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The Power of Silence in the classroom – 5 tips on when and how to use it

The Power of Silence in the classroom – 5 tips on when and how to use it

Silence is often used (or attempted to be used) as a behavioural tool in schools on the premise that it encourages concentration and therefore learning, but we have to be careful: silence is a strategy that, if used unwisely, can create compliance – a very different result to focused learning – as the empty page will demonstrate at the end of the lesson.

#TinyVoiceTalks -Interview with Toria Bono

#TinyVoiceTalks -Interview with Toria Bono

How do we include all of our pupils – the ones from minority groups, the ones with disadvantages to learning even before they step into your classroom? This interview meanders through many topics ultimately bringing us back to how we ensure our education system is inclusive for all of our pupils.

What to do when a pupil swears at you

What to do when a pupil swears at you

A kid has just sworn at you. What do you do?! It all depends on the context of the swearing, the school and the young person…I welcome you to the Independent Thinking’s CPD Jukebox with answers to these questions and more.

How to support staff who are adopting

How to support staff who are adopting

In the second guest blog from Alexandra @babytismoffire she guides us through how schools and education leaders can support staff who are going through the adoption process.

Behaviour, books and broken legs

Behaviour, books and broken legs

One of my favourite interviews, a podcast full of practical conversations and strategies about supporting behavioural needs across schools…and a confession…

Window of Tolerance

Window of Tolerance

In this vlog I introduce the Window of Tolerance – and how to use it as a tool for understanding, differentiating and adapting lessons to meet the needs of our pupils with Behaviour needs and SEMH.

Behaviour in lockdown and beyond…

Behaviour in lockdown and beyond…

Photo by Taylor Young on UnsplashLast month I got deep into conversation with Alix Robertson from The Centre for Education and Youth, a think and action tank on their podcast The Youth and Education Podcast. In this conversation we explore: The impact of the pandemic...

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