Stephen Lane

Mind your language when you speak to students

After losing his cool with a disruptive student in class, Stephen Lane learned a valuable lesson: the way we speak to children, and about them, can have a lasting impact on them – and us

Teacher language choice

I can just about stretch my memory back to my NQT and NQT+1 years. The younger version of me that I see there has so much yet to learn – it’s rather embarrassing. Indeed, there’s probably a lot that I could pick to write about when it comes to lessons I have learned in the art and craft of teaching and behaviour management in the two decades that have passed since I began my career.

I could write about how my drama lessons would begin with children literally climbing the curtains of the school hall. I could write about how I dealt with the discovery that some students had poured yoghurt ...

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