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Dealing with students who have no interest in the lesson

A student who has no interest in lessons and anything you say and do, can have a terrible impact on the rest of the class. What you must remember however is that this student probably wants to succeed

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Dealing with students who don’t bring equipment to class

This is one of those seemingly unimportant management issues which is often swept under the carpet by a teacher who is frantically trying to concentrate efforts on more serious issues. In a lively class,

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A quick, fun way to encourage learning

Teach-back activities are fun ways to encourage students to cement their learning by teaching others what they have been taught – by demonstrating, explaining and teaching. Remember the saying ‘You

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Great activity to get students working together

The following activity is wonderful for getting students to work together to find their own solutions to their problems – from both a subject-based or personal perspective. It can be used as a basis

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Three Ways to Make Praise More Effective

Here are some ways of improving praise so that it creates the kind of positive changes you want to see in your challenging students… Effective Praise Enhancer # 1: Make it SPECIFIC. Let’s make a concerted

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Consolidate learning with mini-reviews

Mini Reviews are a fantastic way to consolidate or reinforce any piece of learning in a fun, active way. I have used these successfully with all ages –  young children in school right through to

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This ONE WORD Guarantees INSTANT Student Engagement

Would you like to know about a teaching strategy you can use at the start of ANY lesson to gain instant engagement and participation from all your students? I can sum this strategy up in just ONE WORD.

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Brilliant Review Activity – Gets ALL Your Students Involved

This plenary activity is fantastic for getting students to work collaboratively. It’s very ingenious (some would say downright sneaky) and effectively results in EVERY STUDENT taking part. If you would

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25 ways to get silence from noisy students

Hi there! A few years ago I put together a short e-guide titled '25 ways to Get Silence From Noisy Students'. It has been downloaded THOUSANDS of times by teachers all over the world. You can GET YOUR

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6 Questioning Techniques To Guarantee Student Participation

Six Questioning Techniques To Guarantee Student ParticipationIn this video recording, I interview my colleague Martin Renton on using different questioning techniques to improve student attainment, engagement

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The power of relationships

I came across this on facebook. A truly brilliant short talk on the importance of relationships between teachers and students. It is ALL about connection.  

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Teacher Stress Survey – How Stressed Are You?

If you’re a teacher and feel stressed you’re in good company. I recently asked my teacher-subscribers to fill out a Teacher Stress Survey to gauge how stressed they feel as a result of pressures

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The Hidden Dangers of Teacher Stress (And What You Can Do About It)

According to a recent survey, teachers are at breaking point trying to cope with the relentless pressures and many  plan to leave the profession in record numbers.82% of teachers describe their workload

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Amphetamine Fairies, Videos and the Noisy Class

In case you didn't know, there is a small collection of free videos on my site now which are based on the Needs Focused System I wrote about in Take Control of the Noisy Class.These are the 6 videos

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BOOOSH! We’re at #1 on Amazon already!

I posted a message yesterday telling you that the latest edition of Take Control of the Noisy Class has been released this morning through Crown House Publishing. Amazingly, it has ALREADY reached

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