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How to avoid getting drawn into secondary behaviours and backchat

Whenever you have to issue a consequence to a student you will almost certainly provoke some eye rolling, muttering, complaining and other secondary behaviours. Don’t get drawn into these attempts to

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Why positive relationships could be the most effective tool in your classroom

As a teacher, you inevitably wear many hats. In the morning you may be a nurse and a counsellor but come the afternoon you’ll find yourself as a makeshift police officer and even a step-in Mum. All of

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How to get students calm and settled at the door

In most disruptive classrooms the teacher focuses on what is going wrong and in this instance, it’s unruly behaviour that began before your students even walked through the door. It’s easy to constantly

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3 ways to start conversations with students when they would rather not talk to you.

    It’s important to find out about your students’ interests so that you can build strong and meaningful relationships, but what happens if they don’t even want to talk to you? As well

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Classroom management for 99c or 99p

Howdy folks,Take Control of the Noisy Class (my best-selling classroom management book has now been re-launched and I'm letting it go for 5 days at JUST 0.99p or 0.99C (depending where you are in the world).

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Which cover for my book?

​I have recently secured the rights back to one of my best-selling books from my publishers. It was a huge financial investment - one which will mean my daughter has to go without Christmas presents

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28 Time-Saving Tips for Teachers

Create a block of time during free periods and other non-teaching time to handle paperwork. Schedule this in your planner and stick to it. Chatting with colleagues is an effective way to let off steam

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Zen Productivity for Teachers

Zen Productivity & Time Management for Teachers – it’s a game changer. I came up with this recently by accident. I’ve been tidying up one of our rental properties at present with

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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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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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10 Quick Ways to Bring Humour to Your Classroom

Want some ideas for bringing humour into your classroom? Then look no further as we’ve 10 ideas for you right here!… 1. Tell your students to do the ‘Dying  z’ whenever a question is too

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5 Techniques for Learning Student Names Quickly!

Want a way to connect with your students? Then what better way than learning the names of your new students as quickly as possible. Here are 5 tips to help you achieve just that… 1. Name Chain Ask

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Three MORE Ways to Make Praise More Effective

Way back in August 2017, we published a blog post titled ‘Three Ways to Make Praise More Effective’…  Three Ways to Make Praise More Effective   We received a lot of POSITIVE comments

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Dealing with students who won’t complete homework

Getting students to complete homework is a typical problem for teachers – especially with students who lack motivation. If they’re not working in class where we can stand over them, they certainly

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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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