What do successful teachers do more of?

27th October 1995 at 00:00
* Remain calm and in charge.

* Expect their pupils to behave and encourage them to do so.

* Understand that growing children - just like themselves - make mistakes.

* Understand that young people will challenge decisions but it is the adult who has the final word. o Try not to take adverse comment personally.

* Listen to their pupils and talk to them a lot about objectives and show personal interest in success.

* Use reasonable behaviour and language, modelling the behaviour they want. They avoid sarcasm.

* Provide structure as a matter of course, not after misbehaviour.

* Recognise good behaviour whenever it occurs. It helps when criticism is necessary.

* Convey objectives to pupils at the beginning of lessons.

* Organise a good environment for teaching and learning.

* Arrive on time and receive pupils in a positive, assertive way.

* Plan for each lesson and expect to get through a considerable amount of work. They have good pace, use higher language skills and raise standards continually.

* Organise for differentiation and review pupil progress weekly.

* Use phrases like "I need you to" and"I expect this".

* Have a discipline plan taught, used and trusted, not subverted by indifference or anger.

* Support colleagues.

* Show they are willing to adapt to change and reconsider their teaching style where appropriate.

* Have a professional relationship with pupils who acknowledge them as important individuals in a complex organisation.

* Understand that children with a "difference" have the right to be equally respected and included in any activity of their choice in the school, ie to their peer group.

* Support parents rather than condemn them.

* Organise coursework and homework consistently and give feedback quickly and precisely.

* Encourage self confidence by providing sessions for pupils to speak out with confidence, knowing that their contribution is valued and can be built on.

* Respect the "silence" of some pupils who by nature find "public contributions" intimidating.

* Recognise they are making a significant contribution to the welfare of this nation and commend themselves for it.

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