Countdown

Teacher Tip – How the Simplest Trick Can Be Most Effective


Using a countdown in class is a basic way to regain control. While for many of us this may be an obvious technique, I recently had a teaching assistant who was amazed by its power…

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Dos and Don'ts When Choosing Your End of Term Performance

Teacher Tip – Dos and Don’ts When Choosing Your End of Term Performance


With September just around the corner, many of us are choosing our end of term performance. Often with younger children, the school show will not be directed by a dedicated drama teacher. As a youth…

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Teacher Tip – Five Top Tips For a Start of Term Drama Class


Whether you’re working in a school or youth theatre, it’s important to get off on the right foot with new students at the start of term. Especially in a youth theatre environment, it’s important that…

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Overcoming obstacles in youth theatre

Teacher Tip – Overcoming 4 Common Obstacles in Youth Theatre


In the last few weeks we have been looking at ways to continue learning as a teacher. Last week we explored how mutual respect can help teachers learn from their students in the classroom and…

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Mutual Respect - Learning From Your Students In The Classroom or Community

Teacher Tip – Learning from your Students in the Classroom or Community


Following on from last week’s article we wanted to continue the theme of learning as a teacher. This time, how can a teacher learn from their students in the classroom or community? Why is non-collaborative teaching…

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Learning While Teaching - How to Continue Growing

Teacher Tip – The Most Important Thing All Teachers Must Do


As a teacher, it is important to continually grow and learn in order to help your students do the same. One of the most valuable things I have learned as a teacher is how to…

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Who's Talking? - Encouraging Quiet

Teacher Tip – The Power of ‘Who’s Talking?’


Younger students can be very chatty when they’re excited about an activity. While we want the group to be enthusiastic in class, it’s important to maintain control. There are many behavioural techniques you can employ…

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Targets and Self-Evaluation for Long Term Improvement

Teacher Tip – Let Your Students Manage Their Long Term Improvements


If your class have a particular bad habit, it can sometimes feel like you’re banging your head against a brick wall trying to correct it. When telling your students what you want them to do…

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Consequences Strategies To Be Firm And Fair

Teacher Tip – Strategies To Be Fair and Firm With Consequences


It can be hard in class to implement consequences in a way that is fair and effective. The first step to achieving this is ensuring students are aware of the ground rules and expected behaviour…

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Make Your Own Rules - Responsibility Excercise

Teacher Tip – How to Set Rules Your Students Will Actually Follow


We all know how difficult it can be to enforce rules in class. Often students rebel against what they see as a constant stream of ‘Do this, do that.’ Or ‘Don’t do this, don’t do…

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