Coaching in The Classroom: When is it Effective? When won’t it work?

Coaching methods are commonly seen in pastoral and wellbeing disciplines to encourage an individual - the coachee -  to come up with their own solution to a problem or issue they may be facing. It also enables that individual to develop resilience and grit and further push them towards becoming a self-sustaining individual who can more readily deal with adversity or … Continue reading Coaching in The Classroom: When is it Effective? When won’t it work?

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Confidence as the Crux of Independence: How to facilitate the construction of an Independent Classroom

The term independent learning is currently used throughout classrooms all over the UK. In secondary education, it is associated with: ‘a philosophy of education whereby a learner acquires knowledge by his or her own efforts and develops the ability for enquiry and critical evaluation’ (Creative Education UK).' Similarly at University level, Independent Learning is encouraged … Continue reading Confidence as the Crux of Independence: How to facilitate the construction of an Independent Classroom

Where does Teacher Self-Worth remain in ‘Educational Excellence Everywhere’?

The new EEE document released by the Government (March, 2016) is interestingly titled.  It claims to assert the promotion of “educational excellence everywhere” and aims to provide “world class education” to all pupils in the country. If you haven’t yet read the document put forward, you can do so here. However, the key objectives I … Continue reading Where does Teacher Self-Worth remain in ‘Educational Excellence Everywhere’?

A New Classroom Era: Encouraging Confidence and Intellectualism

There is no doubt that the teaching profession in the UK needs a new classroom era. When I first moved from Australia to begin teaching in England, I was astounded by the formulaic ‘exam-led teaching’ within the classroom. As a consequence of this, I was also astounded by the lack of confidence that pupils had … Continue reading A New Classroom Era: Encouraging Confidence and Intellectualism

Teaching Effective Classroom Talk: Intellectual Discourse through Phrasing, not Words.

Encouraging a student’s lexical competence and sophisticated use of vocabulary in the classroom seems to be one continual challenge for colleagues and educators around the country. Articles such as this published in the Guardian suggest that there is national push to further enhance our vocabulary as a nation – whether students or adults. While this … Continue reading Teaching Effective Classroom Talk: Intellectual Discourse through Phrasing, not Words.

The ‘Effort Ribbon’ Generation: A Strategy to Battle Parenting that Discourages Growth Mindset

A recent quote in this Independent Article tweeted by @GeneratingGenius certainly got a lot of us thinking today.  It simply read: 'If a mother tells daughter she could never do maths either, daughter's performance in maths immediately decreases' . Now, this obviously serves as an interesting perspective on resilience and ‘grit’ in Growth Mindset Education.  Suddenly, … Continue reading The ‘Effort Ribbon’ Generation: A Strategy to Battle Parenting that Discourages Growth Mindset

Growth in the Classroom: The Importance of Differentiating ‘Suffering’ and ‘Challenging’

As an avid reader of humanist philosophy and literature, I have always had quite an affinity towards the notions of suffering and how it enables the individual to grow. We have seen great writers comment on this notion, in particular Nietzsche and Kundera who wrote often about the positive growth achieved from experiencing tragedy in … Continue reading Growth in the Classroom: The Importance of Differentiating ‘Suffering’ and ‘Challenging’