Monthly Archives: August 2016

Why collective punishment is sometimes necessary

On my PGCE course in the 1980s, I remember visiting a well known comprehensive school in London which had prominent graffiti sprayed on the walls of several classrooms, just above the blackboards. When someone braver than I was asked the deputy head … Continue reading

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Trust in the teacher

It took me a few years to get used to teaching in a grammar school after teaching in a UK comprehensive. I remember a lesson when I suddenly realised that every pupil without exception was silent, apparently listening to me. What … Continue reading

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Loving learning…. or not….

I enjoy leisurely cycling holidays and have just returned from a tour encompassing Austria, Slovenia and Italy. We often pass schools when cycling through towns and larger villages and as a teacher I tend to pick them out. The one … Continue reading

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