The Assertive Child’s Tale

An 8 child’s story In the 6th grade a friend and I found a classroom open during spring break. We saw it as an unexpected opportunity for an amazing adventure filled with possibilities. We moved things all around the room; we changed the names on the chalkboard and talked into the tape recorder. We created total … More The Assertive Child’s Tale


Avalanche of Anxiety

Sometimes the most difficult sets are those that are one up from the bottom. Sophie had one of those. A few of the students worked quietly and industriously but the class felt chaotic.  The problem with handling the disruption was that the students concerned did not see their actions as disruptive.  And the irony was … More Avalanche of Anxiety

Showdown in Lab 16

As Debbie sat down she flung her long hair over her shoulder and I could see the determined set of her jaw and her apprehensive frown.  I hadn’t met Debbie yet.  I was doing some long term supply teaching, and was given this class as the relationship had broken down with their teacher.  Specifically, it … More Showdown in Lab 16

Beyond Our Own Egos to Child-Centred Behaviour Management

I have just returned from a refreshing few days at the Association for Science Education’s Annual Meeting at the University of Birmingham.  There was a wealth of fun, exciting, creative, and innovative ideas, practicals, and demonstrations there…..more than enough to inspire a generation of Nobel Prize winners. But the paradox is that it seems that … More Beyond Our Own Egos to Child-Centred Behaviour Management