Learning With Pokemon Or Inspector Gadget.

Learning With Pokemon Or Inspector Gadget.

Do you remember the Pokemon fad? Or Cabbage Patch Dolls?  Or Hot Wheels?   As a teacher it seemed to be a different fad every term.  The children were animated, enthusiastic and knowledgeable.  The conversations were detailed and would lead to debates, persuasion,...

The Cross-With-Us Rhinoceros: A Review

  Four fine brave adventurers come across a huge rhinoceros that starts to follow them.   The chase begins, through the grass, up and down the hills, until a river stops them in their tracks…   What is special about this book? This is such a favourite of mine.  I love...
Individuality And Expertise:Not Through Testing!!

Individuality And Expertise:Not Through Testing!!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against testing per se but more often than not it isn’t justified. I wouldn’t want to be treated by a brain surgeon who hadn’t passed his brain surgeon tests or fly with an airline pilot who didn’t have a licence.  Maybe it’s because I’m a...
Ways To Promote Positive Behaviour: The Consequences

Ways To Promote Positive Behaviour: The Consequences

This is the third post on behaviour. To read the previous posts please click the relevant link. What is Bad Behaviour  The Stress of Behaviour:Keep Positive   Consequences can have two different effects. One positive and one negative. Positive The positive effect...

The Stress Of Behaviour: Keep Positive

In the last post I wrote about ‘What Is Bad Behaviour’. This post focuses on the strategies to use to keep the stress down to a minimum.  It is all based on a positive attitude and strategy. Children behave badly for all sorts of reasons. They don’t know or...

What Is Bad Behaviour?

Bad behaviour isn’t necessarily what children do but what adults don’t want them to do. For instance, children playing loudly upstairs may not be naughty but because adults expect them to be quiet, the children are reprimanded. Sometimes this can lead to...

What Are Open Ended Questions?

What is two add two? Who are the six wives of Henry VIII? Have you cleaned your teeth? Have you put full stops in your writing?     Today I’m talking about questioning and the impact good questioning can have on learning. The four question above are termed...

What Is The Meaning Of Play? It Depends who you ask!

Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.  Kay Redfield Jamison I wanted to write about the benefits of meaningful play in a child’s life.   Then realised that the definition of ‘meaningful play’ depends entirely on your...

What Are The Children Learning?

“What did you learn at school today?” “Nothing!” Sound familiar? In some cases this may be true but it is usually because no-one had thought to let the children know what they were learning. Children need to know what they are learning and this...

Homework Help For Parents: Don’t Let It Get You Down

If you have read any of my posts here at you’ll know that I’m not particularly happy with the education system and the way children are treated within that system. There are thousands of children in the education system (I’m referring to the UK as I don’t have...
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