Good Habits by @DoWise

Name: Douglas Wise
Twitter name: @DoWise
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable): English
Position: Head of Department
What is your advice about? Good Habits

  1. Create seating plans: don’t allow students to choose where they sit.
  2. Be in your classroom before each lesson begins and greet students at the door.
  3. Have work books and resources on the desks, ready to use, at the start of the lesson.
  4. Log all behavioural incidents, good and bad.
  5. Keep your classroom tidy.

Classroom Organisation by @Reach2A

Name: REAch2 NQT Group (East Anglia)
Twitter name: @Reach2A
Sector: Primary
Position: NQT
What is your advice about? Classroom Organisation

  1. Always think ahead.
  2. Once books are marked for the first lesson on the next day, set up the books on the tables. This saves time in the morning and means your class is always tidy and prepared.
  3. Children love to help the teacher out – always give them the responsibility to hand out books, collect sheets, tidy the cloakroom, etc.
  4. Be fluid with seating plans. Moving children and groups sizes on a regular basis keeps the children on their toes.
  5. Always leave your classroom/desk tidy at the end of the day.

Instructional Routines by @davidwees

Name: David Wees
Twitter name: @davidwees
Sector: Early Years,Primary,Secondary,Special school
Subject taught (if applicable): Math
Position: Formative Assessment Specialist
What is your advice about? Instructional Routines

  1. Establish instructional routines for teaching math.
  2. Use one of these instructional routines everyday until you and your become completely fluent in the steps of the routine.
  3. Use routines other people have invented already and ideally ones which you have experienced directly yourself. There’s no reason to re-invent teaching everyday.
  4. Make sure that the routines offer you opportunities every time you use them to see how your students understand the math that day.
  5. Once you and your students become fluent in the steps, test different decisions within the routine and see what happens. Find a colleague to talk about this work with you.

Reflecting on practice by @mistermarci

Name: Mister Marci
Twitter name: @mistermarci
Sector: Primary
Subject taught (if applicable): Anything/Everything
Position: Teacher/SLT
What is your advice about? Reflecting on practice

  1. Record: Find a notebook, preferably handwritten, and choose a pen you enjoy writing with. Write down initial thoughts on lessons/events/days/theory.
  2. Read: Write until you have exhausted the inner monologue natter: serve the unconscious mind. Then stop. When ready, sit back and read back your unconscious ramblings.
  3. Edit: Make the page bleed: take a red pen (other colours are available) and cross out; filter; add; adapt any – or all – of it. Then read it back.
  4. Focus: Select an area that stands out. Did certain elements or techniques work? Have you identified one area of your practice that you can minimise and make more effective?
  5. Repeat: Ideally daily. Make it part of your ritual. You don’t have to blog or share it, but thousands see value in doing so.

Routines by @Rory_Gribbell

Name: Rory Gribbell
Twitter name: @Rory_Gribbell
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable): Maths
Position: Maths Teacher
What is your advice about? Routines

  1. Entry routines help set the tone for the lesson. It is worth spending time practicing your entry routine with a new class.
  2. Exit routines (putting books and resources away) are vital. Efficient and ordered exit routines give you more time to teach.
  3. Check for 100% compliance with entry routine. Dealing with non-compliance early in the lesson is a powerful example of your high expectations.
  4. Time your exit routines for greater efficiency and fun. My Y7/8s love trying to beat their time and the (sometimes concocted) Y11 times.
  5. You can always go back to your routines and tighten them up. Demonstrating your unwaveringly high expectations will be of benefit in the long run.

Effective use of seating plans by @udagawasensei

Name: Kenichi Udagawa
Twitter name: @udagawasensei
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable): RE
Position: Teacher
What is your advice about? Effective use of seating plans

  1. Create a simple seating plan (name and M/F) that is easy to glance at (large font) so you can quickly read students’ names in the flow of a lesson.
  2. Don’t be afraid to refer to your seating plan throughout a lesson to recall student names. You’ll remember them eventually, but you won’t if you don’t use names at all.
  3. If you print off a copy of your seating plan (or display it in an app on your tablet) you can scribble notes on it for you to act on later – e.g. ‘No HW’).
  4. If you are leaving cover work, print off a copy of your seating plan. The cover teacher will thank you endlessly.
  5. Add useful info such as lesson times and your SLT duty rota etc to the seating plan so you can refer to that info quickly in a lesson.

Your first lesson – Seating Plan by @Miss_Toppin

Name: Miss Toppin
Twitter name: @Miss_Toppin
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable): English
Position: Teacher
What is your advice about? Your first lesson – Seating Plan

  1. NEVER start teaching a class without a seating plan; it is a critical teaching tool. Moreover students see that you are the authority in your classroom from lesson one.
  2. If you have your own classroom, decide how you want the desks laid out. Select a layout that will allow you maximum movement, visibility and access to student work.
  3. If you have data, use this to inform planning. If not, just randomly spread the students out; you will adapt your plan as you get to know them.
  4. Line you class up outside the room. Take them in in pairs and place them in your seating plan.
  5. Do not negotiate your seating plan with students! Inform them that requests can be made in writing at the end of the lesson and you’ll take them under advisement.