What Neil Postman taught me about teaching and television

Back when I was fairly new to teaching, I sometimes wondered how I could make my lessons¬†more like TV. Maybe I should play a theme tune at the start of each class, I thought. Something that would get the students pumped up and ready to learn. Something dynamic, like¬†Easy Lover by Phil Collins. You'll be… Continue reading What Neil Postman taught me about teaching and television

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Distributing messages: what works and what doesn’t

Form time A common part of life in a secondary school is a 15 minute session every morning called "form time". Attendance is taken and messages are given out. "There is a cake sale in room 162 at break time." "Mr Thompson wants to remind everyone to pick up their litter after break." "Mrs Butterworth… Continue reading Distributing messages: what works and what doesn’t