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The Late – Absent – Withdrawn cycle

Managing Lateness to class.   Case study 1 – A day in the life YS, a “late” student

The learner who is late will be acutely aware that he is late and has yet to learn how to manage lateness to class.

He knows he will be asked to explain.  This may have happened once this week already because he woke late one morning, struggled to get out of bed and then his bus was a bit late.  He feels uncomfortable about the situation and wonders how he will be able to get away with it today.  He’s not sure whether the teacher will be on time, sometimes she isn’t.

If the teacher is on time, he knows he won’t know what’s happening in class because he’s missed the introduction.  He hopes the teacher is late.  He’s already a bit behind with his work because he didn’t know what he was...

Whispering and Texting in class

(And that's just the teachers......)

We can learn a lot from 5 year-olds. Due to being in an environment of predominantly 14 - 19 year olds (and adult learners) it’s easy to forget the easy, no-nonsense honesty that comes from these younger students. So when I observed a child asking a teacher why they were using their phone when in class, it struck a chord with me.

And I'll tell you why.

I am regularly in 'class' with a room full of teachers. You'd be surprised how many of them talk over me, use their phones arbitrarily, whisper to each other, and are generally off-task at times.

Why do you think this happens? Well I'm aware that sometimes it's a test; "What will she do" or "How will she deal with it".... but it's genuinely an interesting scenario, given that this low-level disruption is the one topic that I am asked about the...

Whispering and Texting

(And that’s just the teachers……)

We can learn a lot from 5 year-olds. Due to being in an environment of predominantly 14 – 19 year olds (and adult learners) it’s easy to forget the easy, no-nonsense honesty that comes from these younger students. So when I observed a child asking a teacher why they were using their phone when in class, it struck a chord with me.

And I’ll tell you why.

I am regularly in ‘class’ with a room full of teachers. You’d be surprised how many of them talk over me, use their phones arbitrarily, whisper to each other, and are generally off-task at times.

Why do you think this happens? Well I’m aware that sometimes it’s a test; “What will she do” or “How will she deal with it”…. but it’s genuinely an interesting scenario, given that this low-level disruption is the one topic that I am asked...

My students talk over me! (and other scenarios)

 

From a recent training day we highlighted some of the concerns of the participants, worked in groups to record the scenario, and each group offered strategies.

Here are the results:

What do I do when....

My learners are non-responsive?

  • Find out what their interests and hobbies are
  • Review the curriculum offer
  • Ask someone to come and observe the lesson to give you pointers
  • Check whether there are threats from other students (perhaps the student doesn’t feel safe)
  • Ensure differentiation is used in classroom activities
  • Ask them how they would like to adapt the activity


My students won’t remove their hoodies/hats in class?

  • Set ground rules and routines
  • Remind them of the rules
  • Find out what the hat/hoody symbolises to them (ie are they hiding?)
  • Find an accident clip on You Tube (health and safety)
  • Ensure teams of teachers have a consistent approach


The students talk over the teacher

  • Make a noise (bang a gong, sound box) to get their attention
  • Lower your voice
  • Use signals for quiet
  • Ask the...

Goalsetting – any fire in your belly?

Like many other people, at the start of the year I always like to set myself some targets, whether it’s to improve my health, give something up (ie wine, which I’m doing this month!), whether it’s to increase my written output, professional goals – you name it! 

But for 10 days now, as I have been driving to the office and thinking about goal-setting, I have been watching a man jogging.   He’s obviously just taken up this activity; he is larger than average size and weight, he hasn’t been going very fast, and to be honest it looks like it is a bit of an ordeal.  Also this man doesn’t wear what I would call special running gear, you know the kind of swaggy lycra neon look (or am I stuck in the 80s...). 

Anyway.... the first time I saw him he looked decidedly out of his comfort...

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