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Teaching in London UK: the Secondary Classroom


Gareth is a Secondary Teacher from Australia, currently teaching in West London schools through Protocol Education.

Students can be chronic liars. Here are some ways of pinning them down and extracting the information required from them. 

Hidden camera

In theory Close Circuit Television cameras would be a worthy investment for any school. Students and staff could be held accountable for all kinds of misdemeanours. However, in reality the use of such cameras would be a complete invasion of privacy revealing the misdemeanours of students and staff.

Nevertheless one switched-on Year Two teacher recently told me she had convinced her class the security alarm motion sensors in the corner of the room were actually security cameras. Every time she suspected a student of lying she threatened them with a screening of the footage. If they squirmed, they were guilty as charged. If they didn’t squirm, they were innocent – or very good liars. A good tactic in the lower grades no doubt. But as the kids get older, they’re more likely to catch the teacher out.

The Un-received Assignment

The student who claims to have handed their assignment in, even though the teacher can’t find it amongst their papers, has normally not. Keep that in mind. The teacher is always right.

If the teacher can’t remember receiving the assignment, then they never did. The student who makes these sorts of claims is usually slack anyway. They have probably not done the assignment. And if they have it will be etched in crayon onto the back of a cereal box. The teacher will also be unable to get them to tell the truth about whether or not they have lost it, because they are so disorganised they won’t remember not submitting it in the first place. They themselves are in denial having convinced themselves and a number of their friends that they handed it to the teacher when they weren’t looking.

And if the teacher finds it three months later buried beneath a stack of unused word sleuths, the memory will soon subside as the assignment is fed through the paper shredder.

~ by Gareth, a Secondary Teacher from Australia working in West London schools through Protocol Education. Click here to read more by Gareth.

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