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5 quick ways to show students you care

It’s impossible to build a warm, positive relationship with anyone unless you express a level of care and appreciation towards them. So, if you want to get students on-side, if you want to build bonds

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How to create a community in the classroom

Students are most motivated when they feel they are part of a community in which they feel accepted and in which individuality is encouraged. By definition a community is a group of people who work with

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Five ways to make praise and encouragement 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. Make praise descriptive and specific Real praise – the kind that

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Dealing with late-comers and poor punctuality

Students arriving late can be disruptive to your lesson. Late-comers often attract attention from their classmates meaning time is spent, and likely wasted, on the justification to their delayed arrival.

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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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