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Pupils must be taught, not `tamed'

I know that it is meant in a light-hearted way, but I hate the use of phrases like "21 ways to tame your new class" (Front cover, 22 August). Children are not animals, and until we learn to stop putting them down with language like this, we can only expect more resentment and less learning of meaningful social skills.

Martyn Steiner

Oxford

Short and tweet

If you can't explain it to a six-year-old, you don't understand it yourself.

@EintsteinMinds

Wow my six-year-old has just sent a video clip of himself to his Dad by text from my phone - how is that possible?

@AConstanceMSP

I know the #IceBucketChallenge is a bit of fun for a very good cause, but I can't help thinking about people in the world who have no water.

@GlaikitGeezer

Generalisations about how entire education systems work do not stand the test of individual school and classroom evidence.

@AlmaHarris1

The more interviews you analyse from teachers doing lesson study, the more evidence emerges that classrooms are hugely complex.

@geogphil

We think too much about learning, learners amp; what is learned. We need to think much more about teaching, pupils amp; being taught.

@Rokewood

All teachers to get free online access to (academic research database) EBSCO through #GTCS. 1,700 journals and 28 e-books. bit.lyEBSCOinfo

@anna_d_beck

"If you obey all the rules, you'll miss all the fun." Katharine Hepburn

@GreatestQuotes

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