Monthly Archives: October 2014

Non-verbal communication – The silent power!

“Constantly talking isn’t necessarily communicating.”

Charlie Kaufman

There are many forms of communication and they all have merit. Some forms of communication are more effective depending on the circumstance. The most effective type depends on the relationship between the two parties, what is going on at that point, how receptive they are to certain modes of communication, the purpose of the communication and their current emotional state. For example, being spoken to in a diplomatic manner by a bank manager when opening an account is perfectly acceptable and delivers their message effectively but the same cannot be said to a police officer chasing a criminal on foot. As they are puffing and wheezing, they might scream stop. Their message is short and their voice level is on the opposite end of the spectrum to the bank manager… it wouldn’t quite work if officer asked the criminal in a quiet and patient voice.

This is similar in mainstreams with children. Read the rest of this entry

Getting routines right!

“The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.”

Mike Murdock

During this month, I had the pleasure of training some NQT’s as part of my academy chains offering to them. The 7 of them (4 of our own) that came were advised that they were going to receive some training on behaviour. I didn’t arrange this. It was landed on me at relatively short notice. I’m glad it was!

These new teachers were taking their first tentative steps into a long, difficult and rewarding career in one of the most challenging sectors available. At this stage, they are malleable and the support that they receive will be at its most influential. We all know members of staff who are too stuck in their ways and unable to adapt. What do these NQT’s have to adapt from? Nothing… exactly.

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