Monthly Archives: September 2015
This blog post is a very quick one but one that I thought was worthwhile.
On Wednesday, I delivered some training to a group of NQTs as part of our Academy Trust training programme, The session was great, very informal in terms of delivery style but well structured. At the beginning of the session, some of them put up post-its with particular questions that they would like answering. Rather than paying them 10 minutes lip service at the end, I said that I would respond to them as a whole by email so that they could be used as a starting point for further discussion if necessary.
This blog post is simply the questions that were on the post-its and the answers that I gave in the email. It seemed a shame to waste them!
Girls – chatty and attitude
Girls can be a nightmare to manage because they often have behaviour problems which are more understated. It is often very easy to see with boys what the issue is, therefore it is more straight forward to manage. Scripts can be used to deal with this. When a child is chatty or shows attitude, you really must stop yourself from reacting. Even if you’re furious inside, keep calm and identify that they are trying to wind you up. Whatever you say, say the same thing every time without changing the intonation in your voice. Keep it monotonous, keep it low and slow and assign a sanction to the end. “Sarah you’re talking instead of… If you continue, this will happen…”
As educators working in schools, our primary job is to impart knowledge to others. Maths, literacy, scientific skills et cetera. There are many other elements to the job but the only thing that we should be doing when directly working with children is to educate them, to teach them something. This may be something academic but it can also be a whole plethora of other things, such as how to ask politely for something, how to share, how to resolve their issues, communicate… In fact, every time we interact with children, we should always teach them something.