Approaching the new academic year?
When I was teaching full time, the end of August would draw near and the self talk in my head used to say “I can’t just do the same this year, I need to make some changes…” but the overwhelm arrived all too soon and often I lost the opportunity to refocus from a place of rest after the summer hols.
Whether you’re feeling a bit ‘meh’ or you’re ready for the new term and want to get into the head space needed to land with your running shoes on, this is for you.
During the Five Days to Focus challenge we're covering a splendid array of topics in 5 sections (across 5 days!) including reflection and goal setting. It's ABSOLUTELY FREE to join in, so there's no reason not to!
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A number of our courses take shape in the form of a webinar or video.
Why is that?
From both anecdotal evidence and scientific research we know that information is more easily absorbed with dual coding. Put simply, dual coding means that your brain can store more information in more areas of your brain. (See this video for a great explanation).
“While traditional training tools such as lectures, documents, and PowerPoint presentations may appear to be effective at getting information across, comprehension tests show that much of that information is quickly forgotten. In contrast, video is a visually stimulating medium that boosts training content by upping viewer engagement and improving the learner’s ability to comprehend concepts and details and remember them longer...”
We also know that after a long day in the classroom, watching a video can be less taxing. You may...
In her book Getting the Buggers to Behave , Sue Cowley talks about many aspects leading to student misbehaviour. She describes the ‘Cardinal Sins’, unintentionally shown towards students, by some teachers. Possibly ALL teachers at some time or another (after all, you’re only human) .....
It’s easy to say that the golden rule is to be consistent, but there are days when your students might be getting the better of you, and you fall into the trap of behaving in a way which is incongruent with the behaviour you’d like to see.
This is especially true of life in FE, where students will test you while they travel the bumpy terrain from youth to adult.
But if you recognise any of the...
The recent publicity around the blanket ban on fidget cubes and spinners in class at some schools has caused me to send a silent wave of sympathy to anyone who knows a learner with ADHD. Or in fact any young person who is fabulously wriggly for no particular reason in every given environment (but particularly the classroom).
The fidget cubes and spinners were designed to enable an outlet for restlessness (or boredom) which is often a side effect of ADHD. But the resultant ‘craze’ of these amongst school children, and subsequent ban, has been rather detrimental to those 6% of pupils who could really benefit from using them.
In January 2017 I wrote a blog An ADHD Agony – Fidgeting in Class which gave a short scenario of a real-life pupil who needs to fidget.
Research has shown that people...
3 Simple Steps to Bring Calm into your Classroom
Running a classroom is like baking a cake. The process of managing behaviour successfully has many components which require careful consideration and the correct proportions. You make a lesson plan, add all of the learning ingredients and hope the results are a success. But I know the outcome isn’t always rainbows and butterflies, the ability to strive and constantly stay on top doesn’t always prevail, leaving you hungry for the calm which you deserve.
So let’s break this down and provide you with 3 simple steps to get the behaviour of your students on track again!