John Dabell

I trained as a primary school teacher 20+ years ago, starting my career in London and then I taught in a range of schools in the Midlands. In between teaching jobs, I worked as a national in-service provider, project manager, writer and editor. I am the teacher without a tongue.

8 thoughts on “Can You Keep A Secret?

  • 24th March 2017 at 7:19 pm

    As a Food Tech teacher my need is class size of around 16 not the usual 25 baby minding group I get saddled with due to the subject being undervalued by Amy.

  • 25th March 2017 at 10:54 am

    Relationships are definitely the most important ingredient. That’s one reason why being a substitute teacher can be so difficult. There’s no established relationship.

  • 29th March 2017 at 6:44 pm

    The need for a positive student-teacher relationship also links to attachment theory (Bowlby, 1978) and has been seen to mirror the attachment of the parent-child relationship. Young Minds (2017) states that ‘children with attachment difficulties will typically show distrust in the classroom’ which will ultimately have an impact on the student-teacher relationship. It is important, therefore, to be aware of the home situation of pupils in the class so as to pre-empt any issues that may be faced. Student-teacher relationships are of great importance, however there can also be many other contributing factors to effective classroom management. Fredricks (2015) discusses the implications of the physical learning environment, including resources and displays, and its effect on pupil behaviour, alongside the need for a positive reinforcement approach to behaviour management (Stipeck, 1992).

    Bowlby, J. (1978) ‘Attachment theory and its therapeutic implications.’, Adolescent Psychiatry, 6, pp 5-33.
    Fredricks, R. (2015) Classroom Management Strategies. NY: Page Publishing.
    Stipeck, D. (1992) Motivation to Learn: From Theory to Practice. 3rd edn. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
    Young Minds (2017) Attachment Theory in the Classroom. Available at: (Accessed: 29/3/17).

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