A Great #Book Review by #UKEdChat @Chilledu

I’m very pleased and honoured to have received such a great review by UKEdChat last month.  The Quick Guide to Classroom Management was rated 9.5/10 overall, and was described as follows:

This is a great book for people who are struggling to get to grips with grappling their busy teaching schedule with building positive, professional and supportive relationships with students, and would be suitable for experienced teachers or new teachers to help reflect upon their practice or make subtle little changes to improve classroom experiences. 

The full review can read here:



A Teacher’s Summer: Have a Productive Vacation! #teachforamerica #pgce #NQTchat #ukedchat

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An article by Richard James Rogers

Illustrations by Pop Sutthiya Lertyongphati

It’s finally here! You’ve waited all term, perhaps even counting down the days, and now it’s the summer vacation! If you’re teaching in a British or American school, or at an accredited International School overseas, then you’ve probably got a nice 6-8 week holiday to look forward to! Time to put your feet up!

Or is it?

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Most teachers would agree that we need our vacations. We work so hard during term time and we only really realise the strain this has placed upon us mentally and physically when we do get the chance to have a holiday. It’s important to rest now, but; and many experienced teachers will hate me for this: it’s also time to start preparing for your next semester!

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In my debut book: The Quick Guide to Classroom Management, I include numerous case studies of teachers who got their time-management all messed up, and paid for it massively! For my next book: Marking and Assessment Strategies, I invited twenty educators from all over the world to offer their advice on time-saving marking tips. One common theme that permeates their advice is the productive use of holidays and break-times, along with with great tips such as ‘live-marking’ and using peer-assessment strategies.

What do you plan do during your next school vacation?


Take a look at this list. Could you find time for some (or all) of these? 

Top Tips for Time-Saving Teachers: Using your holidays

  1. If possible, find out which classes you will teach next semester. Even if you only know some of them, start planning ahead. Draw up a curriculum map of the topics you will teach and the order you will teach them in. This will save tremendous time at the start of the new semester. You’ll be ahead of the game when everyone else is rushing around trying to figure things out!
  2. Plan your marking! I talk about this extensively in my soon-to-be released book. Examine your syllabuses and long-term planning closely, and cross-reference it with your school’s academic calendar. Look for weeks when paperwork could get new doc 27_3heavy (e.g. around the time when reports need to be written, parent consultations take place and when exams and tests need to be taken). Think about the assignments and homework you will set, and plan ahead so that you spread out your marking evenly over the whole year. This will save you many a future headache!
  3. Read ahead! If you’ll be teaching unfamiliar topics then look them up, and make sure you can do the questions that you’ll set for kids. Subject knowledge acts as a great confidence base that improves and enhances your classroom performance. 
  4. Gather your resources together! The last thing you want to be doing is fumbling around finding PowerPoints, Prezi’s, worksheets, assignments and tasks whilst your on the job, teaching a full timetable! Get prepared now, and enjoy a happy work-life balance when you’re back in school!
  5. Go into school the week before you start an get your printing done! Now, I know that many readers might not like the idea of this. However, when you consider the mad rush for the photocopier that will ensue in your first week back, you can see new doc 27_6how it makes sense to get a head-start. 
  6. Get your life back on track! Have you been skipping your gym classes? Too tired to do your morning run? Get your routine back in order and set your body clock to rise early and retire at a reasonable time. Keep up your new routine, and plan ahead so that you can keep doing it when you’re back at school!


Can you add any more items to the list? Please fee free to comment in the box below. 

Have a happy (and productive) holiday!


Check out Richard’s Pedagogical series of books here:

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Active Engagement Part 3: Use your physiology in unusual ways! #pgce #teachstrong #ukedchat

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An article by Richard James Rogers

Illustrations by Pop Sutthiya Lertyongphati

Hello and Happy Sunday! Wherever you are, and whatever you’re doing, we hope that today has been (or will be) happy and productive for you.

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In this final article in our three part Active Engagement series, we’ll be exploring:

  1. How outstanding teachers can often be rather eccentric by using action and movement to make their lessons fun, compelling and effective
  2. Some simple actions you can take to turn mundane questions such as “Is sodium hydroxide an acid or a base?” into an opportunity for action, movement and full sense-perception

new doc 32_5This article is slightly shorter than the previous two and, as it is the final section for this series, you’ll find a very useful summary at the end. As always, please feel free to share this post with anyone you feel would benefit from it, and please do comment with your own ideas in the comments box at the bottom. 

The following extracts and pictures come from my debut book: The Quick Guide to Classroom Management. Enjoy!

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Try these simple activities to bring movement and action into your lessons!

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Active Engagement Summary: Make sure you read Part 1 and 2 too!

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Thank you! Please share, bookmark and come back soon!



Active Engagement Part 2: Learning Outcomes and Games. #ukedchat #teachforamerica #ittchat #nqtchat #pgce

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An article by Richard James Rogers

Illustrations by Pop Sutthiya Lertyongphati

In this second of our three-week, three-part series, we’ll be continuing our investigation into how outstanding teachers keep their students on-task, entertained and engaged every single lesson.

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This week, we’ll be focussing on a further two key areas of Active Engagement:

  • How outstanding teachers consistently create an ‘air of mystery and anticipation’ by getting the students to figure out the learning outcomes by themselves
  • How an atmosphere of immense excitement, enjoyment, participation and learning can be created by using a few simple games and applying them to your subject area, on a frequent basis

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The following extracts and images come from the Active Engagement chapter of my debut book: The Quick Guide to Classroom Management. I hope the information is useful to you, and don’t forget: we welcome your comments with open-arms!  If you’d like to share your thoughts with us then please do comment using the comments box at the bottom of the page. 

This week’s blog post is quite a large one, but we urge you to please read until the end as the information contained here is incredibly practical and helpful. Please feel free to bookmark this page and visit it often!

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Here are some cool games you can use for any lesson!

Splat: Write a few key words on the whiteboard and you’re ready to go!


Mystery Picture: This one really gets the cognitive juices flowing and it’s a lot of fun!

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Mystery Word: Simple and inexpensive. Another vocabulary-based game

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Corners: I play this every Friday afternoon with my Year 9 Science class. It perks them up and is very competitive! Great for issuing out House Points, merit stickers or other rewards.


Bingo: Not just a numbers game! Read the game card below to see how it can be applied across different subject areas!


Who am I? : Despite it’s childish nature, kids of all ages love this!

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Vocabulary Musical Chairs: Get ready for an exciting class with this one! Make sure there are no obstacles in the way for kids to trip on.

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The Poster Game: One of my proudest pedagogical inventions. This game takes some time to set up, but once it’s ready it works like a treat! This game gives you the best of both worlds: fun and deep learning!

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Thank you for reading! Please share and please come back to visit us!


Active Engagement Part 1: Start Lessons Promptly. #pgce #teachforamerica #blendchat #teachstrong

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An article by Richard James Rogers

Illustrations by Pop Sutthiya Lertyongphati

In this first of a three-week, three-part series, we’ll be investigating how outstanding teachers keep their students on-task, entertained and engaged every single lesson.

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This week, we’ll be focusing on two key areas of active engagement:

  • The personality traits and pedagogical attributes that are shared by all outstanding educators 
  • The importance that a prompt lesson start has on engaging your learners, along with the best ways to implement this, practically.

For many of us, the end of the academic year is approaching, and many students will be in ‘let’s slack off’ mode right now. As teachers, we need to be more vigilant than any other time in the year right now, particularly with regards to lesson planning and keeping our students on task.

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The following extracts come from the Active Engagement chapter of my debut book: The Quick Guide to Classroom Management. I hope the information is useful to you, and don’t forget: we welcome your comments with open-arms!  If you’d like to share your thoughts with us then please do comment using the comments box at the bottom of the page. 

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Are you keeping your students engaged all year-round?


Author note: You may wish to supplement your knowledge of starter activities by reading our beautifully illustrated (and most popular blog post ever!): 7 Starter Activities for PGCE Students and Newly Qualified Teachers.

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Teacher Problem: Dealing With ‘Difficult’ Parents. #pgce #nqt #ittchat #teacherproblems

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An article by Richard James Rogers

Illustrations by Pop Sutthiya Lertyongphati

It’s parent’s evening and you know that the mother of your ‘problem child’ will be showing up, and she’s not best pleased! Or maybe you’ve been receiving e-mails from a parent who just won’t quit at nitpicking over the ‘little things’. Maybe you’ve had some personal complaints sent to you from a father who’s a bit ‘aggressive’, or maybe ‘complaints’ have been coming in to the school office and you’re finding out about them from your line manager.

First things first: If any of the above scenarios describe your current situation (or a situation you fear you might find yourself in), then please do not fret: help is at hand.

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Working with parents should be a productive and enjoyable part of your job.

Any experienced teacher will tell you that we all face ‘challenging’ parents (although that word: ‘challenging’, conveys the wrong attitude, as I’ll explain shortly). What fewer teachers will tell you, however, is that the key to fostering good relationships with parents is this golden rule:

Parents are your key customers. Without parents; all parents, you wouldn’t have a job. Make sure that you treat every parent like a valuable customer. Every parent deserves the very best level of service from their child’s teachers. This applies especially to parents who have complaints or who grumble on a regular basis.

Once you have this attitude firmly placed in mind, the rest of what I’m about to share will be easy to apply. I wonder how many teachers reading this will be resistant to adopt this mindset!

The following extracts come from my debut book, The Quick Guide to Classroom Management. In these pages, I write about the technique of ‘detached objectivity’, and how it’s a great problem-solver when dealing with parents who have complaints. I would welcome any comments you have from your own personal experiences (please write in the comments section below), and please feel free to share this blog post with anyone you feel would benefit from it. 



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Your Chance to Appear in a Great Book

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Would you like the opportunity to appear in my next book?

After the unprecedented success of The Quick Guide to Classroom Management, I’m asking teachers all over the world to write a few paragraphs that would help out a total teaching newbie.

You’ll be helping new teachers, you’ll receive full acknowledgement in my book and I’ll even give away five free books to five lucky contributors!

This is something super cool that you would be able to show to your colleagues and future employers too!

I want to know what advice you would give to a new teacher who’s getting stressed out because they’re marking too much work. What advice would you give to help them reduce their workload, improve their marking efficiency and reduce stress when marking? Do you have a story from your own experience that you would like to share?

Final deadline for submissions is June 20th, thank you! Book will be published on June 30th.

Please e-mail your advice to richard_science@hotmail.co.uk, along with your name and any other info you’d like to share about yourself (especially the country you’re writing from). Alternatively, you can comment on this blog post too (please write at least two paragraphs).

I look forward to receiving your replies!

Click on the picture below to find out about this great new book



Body Language and Behaviour Management: The Secret Key to a Happy Classroom. #PGCE #UkEdChat

An article by Richard James Rogers

How often do you find yourself grappling with challenging students in your teaching practice? Does your behaviour as a teacher serve to escalate, or alleviate, confrontations?

If you’re having problems with a particular student, or even a group of students, then you may wish to consider making subtle changes to your body language on a regular basis. Our mannerisms and actions serve to act as subliminal cues and primers for student responses and reactions, and experienced teachers will tell you that they capitalise on this to a great extent.


The following extracts come from my debut book, The Quick Guide to Classroom Management, and offer some easy-to-implement strategies for using subliminal cues that promote good student cooperation. I would welcome any comments on this, as there may be tactics that you use which are not mentioned here.