Category Archives: Behaviour

Suffer the Consequences

In life, as in school, there are consequences for the wrong kind of behaviour. Or at least there are if you get caught. Imagine this: you’re driving along the motorway and for once it is empty. The weather is good, … Continue reading

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A Perfectly Reasonable Excuse

This is a true story. A few years ago, our house got hit by lightning in the middle of the night. The lightning set fire to the electrical system, and there was a serious fire. The hallway was filled with … Continue reading

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We All Line Up

There are many reasons why we need to use routines in our teaching spaces. Routines are a helpful ‘shorthand’ for getting things done quickly and efficiently. Routines help us ensure that the children are safe, and that there is a … Continue reading

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Uniform-(ity)

When I was a kid, we didn’t have much money. So when I started at secondary school, and they brought in a smart new green wool expensive blazer, I got to wear my sister’s old blue nylon one instead. Maybe this … Continue reading

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Back to the Future

I went to school in the 1970’s. Some people say this was the time when it all went wrong. When state schools became all fluffy and child centred, when they renounced the traditional methods. Perhaps I just went to the … Continue reading

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Informed Consent

Teacher: You’re going to do your baseline test now, Charlie. Charlie: Why? Teacher: Because we need data. Charlie: What’s data? Teacher: It’s something we can use to measure systems. To see if they are efficient. [There is a pause.] Teacher: Think of it … Continue reading

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When I’m Not in the Room

MCQ 1. The word ‘obedience’ is … (a) indicative of an old-fashioned, paternalistic attitude to children;                                           (b) a missed … Continue reading

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Crime and Punishment

“So, I’m driving along the motorway, and I’m going 85 miles an hour. And hey, I know that technically I’m breaking the law, but look everyone else is doing it. And the rule is stupid anyway. I’m a good driver … Continue reading

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Marshmallows

To learn something, you have to focus on it. You have to engage your eyes, your fingers, your body, your mind. You have to get on and do it. Young children engage instinctively, with the right encouragement. They play, explore … Continue reading

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Bringing the Learning to Life

‘Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.’ Anton Chekhov If I tell you, I run the risk that (a) you won’t actually be listening, (b) you won’t really understand what I … Continue reading

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