Stephen Lane

A behaviour surprise is a lesson well learned

As a new teacher, the experience of seeing a student waving around a dildo in class taught Stephen Lane about the importance of preparing for the unexpected

What a student with a dildo taught me about behaviour

It was the last thing I expected to see in a Year 8 lesson, but there was no denying it: the object that a student in the class had just produced from their bag and begun to wave around was unmistakably a dildo.

The teacher at the front of the classroom froze. Observing from the back of the room, I tried hard to maintain my composure. The rest of the class were already in hysterics – I didn’t want to make the situation worse. 

This moment truly stands out among all the lesson observations that I sat through during my three-year BEd.

There were some instances that came close to the ...

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