Overheard in the staffroom

7th October 2005 at 01:00
The TES online forums are a hotbed of debate. Here is just a taste of what users are saying this week. Join the discussion at: www.tes.co.ukstaffroom how many fads can you remember?

spoiledbrat: I think I am on my third cycle of topic webs. In the 1970s they had been around for a while but steadily grew in popularlity and use.

GREAT to see them making a comeback. I expect we'll get back to subject-led timetables before I retire.

theblackninja: What are topic webs? Weren't overhead projectors the big thing in the Seventies? Much like interactive whiteboards are now?

Lilyofthefield: Yes, but you weren't sacked for not using them. Anyone remember the PVP (pre-vocational programme)? Take the nowtiest bunch of Year 10s you can find, and teach them to fill in a dole form. Redundant practice now, because the staff at the Job Centre do it for you.

What do you do if they laugh at your face?

es80: advice needed... am a trainee teacher... what do i do when kids refuse to do what you ask them to do, laugh all the time and never take anything seriously? If their teacher doesn't punish them for talking to her as if she was a piece of poo. What am I to do to get them to talk to me properly? Be as honest and brutal as you wish.

Zzub: Welcome to teaching... ;-) Get a register... get a senior member of staff in the class before they arrive... The first child that steps out of line should be sent immediately to isolation, without any negotiation at all. Bottom-set Year 9s negotiate, and often get away with it, so the teacher has a quiet life. You may decide to negotiate later, but right now that is not your goal - your goal is to make it through one hour.

Do you agree with putting children in sets?

miss_mystery: I was just wondering what you thought about putting students in sets or groups according to their ability?

paddie: I absolutely agree with setting children. In a state education system which already targets teaching to the lowest common denominator, I believe we are doing our bright students a great injustice by wasting their talents in order to nurture the self-esteem of the less able.

benchmarrow: "Brighter"? You get shot at our school for using that term...

more ablefaster workers... These comments are the personal opinions of individual contributors

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