A few year ago when I was heading up our school’s learning and teaching policy group, we were trying to capture the basic requirements for effective learning and teaching. Checklists were flavour of the month so naturally our policy was full of checklists. However, I wondered whether an alternative checklist might be more effective in getting the message across. I kept it pretty much to myself at the time, and somehow I don’t think it would have made it into the official policy document, but I just wonder what effect it might have had…………………. Hope you enjoy!
EFFECTIVE LEARNING AND TEACHING ALTERNATIVE CHECKLIST
HOW TO MAKE YOUR LESSON GO WITH A BANG
- Don’t arrive at the class too early. They won’t be expecting you. Have another cup of coffee and a blether with your colleagues until the corridor is clear.
- When you arrive at the class, start shouting, whether they are behaving well or not. It lets them see who’s boss.
- Make sure pupils are well wrapped up in jackets and scarves to keep them more comfortable.
- Allow pupils to sit wherever they choose. This makes it easier for them to socialise.
- Start issuing instructions to the class before they are all listening, or even better, while some are still arriving.
- Keep the aim of the lesson to yourself in case anyone in the class gets wind of it.
- Don’t remind them of what you did yesterday. If they were paying attention they should remember.
- Remember to interrupt the lesson fifteen minutes in to take the register.
- Ask the biggest nuisance in the class to take the register slip to the office. Why should the rest of the school have peace and quiet when you don’t.
- Always refer to pupils by their surname. They prefer the formality and respect you more for it.
- Punishment exercises are a godsend. Make sure you always have a plentiful supply in the room.
- Never allow pupils to talk, even when engaged in group discussion.
- Make it perfectly clear you don’t want to be there any more than they do.
- Send pupils to the toilet and/or the medical room at regular intervals. It gives them regular exercise, keeps support staff in a job, and gives you a break.
- Time your lesson carefully so that you are in the middle of a sentence when the bell rings.
- Instruct pupils to throw books, jotters etc in a heap at the front of the room and run quickly to their next class.
- Don’t forget homework. This should be shouted at pupils’ backs as they leave the room. That way you can catch them out next lesson when they deny that they heard you.
Have a good day!