Increased off-task behaviour, social loafing and a lack of social skills are the reasons group work so often fails. Meticulously planning your groups, building in accountability and training your pupils will get your collaborative learning back on track.… Read More Tip #19: Why your group work doesn’t work
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).
This infographic summarises the information on the post 13 ways your classroom sabotages learning.
Do you have unfit or overweight pupils in your class? Research shows they’re likely to underachieve. Brief, 15 minute bursts of high-intensity exercise more than pay you back in settled, efficient learning.… Read More Tip #17: High intensity training for high intensity learning.
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.
Tidy classrooms mean tidy minds but don’t do the work yourself. Let pictures do the talking and the pupils do the tidying.… Read More Tip #14: Tidy classroom for tidy minds: who has time?
Classroom displays promise so much but deliver so little. They take hours to make and steal the attention of your pupils. Put the promise back into your displays by simplifying and reducing them to the bare necessities.… Read More Tip 13: Tame the evils of your classroom displays.
How much do you really see when teaching? How many children do you miss when you do look? Knowing what to look for and where to do it from allows you to quickly halt behaviour issues and spot struggling pupils. Consider this quote about an experienced teacher: ‘After trying to give eye contact to students… Read More Tip #8: Become a classroom-management issue sharp-shooter.
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.