Food for thought

Just a few of my favourite quotes, blogs and video clips: they either inspire me or act as a gentle reminder!

Video Clips:

Here are some clips from Summer Heights High: (not to be taken seriously!!) Hidden Curriculum in the staffroom: Mr G on discipline:


This is a clip from a television show Hungry Beast: Tensal Ali is a memory champion, he memorised the yellow pages from A-Z. Should we as teachers be looking at his methods? Do they work or do they just focus on one skill at a time?
Click here:  Memory champion!


Autism information for parents:

Primary Classroom  Teacher Blog:

Integration Technology in the Classroom:

Year two class blog:


This quote is something I will be keeping close by as a gentle reminder. It was given to me by Peter Hobbs from the DET: It is called ‘Between teacher and child’ by Hiam Ginott

I have come to a frightening conclusion. I am the decisive element in the classroom. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that make the weather.
As a teacher I possess tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous.  I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humour, hurt or heal.
In all situations,  It is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated, and a child humanized or de-humanized.

This is a quote from the movie; Matilda (1996). I feel it follows on well from the above quote.

Matilda: I’m telling you, I didn’t do it! Agatha Trunchbull: [regains composure] Besides, even if you didn’t do it, I’m going to punish you, because I’m big and you’re small, and I’m right and you’re wrong. And there’s nothing you can do about it. You’re a liar and a scoundrel. And your father’s a liar and a cheat. You’re the most corrupt low-lifes in the history of civilization. Am I wrong? I’m never wrong. In this classroom, in this school, I am God! [Matilda, getting more and more angry, concentrates on the glass; suddenly, the glass tips over, pouring the newt onto the Trunchbull] 
‘Do you think that’s what I want to hear? When you go down to the cafeteria and ask for coffee, would you like it if someone gave you a coke because it’s easier to reach? When you go to pay by credit card, would you like it if you were told that’s too much hassle, so you’d better break out the cash?’ Jodi Picoult.
Try not to become a man of success but a man of value. Albert Einstein
Deliver your words not by number but by weight. Proverb
 “Once children learn how to learn, nothing is going to narrow their mind. The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another.” Marva Collins
“They may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel.”   Carol Buchner
‘Hidden Curriculum in classroom video taken from:
‘Mr G on discipline’video taken from:
‘Miss Trunchbull’ image taken from:
 ‘Well Yes we could read your blog….’ image taken from:
‘Had you subscribed to my podcast’ image taken from: 

One response to “Food for thought

  1. I have been teaching for over a quarter of a century. The first twenty years would have been so much easier if I had the insight you have already.
    Don’t let the the naysayers and the inept keep you from educating students to learn how to learn not to learn a curriculum. If they learn how to learn the curriculum will come.

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