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Lesson length time

I am a trainee teacher working with mostly 16-19 year old engineering students.

have recently observed during a few lessons that were timetabled for 2 hours. In reality this is 1hr 50 mins as they have 10 mins break at the end of a lesson and start of next making a 20 mins break overall in 4 hours of learning.

With a strict college policy on no refreshements in classrooms, I would contend these are long sessions for optimum learning outcome. Being a more mature student myself,…

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Added by Roland Baggott on January 16, 2013 at 9:27am — 1 Comment

Managing student lateness

What is the best way to handle students who come in to class late? I am not referring to the ones that do so occasionally and are contrite when they come in the room, more the ones that seem to do so regularly and almost ignore you when they walk to their desks.

Making a big scene in the lesson seems not so productive and could lead to general disruption. But ignoring will let a poor behaviour go unpunished. (if punish is even the right word?). As a new teacher in training…

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Added by Roland Baggott on January 16, 2013 at 12:45am — No Comments

Theorist search

During a series of teaching observations of one teacher I noted he often used humourous anecdotes especially as brain breaks. As part of my Cert Ed writings I am searching for any theorists who believes humour can be an effective part of learning. Any helpful suggestions out there would be most welcome.

Added by Roland Baggott on December 7, 2012 at 4:35am — 2 Comments

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