Web Savvy Senior Citizens

In November 2011, Esther Rantzen wrote an article, published in the Telegraph, in which she says that Old Folk need to get Web Wise.  She rightly says that consumers are penalised for not buying goods and services online.  Many services are cheaper if you use online banking rather than the old fashioned paper methods such as sending a cheque.  It's also possible to shop around to get cheaper tariffs for gas and electricity.  Sometimes there are special rates if purchased from the website.  The article goes on to say "Esther is concerned that the over 65s are being left out of pocket by a culture that values the use of technology and penalises brand loyalty."


These are not the only ways that our older generations are missing out.  How many of us have a lovely Granny or Grandad...

9 tips that work well for learners in FE

If you're a teacher in Further Education, you might be interested to see these points, which were taken from an LSDA Research report (Learning and Skills Development Agency) entitled “What works for learners 14-16”.  The results were drawn from case studies of provision in six further education colleges.  The research was conducted in 2004, but nothing has changed!

  1.  Being treated like adults, feeling valued and respected

  2. A learning environment which is different from school

  3. A learning environment which is free of intimidation and humiliation

  4. Practice, hands-on experience, having a go at things

  5. Constructive working relationships with their peers

  6. Building wider social relationships

  7. Working alone at their own pace, with friendly support

  8. Developing independence

  9. Learning more about the “outside world”


6 ways to cause disruption in your own classroom

6 ways to cause disruption in your own classroom 

  1. Sigh and huff

  2. Use sarcastic language

  3. Shout across the room to gain attention

  4. Keep your scowl firmly in place

  5. Mention all the negatives and none of the positives

  6. Make empty threats of disciplinary action

Poor teaching: short shrift

I can’t fail to feel ever-so-slightly relieved to read the Telegraph article referring to Mr Gove’s intention to give Headteachers the power to remove poor teachers within a term. As a school governor, a teacher, and a parent of teenagers, I do feel in a position to make some judgments about what I see and hear.

Fact: Teachers have a challenging job. Nobody (unless they’ve been a teacher) can possibly comprehend the need to be at the top of your game on a daily basis. The smallest of chinks in your confidence, knowledge and personal skills can be chipped away by the pupils, particularly in secondary education. This means that teaching isn’t just about subject knowledge, a teacher needs to be capable in many areas. A personable approach, positive attitude, patience, subject knowledge and exciting pedagogy will bring about some outstanding...

Listen, listen, listen – classroom management

Young people who experience behavioural, emotional and social disabilities (BESD) are constantly overwhelmed by feelings they cannot understand and impulses they cannot control.  They may not be able to articulate their feelings and impulses and instead show anger and distress if they feel overlooked or that nobody is listening to their point of view.

If low level disruption in the classroom has resulted in you issuing an instruction to stop the behaviour/noise/lack of work, check how you do this.  You might loudly reprimand the young person, who then attempts to defend themselves.  Your efforts to bring order back to the classroom may include interrupting their defence “I don’t want to hear what you have to say…”  “You’ve said enough/I’ve heard enough, now go and sit down..”  “Stop making excuses…”   etc.

The trigger is pulled, the...

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