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Children’s wellbeing?

An article in Guardian Education about recent changes to Ofsted's framework struck a chord http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/jan/16/children-wellbeing-schools, stating that "…..the word "wellbeing", which ran like a river through the previous Ofsted framework, has disappeared".

Although  I don't believe that Ofsted has consigned children's happiness to the bin, it's impossible to escape the fact that observations and grading are moving further away from the 'experience' and ever more towards the 'results'.

Some pupils and students will never be able to show how much they know when they are tested in controlled conditions.  Exams are not always the way to measure success, which is why vocational learning suits so many young people whose behaviour has lost them a place in education.  For those, the learning 'experience' has been stressful and intolerable and has left them feeling angry and resentful that they can't be like 'normal' learners.

 

Let's hope it doesn't get any worse than it is. ...

What Does Time Management Mean To You?

Time Management means so many things to different people. To my children it means wangling a later bedtime, to my mother it means filling the rainy days and dark evenings with puzzles and television.  To me it means "How can I gain more leisure hours while still working productively"

 

Later bedtime

It never ceases to amaze me how many procrastination techniques my young teens can display. In fact my daughter has been well practised since she was about 4 years old.  I've tried to get the whole thing started earlier, but she will still wander downstairs to get a drink, warm up her water bottle, sort out her school bag etc.  So her time management is all about staying up late.

 

Filling rainy days

Our senior citizens have many hours of leisure time on their hands, but not always with plenty of activities to enthuse them.  My 73 year old mother absolutely blooms between...

Defusing classroom conflict

Yesterday I shared a document I recently found which summarised points from a training session with college LSAs.   We were examining how our own behaviours can have a real impact on the behaviour in class.  In particular, we discussed how some of our own actions can actually create conflict or defuse conflict.  Those who believe that we all have the power to bring incidents from hot to cool are those who are most successful at it.   Gaining knowledge and skills are all part of securing that belief.

The activity, shared with me by a former colleague who had previously attended some behaviour training from Dave Vizard (www.behaviourmatters.com), was contextualised for the classroom.

Summary points from the activity:   List 3 ways in which you could defuse conflict

  • By staying calm
  • By listening
  • Treating everyone as an individual with different abilities/needs
  • By not getting defensive or aggressive
  • By not raising your voice
  • ...

Creating Classroom Conflict

I’ve just found a document from a training session with college LSAs.   We were examining how our own behaviours can have a serious impact on the behaviour of others.  In particular, we discussed how some of our own actions can actually create conflict.  Sometimes we can bring our own brand of inappropriate behaviour to a situation, and then wonder why things become heated.

The activity, shared with me by a former colleague who had previously attended some behaviour training from Dave Vizard (www.behaviourmatters.com), was contextualised for the classroom.

Summary points from the activity:

Activity:               List 3 ways in which you could create conflict

  • Bad body language
  • Verbal put downs
  • Consistently interrupting the other person
  • Humiliate students by comparing them
  • By ignoring or excluding students
  • Criticising students in front of peers
  • Belittle or embarrass a student
  • Taking inappropriate remarks from SEN learners personally and reacting angrily
  • Label the person (ie “you always do that”  “you never listen”)
  • Make personal remarks (ie “you are...

Black Monday? Terrific Tuesday

I love Tuesdays.  It's the day when I know exactly where I'm going to be and with whom.  As a freelance consultant that's quite a luxury, but on Tuesdays I spend all day at a large Further Education college where I work with learners who face considerable barriers to their ongoing education.

 

Having 'stepped off the edge' in 2010 from a life of teaching and managing a behavioural support department, I spent very little time with learners for 6 months.  On it's own that might not seem to be a problem, but spending time in classrooms with learners who have their fair share of behaviour issues has become a way of life, and one which I missed.

 

Mostly I work with teachers and classroom assistants, sharing strategies and pedagogy for a positive and calm classroom.  ADHD – Teaching and Support Techniques in the Classroom | Can Do Courses

 

So in between this...

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