Dealing with distractions confidently

Students who play with objects, listen to music or find other distractions can disrupt their own and others’ learning. Using his own unique style, the world’s leading behaviour expert, Bill Rogers, takes you through a recent encounter with Daniel, and explains how to get the best from this tricky situation. Enforcing rules effectively.


Organising group work

For many years, the idea of doing group work filled me with dread. Noise and chaos were the first two words that came to mind. Group work seemed to involve me running around trying to solve problems and issues and left me exhausted for very little learning gain.

However, I came across the idea of assigning roles within the classroom and never looked back.

I came up with a structure that would promote independent learning, where the onus was on the students to organise themselves rather than relying on me to solve any problems that arose.

As a result, now I love doing group work and so do many of the students that I teach. I find that I now have the time to walk around the classroom calmly, checking on progress and asking questions.

The key is the role of the Assistant Chief Executive, as they are the only students who are allowed to talk ask me questions during the lesson.

Take a look at the structure I give to students below. In addition, all students are provided with a badge so that it is clear who should be doing what:

Teachmeet Wiltshire – 27 June 2013

What is a Teachmeet?

A TeachMeet is an informal gathering of like-minded teachers coming together to present to, and learn from one another’s classroom practice including practical innovations and personal insights in teaching. Participants volunteer to demonstrate good practice they’ve delivered over the past year, or discuss a product that enhances classroom practice. TeachMeet events are open to all and do not charge an entry fee. 
Fancy attending one?

On 27th June 2013, a Teachmeet will be held at Abbeyfield School in Chippenham. Organised by my colleague @_Letterland123
Refreshments from 5.00-5.30

Guest speaker from 5.30 – 6.00 (TBC)

2 minute and 5 minute presentations from 6.00 – 7.30

All you need to do is sign up and then add your details. It would be great if you could contribute a short presentation. If not, just come along and soak it up. Sign up here: Wiltshire Teachmeet. 

If you have any problems signing up, contact me via twitter: @_DavidDrake or email and I’ll help you out.

Be Brave! 
Why not make a contribution? Go on… I am (Yikes!) Nothing fancy required. Just something you have tried this year or a reminder of an old favourite. All contributions welcomed in what will be a supportive positive, collaborative environment

Get involved and see you there. 30 colleagues have signed up already. Join us!