Month: November 2013

What do I do when my students……

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Here are two questions raised at a recent training day, together with suggested solutions from the collective group.
What should I do when:

 

Students 'blank' the teacher

Remind students of the ground rules around "Respect"

Mirror the behaviour (NB use with caution, may begin the conflict cycle)

Isolate the negative behaviour by organising group work with engaged learners

Ask them a question

Be sympathetic – show that you've noticed they're having a bad day 

Students answer questions when it's not their turn

 

Nominate questions

Request hands up

If some answers for someone else, they must answer the next 5 questions

Learner answers questions until a correct answer, then move to next learners

 

Working with learners who have mental ill-health

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Mental Ill-Health
There's a lot of stigma attached to mental ill-health, even though it's not as uncommon as you might think.  As a teacher or LSA working with teenagers you could possibly be working with students who have a number of different mental illnesses, such as

  • Depression
  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Eating disorders

...... to name a few!  I work closely with a mental health expert, and there are some things which she has shared with me, are good to know.

The term ‘mental illness’ is generally used when someone experiences significant changes in their thinking, feelings or behaviour.  The changes need to be bad enough to affect how the person functions or to cause distress to them or to other people.

The terms ‘mental health problem’ and ‘mental disorder’ have a similar meaning.

If a person has always had a problem in their thinking, feeling or behaviour, then this is not usually called mental illness.  It may...

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