The Capital Letter Problem Part 2: Pressure and release

In my last post I explained what I defined what I’m calling The Capital Letter Problem and set out some of its causes. Briefly, children pick up and embed bad habits when writing

The Capital Letter Problem – Part 1

I have almost never met a secondary age child who doesn’t conceptually understand how to use a capital letter.* But, you’d never know. Students regularly hand in work liberally sprinkled with missing

On report

Most of the schools I’ve taught in have operated some sort of ‘on report’ system for poorly behaved students. The idea is said poor behaved student presents his or her report card

Five things every new teacher needs to know about behaviour management

Managing students’ behaviour can be the most terrifying aspect of becoming a teacher. Although it’s the nightmare scenarios of being told to eff off on your first day, or having a chair

Should students be punished for poor behaviour?

The following blog was written for Teachers Register – the online solution to supply teaching. Punishment is a bit of a dirty word for many teachers. There often seems to be a

Praise for #PsychBook

My new book, co-written with the quite marvellous Nick Rose, has landed. What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Psychology is a whistle-stop tour of what we consider to be the most

What do new teachers need to know about behaviour management?

Full disclosure: this article appeared first on the Teachers Register blog. Teachers Register is an online solution for schools needing supply teachers without wanting the hassle of going through a supply agency. You

Developing expertise #5 Explore connections

This is the fifth post in this series detailing ways teachers might go about training their intuition in order to make better judgements and acquire real expertise. You can read the previous

Robert Coe’s foreword for #PsychBook

Right. It’s done. What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Psychology is off to the printers tomorrow and should be available in the next few weeks. It’s always a tense time when what you’ve

What is the Phonics Screening Check for?

In case you don’t know, the Phonics Screening Check (PSC) is a test given to 5-6 year olds at the end of Year 1 in order to establish whether pupils are able

Developing expertise #4 Acknowledge emotions

In previous posts I’ve discussed how creating the right environment, seeking better feedback and creating ‘circuit breakers’ could help us the develop the kind of expertise required to hone our intuition. This post discusses the role of emotions and how

When assessment fails

I wrote yesterday about the distinctions between assessment and feedback. This sparked some interesting comment which I want to explore here. I posted a diagram which Nick Rose and I designed for