The following are answers to a question ‘why should offenders be punished?’. They deserve to be punished. Punishment will stop them from committing further crimes. Punishment tells the victim that society disapproves of the harm that he or she has suffered. Punishment discourages other from doing the same thing. Punishment protects society from dangerous or […]Read more "The Telling Off: Discipline, Punish"
Thinking about my teaching and about some of my work with kids through different projects, I can share countless examples of times when I have needed to ‘administer a telling off’. This differs from general ‘classroom management’ and ‘behaviour management’ and this is outside of the domain of routines and rules. The telling off is after […]Read more "How Best To Tell a Kid Off"
As part of our work on adaptation and evolution for Science Week, the kids needed to learn about and research different habitats and the particular advantages some animals have over others in these habitats. We were moving towards designing our own version of the beautiful ‘Remarkable Animals’ book by Tony Meeuwissen. The kids were interested […]Read more "Expecting Better"
Engagement is the most unnecessarily contentious of issues in teaching. Engagement is whatever can be done to ‘hook’ the attention of learners in order that they learn as much as possible, and that they do so actively . Engagement can be fostered by specific items of knowledge, specific pupil activities, specific discussions and questions or […]Read more "Tiers of Engagement"
I have been stuck on what seems to be a cursed train journey back to London, and as a result, I have become deeply acquainted to the game Flappy Bird. No I have not planned my lessons yet. No I have not finished my Masters degree work. Yes, I have played Flappy Bird for the […]Read more "Flappy Bird Pedagogy"
As part of my research for my thesis on the MA Sociology of Education I have been reading through studies which explore how teacher expectations impact on pupils’ learning. The study which has most caught my attention is that classic of the Sociology of Education, – one that any A-Level Sociology student will be familiar […]Read more "What teachers believe, their pupils achieve"