It is really easy to think about what you are going to do if a student is misbehaving in your lesson but what about if they are doing brilliantly or have dramatically improved. It is really important that we make sure we are also rewarding good behaviour, in fact this is probably more important than reprimanding the poor behaviour. As Benjamin Franklin once said "a spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar."
Today is World Book Day and I have a snow day so I can't go into school in fancy dress as I had originally planned so I decided that I would write a blog post about it instead. For those of you who don't know World Book Day is celebrated once a year with an aim of encouraging young people to read more. Each year schools receive £1 book tokens for every child that they can use to either by a £1 book or put towards a young persons fiction book at £2.50, these are full novels. Go over to the World Book Day website for the full list of books but some of the titles include Mr Men, Paddington and a Nadiya baking book.
I recently went for an interview where I was asked what I thought was meant by a fully inclusive classroom. For the interview I had to do a 5 minute presentation to people who already worked in a brilliant SEN department to share what I thought, so I thought I would also share that here as well.
GCSE and A Level exam time is fast approaching and if you are a teacher students in your school will soon be ready to sit their exam. This is also a really difficult time for parents who are trying to support their child to revise and to help them plan their time. I wanted to write this post to help with some revision ideas and advise that are generic to any subject and then I will also add some Maths specific advice.
Planning your time
Students should be aiming to do do 15 - 20 hours revision per week between now and their exams, however this should not be done in one solid revision session. The need to ensure that they are having a break of 5 minutes after every 25 minute session. I have a revision planner that is available to download for free with an aim to look at 3 subjects per day. These can be broken up with other activities in between and it is really important to include time to do those in order to reduce stress (exercise is great for that!). Head over to this page to download your planner and get started! Tutoring and Revision.
My degree was Psychology with Child Studies and during it I learnt a lot of different theories of learning one of which was Constructivism and Social Constructivism. This is not something that can work in every lesson for my subject, Maths however I have found some great opportunities to use it and I am going to explain how this is done.
First a bit of background information, Constructivism is the theory that rather than the learning of knowledge being teacher lead we actually use our own previous knowledge and build on it to enable learning to take place. Social Constructivism is building on previous knowledge with a group so you are discovering and learning together. The teacher therefore facilitates the discussions so that students are finding the information themselves then applying it to see if it confirms what they originally thought.
The seating plan is something that I have just changed in my classroom. I have read lots of articles and posts from other teachers about what works best and different ideas. I tried four different ways before I found my favourite. Today I'm going to tell you about each one i tried, what I thought about it and why then let you know which I settled on.
I am a Maths teacher working in the UK. My blog started in February 2018 and I am using it to share ideas to help you in the classroom and to improve your work life balance. I also have some free course and resource along with my new tutoring agency.