Fidget toys have got a bad rep but they work if you communicate your expectations clearly and enforce ruthlessly.… Read More Tip #7: Fidget toys: good. Poor expectations: bad.
Sit in every seat in your class to truly understand your pupils’ physical environment to enhance your learning climate.… Read More Tip #6: Sit in every seat to experience a pupil’s-eye view of your classroom.
Apologising after you’ve messed up in class can quickly restore trust if done correctly. The guidelines here should help.… Read More Tip #5 – Gain trust by apologising when you mess up in class.
‘If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.’ The origins of this quote are contentious with some attributing it to Mark Twain, Tony Robbins and Henry Ford amongst others, but the message is clear. Our predictable actions have predictable outcomes whereas adaptability can help deliver fresh results. British… Read More Is your classroom static? Flexible layouts for flexible learning. — Global Lessons on Learning
How creatively adapting traditional classroom designs and switching between layouts can promote student collaboration and excellent individual behaviour. via Rows vs Groups? Have your cake and eat it with creative planning. — Global Lessons on Learning
Using memorised ‘consistency scripts’ reinforce behaviour expectations and reduce time and stress when addressing issues.
Arranging your tables in individual or paired rows will reduce distraction and promote concentration and independence.… Read More Tip #3 – Rows beat groups for a focused, independent learning climate.
Micromanage wisely to develop trust and excellent outcomes in your class/… Read More Not a dirty word: micromanagement might be just what your class needs.
When a pupil’s behaviour isn’t what the class expect it, gently lean on the class to support your message. … Read More Tip #2: Pupil playing to the crowd? Try removing the audience.
What do you do if a pupil goes into a rage? Describing their body language to build awareness could defuse a tense situation.… Read More Tip #1: Upset pupil? Describe their body language to help them calm down.