Behaviour

The Consequences Model | TeacherToolkit – Education Article

Reading Time: 2 minutes Why is it important to make decisions promptly? School leaders (and teachers) are required to make countless decisions on their feet, and although many of their actions are not life-threatening, the difficulty mainly lies in the impact each decision has on others and the speed in which these decisions are required to be made. What impact do your decisions have? I have been slowly working my way through some of the strategic ideas from The Decision Book…

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Does ‘Teacher Expectation’ Make A Difference? – Education Article

Reading Time: 1 minute Does teacher expectation make a difference? Have you ever taught a top set or a bottom set class? How do the pupils and your behaviours change? Research suggests teacher expectations make all the difference, so ‘what can you say and do’ to help make another teacher more effective, which in turn impacts on their pupils’ behaviour and their performance? Positive expectations influence performance … The work of Robert Rosenthal and Lenore Jacobsen (1968) shows that teacher…

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If you tolerate this then your children will be next – David Didau – Education Article

What kinds of poor behaviour should we tolerate? How much should we tolerate? There’s a wellspring of opinion that zero tolerance is too much, that we ought to tolerate some poor behaviour, but how much? I don’t think anyone would be prepared to argue that we should tolerate 100%, so is 50% OK? 25%? 10%? Clearly, having a discussion about the percentage of poor behaviour which we ought to tolerate is absurd. Maybe we’d be better off debating whether some…

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15 Cognitive Biases Which Influence The Way You Think – Education Article

Reading Time: 4 minutes When it comes to making a good decision, how well-informed are you? Since the early 1960s, cognitive scientists and psychologists have been researching and sharing cognitive bias and give them each a name. How good are you at knowing some of the most well-known and can you spot these behaviours in yourself and others? I’ve been blogging about cognitive dissonance over the last year or so as I have started to become familiar with online behaviours…

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Louder than words | E-Learning Provocateur – Education Article

My last couple of blog posts have argued in favour of extracting value out of organisational capabilities. Due to the nature of my role I have posited these arguments in terms of employee development. However, I further advocate the use of organisational capabilities across all parts of the employee lifecycle. Using the 4+4 Part Employee Lifecycle as my guide, I will share my thoughts on some of the ways in which your capability framework can add value to your organisation’s…

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Do detentions work? – David Didau – Education Article

When I was a student I was given a lot of detentions. After some particularly appalling behaviour on a French exchange trip I was given two months of 1 hour after school detentions. This was a big deal as I lived about 15 miles away from my school and needed to get two buses home. Because I wasn’t able to catch the school bus, I had to walk to the nearest train station, wait for the hourly train shuttle to…

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8 Ways Schools Can Respond To Youth Violence – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes What strategies can we use to tackle the challenges of youth violence? In this fifth blog of the ‘Beyond The Gate’ series, I look to provide some practical suggestions for schools to implement in response to the challenges of youth violence. It’s all about safeguarding… Our school response falls very much under the ‘safeguarding’ umbrella and central to our ‘Beyond the Gate’ initiative is keeping our students safe, both in school and in the communities in which…

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five books to inspire empathy – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

With Anti-Bullying Week 2018 kicking off tomorrow (Monday 12th November) and Tuesday 13th marking World Kindness Day 2018, it seems like an ideal time to discuss bullying and the important role that teachers play in preventing/combating it. According to Ditch The Label, more than half of young people experience bullying. As a result, one in three will self-harm and 37% will develop social anxiety and depression. With these sad statistics, it’s clear to see why they describe bullying as a…

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Leading Others Without Being An Asshole – Education Article

Reading Time: 2 minutes How do you interact with other people you work with? I’ve been reading quite a number of books on business and leadership over the past 18 months: Two books I am currently reading include The Asshole Survival Guide by Robert I. Sutton and To Sell Is Human by Daniel H. Pink which I have already written about and have demonstrated how I do this. Something to think about … “Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem,…

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Creating Identity-Safe Classrooms | TeacherToolkit – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes Is your classroom identity safe? Identity-safe classrooms are warm ecosystems in which teachers endeavour to ensure that all children feel that their social identity is an asset rather than a barrier to success. Children feel welcomed, supported and valued whoever they are and whatever their background. Teachers want the best for pupils and seek to be fair and aim to create strong culturally competent classroom communities. We might all think that we respectfully acknowledge each and every individual. We might also…

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Introducing our YouTube channel ‘For Teachers’ (by Katie Tollitt) – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

This week, I would like to pass creative control over to my friend Katie Tollitt, creator of For Teachers YouTube channel. Like me, Katie is keen to share her knowledge, experience and enthusiasm with the teaching community. Alongside friend and co-creator Ryan Speed, she creates content about her current teaching role in Hong Kong as well as her experience teaching in the UK. As their first ever subscriber back in January, it has been exciting for me to watch the channel grow…

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When Teachers Behave Badly | TeacherToolkit – Education Article

Reading Time: 5 minutes What should reasonably be expected of a teacher? When teachers behave badly it makes local or national news, and bringing the profession into disrepute is not something you want on your CV. There is a self-assessment at the end of this post… A recent survey revealed that teachers are highly thought of by the public at large. This is wonderful news. According to the Ipsos MORI Veracity Index 2018, teachers are the third most trusted profession in the…

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Beyond The Gate: 12 Risk Factors Of Youth Violence – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes How can schools identify those most at risk? In previous blogs I have outlined the evolution of “Beyond The Gate” – our school based response to the societal challenges of youth violence. Here, blog 4 of the series, I will outline the approach that we have developed  to help identify those students who are considered most at risk. A Research Informed Approach My point is simple. Academic research and supporting evidence identifies a number of risk…

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Top 10 ‘Afternoon’ Teaching Strategies – Education Article

Reading Time: 4 minutes What ‘end of the week’ teaching ideas do you have up your sleeve? Teachers will be back to school all the bright-eyed with enthusiasm(?), renewed and ready to perform during the term ahead. But, the looming spectre of lethargy and inattention is only ever one poorly chosen activity away. Here are my top-10 afternoon classroom activities. 1. Self-Guided Worksheets Much like Ronseal, this does exactly what it says on the tin. From knowledge organisers to extended…

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