In some schools there seem to be some rules teachers feel they need to follow. No one knows where these rules came from. The dusty typewritten rule sheet lies on an unreachable shelf in the geography cupboard with the old over head transparencies. So here are some lesson planning rules that you have my permission to break.

  1. All students are required to be quiet during work
  2. No fidgeting is allowedfidgit.gif
  3. The teacher must stand at the front
  4. You must use the interactive whiteboard
  5. If there is laughing there is no learning occuringLaughing school.gif
  6. Starter, activity, plenary repeat
  7. There must be displays up
  8. You must not smile until Christmas (NQTs only)
  9. Only Robin Williams is allowed to stand on the table (actually health & safety best get down)Dead Poets teacher.gif
  10. There must be a worksheet/book entry to mark
  11. Everyone needs to answer a question verbally
  12. Cutting and sticking is a legitimate learning outcome
  13. Students must line up before entering classLine up school.gif
  14. Seating plans are not to be altered
  15. You must incorporate learning styles

Any more ideas about the myths in our education system? Please add your thoughts to the comments section.

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