Welcome to Strictly Positive Teaching
Why I'm doing this
When I started mentoring PGCE students and NQTs I introduced them to the techniques which have served me so well over the years. They all went on to use the approach in their new schools, and some have trained their staffs in the techniques.
One student asked her university department if I could deliver a lecture on behaviour management. I did so, and the students approved, and I am about to go back there for the third year running.
We are all told, “live your life to the fullest”. Well, in my fullest and best life I can share Strictly Positive Teaching with more teachers and help them in the way I've helped my students. My blog and my book are my ways of doing this. So I can clue in my loyal readers as to what inspires me in this fantastic career. So, sit back, relax, get a cup of tea and read on.
How It Got Started
Me as a teacher
I came into teaching late. Because I had effectively walked away from a lucrative career to go back to university and study to be a teacher, right from the word go I decided that I owed it to myself to be the best teacher I could possibly be.
In my previous career, a key tenet of the way we conducted ourselves was that you should never complain about something unless you have thought about the problem and come up with at least one strategy to address it. "Dont bring me problems," my manager would say, "bring me solutions!" I happen to think this is an excellent discipline. So when I went into teaching, it was with the intention to adhere to the same rule.
In my previous life, I was in a sales and marketing role. I went into workplaces, analysed their needs, and then tried to sell them products and services which met those needs. I started from the need to create a good working relationship so that clients would listen to me, and took it from there. I transferred that philosophy to my work in teaching. The students are my clients, and what I sell them is knowledge and a love of my subject. In order to get them to buy, I have to create good classroom relationships and engage them in my lessons.
I am a cheerleader for children, Positive that they will learn in my lessons and keen to bring out the best in every one of them. I can't do it on my own, so I cooperate with everyone who helps me achieve that ambition, from the Head Teacher to the pastoral leaders and the LSAs and everyone in between.
I'm also regarded as very strict. colleague recounted a conversation she had with some students about an interchange I had with a new girl in school one day. In a corridor conversation, I had told this girl to do up her tie and put her chewing gum in the bin. She had refused to do what I asked her. The girls to which Sarah was telling this said "She didn't do what Mrs Cox said? She must be MAD!" I'm very proud of this story.
How being positive can improve behaviour management, help learners learn better, and make teachers happier in the classroom.
Welcome to my new, improved blog! Strictly Positive Teaching, will soon be published. It's the teaching book I have long wanted to write, and I hope to be able to spread the word by visiting as many schools and universities as I can.
So in addition to chronicling all things positive in education, I'll be trailing some of my book content here, to help and inspire positive teachers everywhere, and maybe to bring some positivity into the professional life of teachers who are not feeling so positive right now. We've all been there. Dive in, read on, and enjoy! Let me know what you think.