What do students remember?

I’ve recently had a conversation with a colleague about how students rarely remember the content you teach them after they leave school. We concluded though that students will always remember how you treated them, whether it be favourably or unfavourably. But I realised later that how you approach your work and subject, including the thought […]

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Relationship building in teaching – an experience

I recently had a student challenge a classroom rule. It wasn’t a major classroom rule, and the student didn’t make a big deal of it. In fact he may not even have known he was doing it, but from my perspective I needed to reaffirm the rules to clarify the boundaries of acceptable behaviour. After […]

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Identity – A means to bypass the need for motivation

Being a teacher you sometimes question your effectiveness, the direction of the curriculum, summative assessments, a whole host of things. In fact there are always job-related difficulties and doubts, that are shared by others in the profession. So I wondered, why do we do it? Why do we dedicate ourselves to helping students develop academically, […]

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