Wisdom overheard on the Oxford bus…
A young teacher talking with her friends on the way back from a night out in Oxford (UK) was too good to ignore:
“That ‘bad’ class just had a lot of energy, passion and creativity…” What a great way to re-frame it and move toward solving the problem. I will so use this.
“Setting a positive expectation, giving them something to do as soon as they come in, and having clear, positive rules that went across all their class rooms, that worked for this class.”
“They taught us all sorts of theory in college – Vygotsky and philosophy of education. They KNOW what works for setting up real class rooms, so why don’t they teach us that? You’ll still have the chance to learn from your own experiences but it will set you off in a better direction.” I’d like to add “why don’t teacher training courses (and prof. dev.) do role-plays for how to deal with difficult kids, parents and colleagues in productive ways? Easily the most stressful parts of our jobs.
Thank you anonymous Abingdon teacher. I’m glad to know that students in the town I grew up in get such a dedicated and insightful teacher. (I went to John Mason School, btw.)