Name: Gemma Cornwall
Twitter name: @IrascibleBabble
Subject taught (if applicable): Computer Science & Economics
What is your advice about? Happiness
1: Your students won’t be happy if you are miserable. Don’t let whatever happened in the last hour’s lesson/meeting influence your behaviour towards your next class.
2: Happy kids are more willing to learn. Spend the first couple of minutes asking about stuff they care about.
3: Positive reinforcement creates a much happier atmosphere. Even the ‘too cool for school’ kids secretly love stickers.
4: Learn how much banter you can get away with whilst still maintaining control of your class.
5: If you are known as a happy teacher, kids will want to do a lot more for you than the miserable old bag down the corridor.