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You're Taking a Class You Don't Know

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Survival tips for taking a secondary class you don't know, by looking at micro-skills of effective teaching.

Taking a class you don't know can prompt fear in the most experienced teacher. Headteacher, Geoff Barton, recommends drawing from what he calls the 'micro-skills' of the effective teacher.

These are key skills effective teachers appear to have, he explains to trainee teachers at his school, King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

Taking ownership of the classroom from the moment you enter is key to a successful learning experience. Even the smallest symbols, such as asking pupils to flick on a light switch, show authority lies with the teacher from the first minutes of the lesson.

Geoff looks at where the effective teacher stands, the use of silence and how using body language can influence a class you don't know.

Part of the series: What To Do If...

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