Category Archives: Behaviour

Navigate the World

It’s muddy in the forest So we have to wear our boots. That’s the way you do it! First right foot and then left foot. The forecast is for rain So we’ll wear coveralls for luck. And pack up our … Continue reading

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The Power

“Just give me, give me, give me the power And I’ll make them bleed” Suede I’m a big fan of silence in classrooms for when teachers are teaching, when children are writing, or when a student is addressing the whole … Continue reading

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Tread Softly

But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams. W. B. Yeats In the summer of 2016, we were staying at the children’s grandparents’ house … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Cities

Once upon a time there were two cities, which sat on either side of a wide river plain, with a yellow river running like a cross of gold between them. The city on the south side of the river was … Continue reading

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Faultlines

The subject of the relationship between teaching and learning, and behaviour, is so fraught, tangled and complex that I hesitate even to talk about it. Notions of blame and responsibility quickly get wound up together, and before you know it, … Continue reading

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Do What They Told Ya

“And now you do what they told ya, now you’re under control” Killing In The Name Rage Against the Machine It must be very frustrating for the DfE (and its ‘behaviour tsar’) to find that teachers still “argue … whether … Continue reading

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The Pause, The Look, and The Deadly Eyebrow

One of the odd things about being a teacher is that your teaching behaviours can begin to bleed over into your home life. You act a lot at work so you find yourself doing it when you’re not being paid … Continue reading

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