You’re Taking a Class You Don’t Know

Advice and tips on handling an unfamiliar secondary class Taking a class you don?t know can prompt fear in the most experienced teacher. But 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 in 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.
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