assignments, even if they were late. Ultimately, my students and I both appreciated the … Continue reading

May 11, 2022 · Leave a comment

Guiding Students to Develop a Clear Understanding of Their Phone Use | Edutopia

Banning cell phones from classrooms can backfire, but teachers can help students think critically about this addictive technology. It can also be tempting for schools to consider large-scale phone bans. … Continue reading

April 27, 2022 · Leave a comment

Stopping the School to Prison Pipeline

I found this infographic chilling in the starkness with which it presents a common picture that readers in the US and the UK would recognise. Whilst the education system is … Continue reading

April 13, 2022 · Leave a comment

Mobile phone ban plan to improve school behaviour | BBC News

Mobile phone bans and other ways to create “calm classrooms” are to be considered to help improve discipline in England’s schools. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said he wants to make … Continue reading

June 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

Why Shaming Children to Change Their Behaviour Doesn’t Work

I have a long and detailed memory and can remember the few occasions on which my behaviour brought forth a rebuke from a teacher. Perhaps the most embarrassing occasion was … Continue reading

December 7, 2020 · Leave a comment

Behaviour Management: Looking Below the Surface and Acting the Adult

If classroom management is seen in essentially adversarial terms, then learning will be the first casualty. The desire of the teacher to impose their will on a class of thirty … Continue reading

September 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Three Pathways to Learning Transformation in Schools: Part 1: Identifying the Problems

From November 2019: Flagship city school rapped and downgraded by Ofsted for ‘removing’ pupils ahead of GCSE exams | Birmingham Live Holte School in Lozells was one of a number … Continue reading

February 3, 2020 · 1 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

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

The Nature of Your Students

In the whole of my teaching career I think I came across two students whose behaviour was beyond the pale consistently and persistently. This made them a frustrating challenge to … Continue reading

March 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Metacognition: Executive Functions and Learning

Rather than monitoring a child’s learning by what they know in terms of knowledge, early years teachers tend to focus on the child’s ability to learn independently and these executive … Continue reading

March 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sabotaging Your Own Classroom!

These are all pretty effective ways to undermine your work in the classroom… usually it takes years to appreciate this. Middle school veteran Jennifer Gonzalez identifies 10 ineffective habits new … Continue reading

January 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Classroom Rules… Some Reasons Not to Have Them by David Tow | Edutopia

I’ve always thought the way forward is the self-regulated classroom where the rules come not from discipline enforced on the students, but from self-discipline displayed by them. This also highlights … Continue reading

November 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Important Advice for the New Academic Year

September 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

Why Restorative Practices Benefit All Students | Edutopia

Punitive discipline can be harmful and unfair—restorative practices offer hopeful solutions. Did you know that a significant percentage of the achievement gap between students of color and white students is … Continue reading

August 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: No Comment!

July 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Neural State and Student Emotional Behaviour

I remember wading into quite a serious fight at school and having to separate the antagonists and make a quick assessment of their emotional states so as to decide who … Continue reading

July 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

25 Attention-Getters to Calm A Noisy Classroom | Education to the Core

As teachers, we know the value of having good attention getters to quiet noisy classrooms. I have always wanted a comprehensive list of all of the best attention getters in … Continue reading

July 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Behaviour: What’s Below the Surface

I’ve always believed that what constitutes poor student behaviour has reasons. If you can understand the reasons which bring on the behaviour, you might have as chance of modifying it. … Continue reading

June 26, 2018 · 2 Comments

Supporting Students With Chronic Trauma | Edutopia

An American investigation into how to de-escalate negative behaviour patterns in young people. Sadly too many colleagues are having to address this issue which is affecting too many students! De-escalation … Continue reading

May 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

Potential Signs of a Sensory Processing Disorder in Learners

This goes under the heading  of looking for patterns in behaviours…

April 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Behavioural Intentions and Functions

All behaviours are trying to reach a defined objective. Some behavioural strategies are effective and some less so – but they are all defined by their end. I’ve had this … Continue reading

April 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

Attention Please! Getting on Task

You may be surprised at what I am going to share with you today, but it has serious focus and purpose. It has been traditional to think of the teacher … Continue reading

April 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

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