Consistency by @PeterCMannion

Name: Peter Mannion
Twitter name: @PeterCMannion
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable): History, Politics, Geography
Position: Teacher
What is your advice about? Consistency

1: Start building routines from the very start. Let them know what you want early on, set the boundaries – it means less work later on.

2: Be consistent in your setting of homework. You’re more able to spot non-completers if there’s a set lesson everyone’s supposed to hand it in.

3: Keep sanctions predictable. If talking during silent work is always 20 minutes after school; only the brave and the stupid will continue to do so.

4: Develop your marking style and stick to it. Whatever system you use, if students receive feedback in a familiar way they’re more likely to act on it.

5: Know when to break that consistency. Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.


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