Creating Positive Classrooms (Classmates) by Mike Ollerton

By Mike Ollerton

Classmates is an exhilarating sequence introduced in September 2003 from Continuum. jam-packed with useful recommendation, and written in a witty and obtainable type, those crucial courses will take on all of the key points of training. As teacher's adventure an more and more heavy workload and tackle additional duties, either inside and out of the curriculum, those brief pithy publications are designed in particular to arrive the wishes of these with a busy way of life, Classmates could be each teacher's key better half and a needs to for each college staffroom.

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A The beauty and the creativity of the process of learning/research is something Sir Paul Nurse (Nobel Prize winner for Medicine in 2001) discussed on Radio 4's 'Desert Island Discs' about the research he had done into the molecular structure of cancer cells; how they reproduce and how they divide. During the interview he used a painter as a metaphor to describe the importance of both the technical and the creative aspects of scientific discovery: A painter has to be technically skilled to apply the paint on the canvas in the way they want but they also have to have a creative feel for what it is that they are trying to present, how they're going to do it, how they're going to have impact on the observer.

3. Builds students' self-esteem. 4. Helps teachers develop a wider range of approaches to whole-class teaching. 46 Values ¡n Action Typical strategies all teachers are encouraged to become aware of, develop and use are: Being patient and waiting for a student to provide some kind of answer. Coaxing out answers. Not allowing students to interrupt someone else who is speaking but instead to acknowledge further contribution will be taken later in the discussion. Gaining a range of contributions before accepting an answer and before moving on.

These two consultation days replace the 'standard' parents' evenings where parents traipse around from subject teacher to subject teacher for a short discussion, usually to hear how wonderful their child is. The reality of such an event is the vast 48 Values ¡n Action majority of parents who attend are often the ones whose children are generally doing well at school. I have often heard the comment: '... it's the very parents who need to come to consultation evenings that don't bother. ' Under the tutor system, parental attendance is high and for the small number of parents unable to come on a specific day, tutors make separate arrangements.

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