Yearly Archives: 2018

Assertiveness and nasty explosions

Many teachers recognise that their pattern of behaviour is to be nice or compliant for far longer than they really want, until they reach...

Being Assertive

Assertiveness is not saying the same thing over and over (the 'broken record') neither is it continually stepping into confrontations with students. We know...

Visual Timelines

Click to download a copy of the Visual Timeline It’s 3.30pm on a Monday afternoon, and you’re in a meeting. A meeting that you have...

Running and learning #4: Progress is Tough

*Note: Mental Health Awareness day was on Wednesday 10 October.  Progress is hard. I came last in the bleep test and I didn’t improve my 5km...

Running and Learning #3: Cover Lesson

I was absolutely delighted. Cover lesson! Trainer Neil was unable to lead our Tuesday session. He was aware of a conflicting commitment so spoke...

Redirection techniques

(A Tip for Teaching and Learning Support Assistants) Students who have spent many years with learning support often have advanced strategies for avoiding work. You...

Running and Learning #2: Extra Tuition

I’ve got an extra trainer. Mum was so devastated when I missed my MEG by 10 minutes that she is willing to pay the...

Running and Learning #1: I have a MEG

I have a goal. I don’t call it a MEG but that is essentially what it is. I have a MEG of completing a...

Establishing routines early

The beginning of the school year is the best time to institute new routines for your students.  Don't negotiate them, but decide on the...

Don’t just get down, get way down!

It is often said that getting down to students' eye level is important when delivering praise or sanctions to students. This can often be...

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