Telling Lies by @PositivTeacha

Name: Matt Pinkett
Twitter:  @PositivTeacha
Sector:  Secondary
Subject: English
5 Bits of Advice About: Telling lies

  1. Does a colleague’s new haircut look really awful? Lie, tell them it looks great and feel pleased with yourself for being positive in the face of the grotesque.
  2. If a student asks if you’ve always been ‘naturally clever’, lie. Tell them you had to work bloody hard to get to the level you’re at now.
  3. When students ask if you find horrible members of staff as odious as they do, lie. Tell them you like and respect everybody you work with because that’s how people go places.
  4. When students ask if you play ‘Call Of Duty’ say “No”. Otherwise, it’ll be that they want to talk to you about and not semi colons.
  5. Lie down and relax; you’re doing great.

Being Honest by @positvteacha

Name: Matt Pinkett
Twitter name: @positvteacha
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable): English
Position: Lead Practitioner
What is your advice about? Being Honest

1: Tell students why they’re doing something. For example, ‘To understand how to write interesting metaphors SO WE CAN make Sir’s marking experience less excruciating.’

2: If a colleague asks you to ‘do them a ‘favour’, and you think that doing it will be to the detriment of the students you teach, tell them, “No.”

3: Kids aren’t stupid. Don’t tell them you love dub step and you-tubing  because a) you don’t and b) you don’t.

4: If a student is wrong, tell them. Sometimes, people are just wrong; students are people.

5: Be honest with yourself. Do you REALLY think that Bloom’s Taxonomy bean bag throwing games add anything valuable to your lessons?