Teaching for good behaviour
Teaching for good behaviour

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5 Developing ‘engaging’ lessons

Think of your students as fish, swimming around in the waters of the school. An engaging lesson gives you the bait with which to catch your fish. And once they are hooked on your bait, then misbehaving will hopefully be the last thing on their minds!

Engaging your students is important for a number of reasons. An exciting lesson can be used:

  • as a reward for previous good behaviour;

  • as a carrot for behaving well in the future;

  • to help you get a reputation as a ‘fun’ teacher.

There are many ways in which you can develop your own practice by planning more engaging work for your students. This might mean:

  • using an ‘attention grabbing’ starter;

  • using a fictional scenario through which to teach the work;

  • finding engaging resources – objects, clothes, food, people;

  • making topical connections between the work and current events;

  • using ‘non classroom’ props or objects to inspire the class.

Click on the link below to open 'Props for lesson openings'

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Activity 4

Click on the link above and read ‘Props for lesson openings’, which suggests some different props that might be used in the classroom, and gives ideas about how these objects could be used. Either on your own or with a colleague, make a list of possible uses for each of these props in your own age range and subject areas.

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