Name: Nick Hague
Twitter name: @educationbear
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Position: Associate Headteacher
What is your advice about? Teacher Voice – What are you saying?
1: In the classroom, make sure you say what you mean & mean what you say – being consistent is at the heart of what we do. Less is often more and can offer the children clarity.
2: In a staff meeting, contribute because you have something worth saying – the loudest or most frequently heard voices are not always saying useful things!
3: In the staffroom, relax, chat but each staffroom is different – avoid existing internal politics (if you can and want to) – listen a lot at first and establish relationships.
4: In corridors, talk copying, trim paper & cut out letters but turn the volume down sometimes or go somewhere else – overheard chats can be misunderstood especially by children or parents!
5: In the pub, buy a round, hum that song (later it’ll be karaoke) or munch your way through the crisps … but what is said in the pub doesn’t always stay in the pub!