Pivotal Podcast - Managing Behaviour

Pivotal Podcast - Managing Behaviour

Episodes

  • How to improve your behaviour policy – PP43

    Jul 11, 2014 | 29 min
    Paul shares some great tips and techniques on how to improve your behaviour policy - starting with just a few tweaks. Full show notes coming soon... What would you like to hear covered in forthcoming episodes? Let us know by emailing podcast@pivotaleducation.com Subscribe to the podcast Listen for free every week Send in your comments or questions Get involved!
  • Jon Tait on Skype and the Global Classroom – PP42

    Jul 4, 2014 | 46 min
    This week it was great to speak to Jon Tait about his use of Skype and how he has created a Global Classroom. Jon started off as a sports coach and then had a path through PE teaching to senior leadership in behaviour and ultimately teaching and learning. Jon was fortunate to be chosen to carry the Olympic Torch in part of its journey in 2012 but he has subsequently seen it as his duty to spread the Olympic message. He still has his Olympic torch and started by visiting local groups such as Guides and Scouts talking about: Friendship Excellence Respect He believes this cuts across all ages and boundaries. Jon says it's almost like being a superhero. The power of the Olympic torch was amazing...
  • Social Media for Teachers with Ross McGill – PP41

    Jun 27, 2014 | 45 min
    This week we welcomed Ross McGill to talk about Social Media and its use by teachers. Ross says that he first became involved with social media via blogging to update his family about his first son's condition after he was born at a very low weight. It was about communicating with the family but also some therapy for Ross himself. He was amazed to see how the reaction to his blog snowballed. This led to him starting to apply the same concepts to his teaching reflections and that's how Teacher Toolkit got started. Ross has a varied and fascinating story in education which began when he was only 18 and started teaching design and technology to Year 7s at his school in his free periods. Subsequ...
  • Tait Coles on Punk Learning! – PP40

    Jun 20, 2014 | 28 min
    This week we welcomed Tait Coles to talk about his concept of Punk Learning. Tait is a Vice Principal at Dixon City Academy in Bradford, in charge of innovation and learning. He was also once a consultant for the local education authority. Paul wonders what Tait's passion is driven by because teachers have enough to do and despite this Tait has managed to share his ideas and enthusiasms very widely indeed. Tait says it's probably all because of being frustrated with the way education has been going in t he UK where he thinks teachers are forced to design and teach lessons in a certain way. When he was on sabbatical as a consultant he realised that the focus is all wrong. As a result he tried...
  • Crime and punishment – PP39

    Jun 13, 2014 | 30 min
    Our topic of the week is crime and punishment. Paul isn't a fan of heavy sanctions. The schools that Pivotal Education work with are on a trajectory towards just using restorative conversations and very small steps in sanctions but in many schools class teachers don't have control over the policy and still have to operate the system which exists fairly and consistently. There are general principles which apply to using negative consequences in any system: Make sure the distance between giving the sanction and the offence itself is as short as possible and also try not to separate the personnel involved - sanctions don't work as well where responsibility is delegated to someone else to give t...
  • Rewards and reward systems – PP38

    Jun 6, 2014 | 31 min
    Our topic of the week is rewards and reward systems. Stimulated by a question from a listener, Chris, Paul starts by outlining his suggested 5 key principles of a good reward system: 1. Reward over and above - don't reward minimum standards because that is what you will get, rather reward those who go over and above the required standards 2. It's not what you give but the way that you give it - the system itself isn't necessarily critical, it's how staff operate it 3. Make the reward system simple to operate - it must be simple enough to fit in with the rhythm of the teaching of the busiest staff e.g. if you have to log into a computer between lessons to use the reward system then you are st...
  • Hywel Roberts – teaching hooks and exercising imagination – PP37

    May 23, 2014 | 32 min
    Our topic of the week is inspiration and 'hooks' in teaching. Our very special guest is consultant and drama teachers, Hywel Roberts. Hywel began with an English degree and then a PGCE in English and Drama. Teaching practice at the school from the TV show Educating Yorkshire taught him a lot about engagement and behaviour management. He subsequently taught in a school in Wakefield and remembers crying into an empty filing cabinet after trying to teach a class Julius Caesar. That class 'took him to the cleaners' three times a week. He then went to teach in Barnsley to set up a drama department as well as teaching English. It was challenging but it was at a time when education was being used t...
  • The importance of relationships – PP36

    May 16, 2014 | 32 min
    Our topic of the week is the importance of relationships. Paul begins by pointing out that it's not possible to have transformational relationships with every child you teach - rather, we should concentrate on those learners we can have a long-term positive impact on. Paul recalls his earliest experiences in teaching where he found many learners who weren't interested in any of the strategies and techniques for behaviour management until they had a productive relationship with him. Paul found himself going through the same mantra time after time: I care about you, I'm going to work with you and I'm not going away. The children weren't used to this and wanted a guarantee that Paul wasn't goin...
  • Girls and behaviour – PP35

    May 9, 2014 | 39 min
    Our topic of the week is Girls and behaviour. This week we welcomed Pivotal Trainer, Helen Day, to the podcast to share her experience and expertise around girls and behaviour. Paul starts by asking what's different about girls' behaviour that makes it distinct from boys' behaviour. Helen makes the general points that girls don't tend to monopolise the space in t he classroom or the playground. Boys can be seen to have a much larger presence and girls are much less vocal. When boys move around in a space they tend to be more robust and girls tend to move around less. Girls are willing to take risks but are much less likely to seek out risk-taking behaviour and are more likely to underestimat...
  • A Lecturer's View of Teacher Training – PP34

    May 2, 2014 | 39 min
    Our topic of the week is A Lecturer's View of Teacher Training. This week we return to our more usual format as we welcome James Williams to the Pivotal Podcast. James is a lecturer at Sussex University where he has been for over 11 years. Sussex has just had a very successful Ofsted inspection. Paul begins by asking James what he thinks is the bast way to train teachers. James is very keen on the system we currently have - a mix of in-depth classroom experience with experienced teachers and mentors in school backed up by what he calls the professional aspects of education - the theories of teaching and learning, how children grow and develop and understanding why we do what we do. James say...
  • How all adults affect behaviour in a school – PP33

    Apr 25, 2014 | 18 min
    Our topic of the week is How all adults affect behaviour in a school. In the second of our 'highlights' collections, we present a number of helpful and inspirational clips around the theme of how all adults in an educational institution can affect the behaviour of the students. There's practical advice from Paul and some memorable stories about the importance of taking all adults with you on your journey towards great behaviour - and beyond into behaviour for learning. I hope you enjoy the episode! Read the rest of the show notes on the Pivotal Education site. What would you like to hear covered in forthcoming episodes? Let us know by emailing podcast@pivotaleducation.com Creative Commons im...
  • The Power of Being Positive in Behaviour Management – PP32

    Apr 11, 2014 | 16 min
    Our topic of the week is The Power of being Positive in Behaviour Management. It's approaching the Easter break in the UK as this episode is released. Paul is in South America so we are presenting a compilation from the Pivotal archives about the importance of positivity in behaviour management. We start with the concept and practices around positive notes and then widen the scope to include all kinds of positive attitudes, approaches and techniques. There's an inspiring collection of stories and practical advice... Read the rest of the show notes on the Pivotal Education site. What would you like to hear covered in forthcoming episodes? Let us know by emailing podcast@pivotaleducation.com S...
  • Blogging with children from Year 1 – 13 with David Mitchell – PP31

    Apr 4, 2014 | 42 min
    Our topic of the week is Blogging with children from Year 1 – 13 with David Mitchell. This week we had a fantastic conversation with blogging expert, David Mitchell, also known as @DeputyMitchell on Twitter. David believes that blogging can help raise achievement for pupils from as early as possible until the end of their schools careers and beyond. It's not the software which is important - it's what you do with it the tool of blogging. He defines a blog as an online platform which is 100% open to the public - and this is essential. This means anyone can read, see hear or watch whatever is on that platform and also - crucially - they can leave comments. In his experience, comments can be re...
  • Behaviour management in active learning – PP30

    Mar 28, 2014 | 40 min
    Our topic of the week is Behaviour management in active learning. We were delighted to be joined by Pivotal Trainer and active learning specialist, Tara Elie this week. Paul starts by asking what the benefits are of adopting an active approach to learning. Lots of people can view this approach as just 'playing around' in an era when we are being told that it's better to 'machine-gun' facts into children. Tara points out that it's important to look at who we are teaching today - we have a very media-savvy, visual generation in front of us. We can use this to our advantage. Tara has seen the benefits of learners being actively engaged in lessons. Students are more likely to access their prior ...
  • Managing the 2% – Very Tricky Learners – PP29

    Mar 21, 2014 | 45 min
    Our topic of the week is Managing the 2% - Very Tricky Learners. At the time of year when this episode is published, the most tricky 2% of learners have often moved right through the strategies in the behaviour policy and some have managed the 'break it in two'. Often at this time of year teams are sitting around tables wondering what on earth to do with the 2%. A lot of schools feel the urge to reduce or stop the exclusions which tend to be happening around this point in the school year. Of course, the 2% is very different in different schools and contexts but every setting has its own 2% who cause the same amount of frustration and stress. How can the school behaviour system support the 2%...
  • How to be amazing at interview – PP28

    Mar 14, 2014 | 46 min
    Our topic of the week is How to be amazing at interview. There were 7,000 job advertisements in the Times Educational Supplement last week but how can you make sure you do your best at interview? Whatever level of job or course you are applying for, Paul has fool-proof techniques and approaches to ensure you stand out from the crowd. What to wear to an interview Even before thinking about what you are going to say at interview, think about what you are going to wear. This is not an opportunity to show how wild and wacky you are in your spare time - nor is it the time to bring out all your matching accessories. Interview panels want to see people who have made an effort. Paul hates wearing ti...
  • School Direct and routes into teaching

    Mar 7, 2014 | 2715 min
    Our topic of the week is Schools Direct and routes into teaching. This week's guest is School Direct teacher, Stuart Garbutt. Stuart is currently doing his Primary School Direct course at the University of Chichester. He is working at two schools at the moment - in a Year 3 class and a Year 1 class. Stuart originally did a degree in Adventure Education at Chichester which involved rock climbing and other outdoor pursuits! Subsequently, Stuart wanted to move into Primary teaching because he had a very positive experience himself at Primary School and he wants to be the kind of Primary School teacher that children in his classes remember. There are now several different routes into teaching in...
  • Leading Behaviour from the Middle – PP26

    Feb 28, 2014 | 36 min
    Our topic of the week is Leading Behaviour from the Middle. This week we were delighted to be joined by Pivotal Trainer and middle leadership specialist, Darrell Williams. The most important cog in the wheel when driving improvement in school is the middle leadership. Darrell calls the middle leadership the engine room of sustainable change and stresses that effectiveness comes from middle leaders as well as all teaching staff having learning in the centre of what they do. Darrell asks the question, "is your department a 'performance department' where the most important thing is results or is it all about learning?" If it's about performance you become risk averse and keep doing what you hav...
  • Rules, routines and rituals – PP25

    Feb 21, 2014 | 34 min
    Our topic of the week is Rules routines and rituals. Read the rest of the show notes on the Pivotal Education site. What would you like to hear covered in forthcoming episodes? Let us know by emailing podcast@pivotaleducation.com Subscribe to the podcast Listen for free every week Send in your comments or questions Get involved!
  • Essential Behaviour Insights from the Pivotal Trainers – PP24

    Feb 14, 2014 | 39 min
    Our topic of the week is Essential Behaviour Insights from the Pivotal Trainers. Read the rest of the show notes on the Pivotal Education site. What would you like to hear covered in forthcoming episodes? Let us know by emailing podcast@pivotaleducation.com Subscribe to the podcast Listen for free every week Send in your comments or questions Get involved!
  • Magnificent Classroom Cultures – PP23

    Feb 7, 2014 | 33 min
    Our topic of the week is Magnificent Classroom Cultures. Read the rest of the show notes on the Pivotal Education site. What would you like to hear covered in forthcoming episodes? Let us know by emailing podcast@pivotaleducation.com Subscribe to the podcast Listen for free every week Send in your comments or questions Get involved!
  • Isolation for behaviour management – PP22

    Jan 31, 2014 | 41 min
    Our topic of the week is isolation for behaviour management. Read the rest of the show notes on the Pivotal Education site. What would you like to hear covered in forthcoming episodes? Let us know by emailing podcast@pivotaleducation.com Subscribe to the podcast Listen for free every week Send in your comments or questions Get involved!
  • Behaviour for learning with 5-11 year olds – PP21

    Jan 24, 2014 | 43 min
    Our topic of the week is Behaviour for learning with 5-11 year olds. Read the rest of the show notes on the Pivotal Education site. What would you like to hear covered in forthcoming episodes? Let us know by emailing podcast@pivotaleducation.com Subscribe to the podcast Listen for free every week Send in your comments or questions Get involved!
  • Behaviour around the site – PP20

    Jan 17, 2014 | 39 min
    Our topic of the week is Behaviour around the site. Read the rest of the show notes on the Pivotal Education site. What would you like to hear covered in forthcoming episodes? Let us know by emailing podcast@pivotaleducation.com Subscribe to the podcast Listen for free every week Send in your comments or questions Get involved!
  • Behaviour for supply teachers and cover lessons – PP19

    Jan 10, 2014 | 35 min
    Our topic of the week is Behaviour for supply teachers and cover lessons. Read the rest of the show notes on the Pivotal Education site. What would you like to hear covered in forthcoming episodes? Let us know by emailing podcast@pivotaleducation.com Subscribe to the podcast Listen for free every week Send in your comments or questions Get involved!
  • Behaviour for sports teams and parents – PP18

    Jan 3, 2014 | 45 min
    Our topic of the week is Behaviour for sports teams and parents. Read the rest of the show notes on the Pivotal Education site. What would you like to hear covered in forthcoming episodes? Let us know by emailing podcast@pivotaleducation.com Subscribe to the podcast Listen for free every week Send in your comments or questions Get involved!
  • Sanctions part 2 – PP17

    Dec 27, 2013 | 23 min
    Our topic of the week is Sanctions - part 2. Read the rest of the show notes on the Pivotal Education site. What would you like to hear covered in forthcoming episodes? Let us know by emailing podcast@pivotaleducation.com Subscribe to the podcast Listen for free every week Send in your comments or questions Get involved!
  • Sanctions part 1 – PP16

    Dec 20, 2013 | 31 min
    Our topic of the week is Sanctions - part 1. Read the rest of the show notes on the Pivotal Education site. What would you like to hear covered in forthcoming episodes? Let us know by emailing podcast@pivotaleducation.com Subscribe to the podcast Listen for free every week Send in your comments or questions Get involved!
  • Behaviour at Christmas – PP15

    Dec 13, 2013 | 28 min
    Our topic of the week is behaviour at Christmas. Read the rest of the show notes on the Pivotal Education site. What would you like to hear covered in forthcoming episodes? Let us know by emailing podcast@pivotaleducation.com Subscribe to the podcast Listen for free every week Send in your comments or questions Get involved!
  • Behaviour for FE and HE Lecturers – PP14

    Dec 6, 2013 | 36 min
    Our topic of the week is behaviour for FE and HE lecturers. Read the rest of the show notes on the Pivotal Education site. What would you like to hear covered in forthcoming episodes? Let us know by emailing podcast@pivotaleducation.com Subscribe to the podcast Listen for free every week Send in your comments or questions Get involved!
  • The teacher as performer – PP13

    Nov 29, 2013 | 53 min
    Our topic of the week is the teacher as performer. Read the rest of the show notes on the Pivotal Education site. What would you like to hear covered in forthcoming episodes? Let us know by emailing podcast@pivotaleducation.com Subscribe to the podcast Listen for free every week Send in your comments or questions Get involved!
  • Managing your own behaviour – PP12

    Nov 22, 2013 | 37 min
    Our topic of the week is managing your own behaviour. Read the rest of the show notes on the Pivotal Education site. What would you like to hear covered in forthcoming episodes? Let us know by emailing podcast@pivotaleducation.com Subscribe to the podcast Listen for free every week Send in your comments or questions Get involved!
  • Making praise meaningful – PP11

    Nov 15, 2013 | 33 min
    Our topic of the week is making praise meaningful. Read the rest of the show notes on the Pivotal Education site. What would you like to hear covered in forthcoming episodes? Let us know by emailing podcast@pivotaleducation.com Subscribe to the podcast Listen for free every week Send in your comments or questions Get involved!
  • Scripted behaviour interventions – PP10

    Nov 8, 2013 | 45 min
    Our topic of the week is scripted behaviour interventions. Read the rest of the show notes on the Pivotal Education site. What would you like to hear covered in forthcoming episodes? Let us know by emailing podcast@pivotaleducation.com Subscribe to the podcast Listen for free every week Send in your comments or questions Get involved!

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