(1) Teacher – Pupil Relationships: How important are they?

Image from tes.com If my school was defined by it’s socio-economic context, it would be destined for poor results, dreadful behaviour and high staff turnover. On the contrary, it is none of these things. The children are polite, kind and they enjoy school (of course there are always a few exceptions). Many members of staff… Continue reading (1) Teacher – Pupil Relationships: How important are they?

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The Everyday Metaphors of Teaching: ‘Guide on the Side’

In my last post, building on Maxwell’s (2015) work, I outlined the inevitability of metaphor in our discourse as teachers and how understanding this in our profession can help us shed light on what our metaphors exaggerate but also hide. I posed two questions: With what metaphors in mind are we to teach? What evidence… Continue reading The Everyday Metaphors of Teaching: ‘Guide on the Side’

The Everyday Metaphors of Teaching: Problems and Solutions

It's an elephant guys - come on. Metaphor is so deeply embedded into the language of teaching that Greene (1973) argues that it would be possible to organise a history of educational ideas around recurring metaphors. As early as 1553, the classical humanist view of educators was as ‘gardeners’ (Rabelias, 1991). Rousseau (1979) saw the… Continue reading The Everyday Metaphors of Teaching: Problems and Solutions

Teaching the ‘more able’ child

To understand 'the more able' pupil, I draw on the educational experiences of Scout Finch, the daughter of Atticus Finch in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (don't worry, you don't have to have read the book to get what's going on here). I will then use a few of my own… Continue reading Teaching the ‘more able’ child

3 things I wish I knew about behaviour as an NQT.

I arrived as a male in a primary school context naturally assuming I would have a handle on my pupils' behaviour. After the first ten minutes, I realised I was completely and utterly wrong. I could write here all the little tips and tricks that you might have picked up from other more experienced teachers.… Continue reading 3 things I wish I knew about behaviour as an NQT.