— Linzi McLagan (@LinziMclagan) March 16, 2017
This week I am preparing my pupils for their exams by marking written work, providing performance feedback, rehearsing group choreography whilst providing guidance and pastoral support. Every spare minute is put into coursework and during this period many pupils exhibit challenging behaviour. Careful assessment of words like my post from Block 2 or observation of behaviour is implemented to ensure appropriate support. Interventions through direct teaching and working within a carefully constructed social (dance) environment, behaviour can be influenced or changed as part of a learning process. My role as a teacher means that I am liked, disliked, challenged, supported, respected, ignored and tested. It happens at different times and in different ways. I need to be assertive at all times. I need to read my pupils and understand their personalities and what motivates them. However, to do this I need to ensure that I know my limits and stay controlled and positive. Unfortunately, I have found my personal needs, blog and course research neglected as I become consumed by Higher Dance.