Classroom Management strategy – How to get any class quiet in 15 seconds or less

This is a very simple classroom management strategy taken from my main classroom management title, ‘Take Control of the Noisy Class.’ I often used this in class when I was a teacher, and now use at seminars and workshops to demonstrate the power of giving students responsibility for their own behaviour. Not only can this technique get a rowdy group of students quiet in as little as...

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Six ways to get students to follow instructions

Issuing clear instructions is about ensuring that we communicate the right message to our students in the right way, so as to minimise confusion and confrontation and to maximise the chances of us getting the behaviour we want.

Here are 6 ways to ensure your students will follow your instructions:

1. Give clear instructions in a calm, assertive manner

There are lots of reasons why we...

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The secret to making your lessons more appealing and engaging

communication engagement Sep 09, 2019

I like to use an analogy that simplifies the task of engaging students considerably – I call it the ‘emotion rucksack’. If you’re faced with students dragging their heels and groaning as they walk up the corridor towards your classroom, it’s obvious they have already made up their minds that the lesson is going to be something they have to endure rather than...

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7 tips to manage pupils who have no interest in your lesson

behaviour engagement Aug 06, 2019

A student who has no interest in lessons and a negative attitude towards anything you say and do can have a terrible impact on the rest of the class. But what you must remember is that this student probably wants to succeed – most do deep down, it’s just that he has all but given up due to a succession of failures, discouragement and low self image. It may take time to reach...

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The number one secret to effective classroom management

classroom management Aug 01, 2019

After 25 years of working with emotionally damaged and ‘difficult’ children, I’ve come to the conclusion that there is just one true key to successful behaviour management. It really doesn’t matter how many ‘proven’ strategies you have in your arsenal because without this, your efforts will almost certainly come unstuck.

The secret ingredient, sadly...

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How to create a community in the classroom

communication engagement Jun 28, 2019

Students are most motivated when they feel they are part of a community in which they feel accepted and in which individuality is encouraged. By definition a community is a group of people who work with one another building a sense of trust, care, and support – kind of like a family. This means that in our classrooms, part of our job is to provide opportunities and structures by which...

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Five ways to make praise and encouragement more effective

achievement engagement Jun 22, 2019
Here are some ways of improving praise so that it creates the kind of positive changes you want to see in your challenging students.
  1. Make praise descriptive and specific

Real praise – the kind that actually makes a difference – comes from genuinely noticing when someone puts effort into something or has managed to complete something they wouldn’t normally manage to do and...

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How to avoid getting drawn into secondary behaviours and backchat

behaviour Jun 12, 2019

Whenever you have to issue a consequence to a student you will almost certainly provoke some eye rolling, muttering, complaining and other secondary behaviours. Don’t get drawn into these attempts to start an argument; it will escalate until either the student does something that will cause you more stress or you will explode and embarrass yourself. Either way you can’t win by...

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28 Time-Saving Tips for Teachers

  1. Create a block of time during free periods and other non-teaching time to handle paperwork. Schedule this in your planner and stick to it. Chatting with colleagues is an effective way to let off steam and relax but it is more enjoyable doing so when you’ve first got some paperwork out of the way. Get some books marked first, then chat. Or, if you prefer, mark the books at home – I...
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This ONE WORD Guarantees INSTANT Student Engagement

engagement Mar 01, 2018

Would you like to know about a teaching strategy you can use at the start of ANY lesson to gain instant engagement and participation from all your students?

I can sum this strategy up in just ONE WORD. And when you apply this word at the start of your lesson you are virtually guaranteed to hook your students straight away, get them interested and increase buy-in for the rest of your lesson...

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