I took a different tube today. It was a slightly earlier one than I normally get. Jubilee Line. It was 8.30am when I got on at West Ham and packed: prime time for those Essex commuters to be getting into for work at Canary Wharf, London Bridge and Waterloo. Apart from being slightly more crushed … Continue reading Tube Ruminations
This is probably a slightly misleading title. There's no way I could cover everything teachers could learn from social workers in just one sitting. But there are a few fundamental things. I'm going to make a few generalisations in the course of this post. Please rest assured I do not believe all social workers are … Continue reading What teachers can learn from social workers.
So it has been a roller coaster of a few months with ups, downs and a near constant speed that makes you feel slightly giddy. Everything in my life seemed to climax in May whilst I am still getting to grips with a new job. The last two weeks have been tough, I have been … Continue reading Ready for Half Term!
So following from my second observation, I need to revisit my use of questions. This is something that has been picked up in both my Big Teach for my level 3 and in both of the observations for my PGCE so far. It's one of those things where you kinda get the principles but putting … Continue reading Questioning
Nope. And we probably never will be. There are some key things I need to work on. Again the curse of one-shot sessions is the lack of name recognition. Throughout my many different jobs and pastimes, I know the value of knowing people’s names and the connection this can create. This is something I need … Continue reading Are we there yet?
Of course in many ways the term “pro-social classroom management” can seem a bit of a misnomer. No teacher ever set out to create an “anti-social learning environment” surely? But this draws back to our own values and beliefs regarding what is pro-social and anti-social, and if this necessarily coincides with our notions of good … Continue reading So what does creating a pro-social classroom look like?
This is a blog post long in the writing. I have sat down several times to try and write about behaviour management but so far the swirling mass of what I want to say doesn’t seem to have a starting point or an end point or a structured and coherent body. Sometimes I wonder if … Continue reading Behaviour Management