Pupil engagement is about more than just gimmicks

There's a backlash against classroom ‘gimmicks’ but teachers should still tap into pupil interests, says Andrew Foster

Teachers need to tap into pupils' interests and enjoyment, says Andrew Foster

What’s both the best and worst piece of advice for new teachers in circulation at the moment? I would suggest: “Don’t listen when people tell you behaviour will improve if your lessons are more interesting.”

On the one hand, there is an important truth within this statement that all teachers – particularly those in senior positions – would do well to keep in mind. But, as is so often the case, especially online, the necessary nuance is being lost. And the result is that some young teachers are struggling and feeling powerless unnecessarily.

Many teachers, often at the start of their careers, ...

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