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Being Comfortable when Learning

Lynne is a Secondary Teacher with QTS who is currently working in schools through Protocol Education in Bristol. Having recently been involved in a speed awareness course Lynne realised the importance of a comfortable learning enviornment.

I had to tell the nice people at Protocol that I was unavailable for supply teaching yesterday because I was enjoying a different educational experience as a learner on a speed awareness course. When I was first booked I contemplated proffering the excuse that I was on my way to an assignment, that thirty Year 9's were eagerly awaiting me and that I could not be late. But I knew it wouldn't wash, the bit about the Year 9's being eager.

Arriving at the course venue a fellow miscreant suggested how dispiriting it must be for the presenters facing a roomful of people who did not want to be there. I suggested she try school teaching. The presenters were, in fact, relentlessly upbeat. The contents of the course was, I have to admit, interesting for a lot of the time and their delivery was good. The horror was the venue itself, a conference room in a golf club. There were about two dozen of us divided between three round tables so only a couple of people at each table could watch the presentation without twisting around. Some of the participants were seated with their backs to the presenters, not a good idea when they might be harbouring a negative attitude from the outset. I sat sideways on my exceedingly hard chair for the four hours, yes, four whole hours, in the stuffy, airless room.

During some of the less interesting bits I thought about this learning environment, how much better I would have felt about the experience had I been comfortable and what I can do in future to improve things for my classes. I may not be able to replace those awful plastic bucket seats but I can make sure the ventilation is adequate and that the pupils are not having to twist round to see the board or screen, though I don't suppose at their age they suffer from the sort of stiff neck I have today.

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