The ‘teacher stare’ or ‘death look’ is rated highly for a reason – it works. Using this and other eye contact techniques are devastatingly simple and will elevate your pupils’ respect.… Read More Tip #18: Supercharge your eye contact (and teacher stare).
Social relationships between pupils can make or break your positive class climate. Discover your class’ power pupils and what makes them tick through a little detective work.… Read More Tip #15: Understand the power pupils.
Unless you explain your expectations, it’s wrong to assume that pupils will accept them. … Read More Tip #10: Explain why bad behaviour is bad.
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.
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.
Classroom Climatology – a blog about building positive relationships that encourage learning.… Read More Lighting fires without getting burnt: introducing the Classroom Climatology blog.