Learning in 2017

Some of the things I’ve learned/ realised this year about teaching. In no particular order:

  • Saying ‘just two more students to start working’ is more effective than naming those students.
  • Teach Like A Champion is a wonderfully helpful book, even though I think the name of it is terrible. For me this year, the section on routines has been hugely helpful.
  • Rote Learning, memorisation, and procedural learning are essential to the learning process.
  • Progressive ideology was at the heart of my PGCE.
  • Having an entrance routine for all students is beneficial.
  • SLANT is a useful summary of good student behaviours in class.
  • Teachers provide a wonderful service for society; we should demand respect.
  • Silence should be expected whenever a teacher wants it.
  • Modelling the hardest work is important.
  • I have 3 modes to my teaching: assertive authoritative/ too relaxed and jokey/ irate. Clearly assertive authoritative is the one to be in 100% of the time. I’m in it for about 70 to 80% of the time at the moment.
  • Warm and strict is a good way to think about the demeanor of strong teachers.
  • Having very high expectations of students results in some students (the ones who are not used to being called to account for poor behaviour) complaining.
  • The vast majority of kids and parents want strong discipline. I have been supported a lot by parents this year, and have had kids seek me out to apologise for their behaviour
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