Kids know what they need to do to get the next stage. Teachers are forced to drive them to get more.

Parents and carers read, listen to, are aware of news. They know that schools are presiding over a rising muddy tide of mental health problems caused by multiple factors. They know that also one of those factors is the relentless (does that word still appear in the OfStEd success criteria?) drive to push students up […]

Compliments for any season

Merry Christmas everybody! Isn’t it nice to be off work? I hope you’re all feeling as relaxed and refreshed as I am. I’m also feeling reflective. I’m thinking about praise; more precisely I’m thinking abut compliments. Be specific: I have talked about the importance of being specific in your praise of students rather than lavishing […]

Strictly Positive Behaviour Management – why?

Okay, so I’ve done a lot of stuff about the edges and the background and the effects of Strictly Positive Teaching, but it all starts with Strictly Positive Behaviour Management. So it’s time for a few posts from the beginning.   Strictly Positive Behaviour Management This is absolutely the heart of Strictly Positive Teaching, and […]

“I can” objective setting.

Objective setting is one of those areas where official advice changes with head-spinning rapidity. And don’t get me started on learning outcomes v learning objectives. The strictly positive teacher wants students to know when they come in the room what they are going to learn, and to know that they have learned it when they […]