The Telling Off: Discipline, Punish

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 […]

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How Best To Tell a Kid Off

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 fromĀ general ‘classroom management’ and ‘behaviour management’ and this is outside of the domain of routines and rules. The telling off is after […]

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Expecting Better

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 […]

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Tiers of Engagement

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 […]

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Flappy Bird Pedagogy

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 […]

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