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Classroom management tips for NQTs

Classroom management is the bread and butter of effective teaching – and is just like running a successful restaurant! In this article, Steve Burnage offers a menu of nine tips for effective classroom management

In many ways, running a restaurant is like running a classroom.

When we dine out, the décor, wall coverings, lighting, music, temperature, and furniture of our chosen restaurant set the ambiance.

In the same way, our classroom displays, natural light, furniture, temperature and ventilation set the environment for learning and teaching.

The way the restaurant staff interact with customers sets the tone for an evening out just as the way a teacher communicates and builds relationships with their students sets the climate for learning.

And the just as the restaurant menu sets out what delights are on offer, so our lesson-planning, subject knowledge, teaching and activities for learning set out not only what our students are about to learn but also how they might learn.

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