Stephen Lane

Why saying the wrong thing in class isn’t all bad

The fallout from saying the wrong thing in class may be the most memorable lesson you teach yourself, writes Stephen Lane

Why saying the wrong thing in class isn’t all bad

So, it’s finally Christmas, and although it will be an unconventional seasonal period, wine shall no doubt flow in many a teaching household. As such, my mind will inevitably turn to a particular Year 7 class I taught many years ago – and the blunt lesson learned about going off on a narrative tangent in the classroom.

I had recently attended a wine-tasting course at night school. This was back in 2001-02, when night school was still a thing.

I was in my NQT year and for some reason – I now genuinely have no idea why – I began telling the pupils about the process of wine tasting: the ...

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