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Showing Them Who's Boss

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Learn about a secondary maths teacher's experiences of adapting from lecturing at university three years ago before giving it up. Behaviour expert John Bayley provides practical advice in this classroom-management resource.

Most of the time Sue Hills finds the new challenge extremely rewarding, but the lower ability secondary groups can be challenging, particularly in transitions between different parts of the lesson at Moulton School in Northampton.

Having observed a lesson, John suggests that Sue: is more assertive; develops clear and recognisable signals when she wants quiet; and takes firm action with pupils who refuse to obey immediately.

Watching herself teach, Sue recognises the "wishy-washy" nature of her teaching style and resolves to change.

Over the next few days, John continues to observe Sue as she gradually puts his pedagogical advice into practice. Working closely with her teaching assistant Donna Eastman, the pair form a highly effective team, dealing with trouble as soon as it arises and adopting a more assertive teaching style. The results are convincing.

Part of the series: Teaching with Bayley

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