Why asking a child ‘why’ will never get a response

How often do you find yourself saying 'Why did you do that?' to a child only to get a confused face, a shrug of the shoulders or 'I don't know' in response? Often a child doesn't know why they've reacted in a particular way - the emotional response has overtaken their thought processing. It's better … Continue reading Why asking a child ‘why’ will never get a response

Essential Ingredients for a Well Organised Classroom

When I'm observing in classrooms I notice 'pressure points'. These are often the areas where resources are stored and children will be sent to collect items. I'm all for encouraging them to be independent and to develop the skills required to get themselves ready to begin a task, but these areas can often cause problems. … Continue reading Essential Ingredients for a Well Organised Classroom

The Importance of Connections in the Classroom

Have a think for a moment about the children who find it difficult to manage in your classroom. What do you know about them? What do they have in common with you? What connections do you have with them? Think about those pupils who coast their way through the year without any issues. They're normally … Continue reading The Importance of Connections in the Classroom