classroom behaviour

Classroom silence and digital natives

Svetlana Kandybovich recently wrote a post about allowing students thinking time. It’s full of useful ideas for the classroom and well worth a read.

Something else worth reading is ‘The Four-Dimensional Human: Ways of Being in the Digital World’ by Laurence Scott (2015). I’m only halfway through, but it’s one of those social commentaries that has you nodding your head in agreement after almost every page.

One topic of interest in the book is silence. Scott dedicates a few pages to describing how, due to social media, the very notion of silence has changed. He states that ‘technological progress is, by all appearances, making life noisier…’ and suggests that the buzz of tweets, likes, status updates, etc, create some sort of ‘slipperiness between noise and silence…’. Even awkward silences between people are now filled with noisy, 4D silences in cyberspace when we hide behind our phones – something apparent the moment I walk into my adult classes! (more…)

Exploring learner styles: which bird are you teaching?

general birdsI took up birdwatching about 2 years ago. It’s a really relaxing hobby which, believe it or not, has helped me as a teacher. Obviously, finding a way to relieve stress is important in any job. Taking country walks and making a few new sightings of local wildlife helps me to chill out. But more importantly, as I’ve come to appreciate the differences in behaviour and personality of our feathered friends, I’ve also become more interested in the learning behaviour and styles of my students. In a rather quirky, zoomorphic way, I’ve tried to categorise some learner types in relation to birds I spotted during my walks! (more…)