A while back I waffled about displays. While gaining an hour today I thought it was time for a follow up. In the last waffle I looked at the planning and preparation part of my displays. In this waffle we grab the scissors and the staple gun and set to work!
I once read an article that claimed that everyone can only remember 7 +/- 2 things in their head at any one time. This would mean, if you were one of the lucky people who could remember 9 things, that once one more event/task/memo came into your head, one would leave and you would forget to complete it. I think children can remember even less, mainly because they are remember more important facts like the lastest football scores, the tour dates for One Direction and the latest cheats for Pokemon. So here are two techniques which I used in the classroom that helped the children remember instructions.
In this week’s waffle I’m going to attempt to do something I haven’t done before – although people often ask me about it. Whenever I go into school to observe a student teacher teaching, I always look for two things – their rapport/relationship with the kids and their behaviour management. I consider that if these two are in place, then anything else can be worked on. The latter of these two is definitely something that can be learnt and, through my very first initial teaching practice, I was lucky to work with an excellent practitioner who demonstrated effective behavioural management techniques which I have successfully adopted throughout my career. This waffle is about the techniques I use.