Positive Behaviour Management by @MissMWrites

Name: May
Twitter name: @MissMWrites
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable): English
Position: RQT
What is your advice about? Positive Behaviour Management

  1. Treat every class like they are your favourite until they disappoint that expectation.
  2. Create a positive relationship with parents. Call home with positive messages; this is a lift for all involved.
  3. Reward those students who consistently meet your expectations. They can become easily forgotten.
  4. Maintain consistent routines and follow through with consequences.
  5. Be flexible where necessary. You can’t win all the battles.

Behaviour by @QuantumFront

Name: Quantum Front
Twitter name: @QuantumFront
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable):
Position: Head of Faculty
What is your advice about? Behaviour

  1. Hammer Y7 for everything. It’s money in the bank.
  2. Don’t try to be cool. You’re not, they don’t care and it won’t work.
  3. Greet at the door, saying hello to everyone with a smile.
  4. Relentlessly uphold your standards. It will work, but it will also take time.
  5. Strict doesn’t mean horrible: you should phone parents to praise as well as admonish.

Special education by @stam_liz

Name: Liz
Twitter name: @stam_liz
Sector: Secondary,Special school
Subject taught (if applicable): Maths
Position: Teacher
What is your advice about? Special education

  1. Smile and take time to know your students.
  2. Overplan – lots of different activities but don’t rush them so you don’t run out of things to do.
  3. Don’t get stuck on the diagnosis – each child is an individual who HAS a special need but they are far more than that. Use it to inform.
  4. Give the children time to process your instructions – some might need a few seconds to carry out what you ask.
  5. Don’t talk too much – words can get in the way so use symbols, clear language and different activities to get your point across.

Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself by @JessicaDPollock

Name: Jessica Pollock
Twitter name: @JessicaDPollock
Sector: Primary
Subject taught (if applicable):
Position: Class Teacher
What is your advice about? Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself

  1. Your class will get messy.
  2. You will fall behind on marking at times.
  3. You will forget to organise resources for a lesson and have to wing it.
  4. You will realise you’ve only done spelling once this week and wouldn’t like to admit to the last time you taught French.
  5. You’re in a job with a never ending to-do list so keep a ‘done list’ to keep perspective. This job is like a garden, never perfect or ‘finished’ but manageable, and worth it.