Problem Solving: Advice For All Teachers

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Problem Solving


Ross Morrison McGill founded @TeacherToolkit in 2010, and today, he is one of the 'most followed educators'on social media in the world. In 2015, he was nominated as one of the '500 Most Influential People in Britain' by The Sunday Times as a result of...
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What would be your number one piece of advice for all teachers?

If I think back to all the difficult periods throughout my teaching career, there is one thing that resonates on each occasion. I failed to share my views with those who held me to account.

Logical reasoning?

As a teacher, there is very little opportunity for reflection. On the other side of the coin, the person that pulls the strings, your head teacher or line manager, will habitually be in line management meetings, negotiating, designing and constructing various tasks to help make things happen. They have much more thinking time …

Think rationally …

If I could offer one piece of advice for every teacher, it would be to remain in constant communication with your line-manager or head teacher no matter what your role. Some managers will try to create conduits to keep small-scale matters away from their day-to-day business. Others will offer ‘open doors’ at specified times…

Offer choices …

If you go to a meeting and present your line manager with a problem, always provide that person with at least two choices. One, this communicates that you have thought about the problem. Two, you are allowing the person in power with the position, knowledge or as the go-to person with the monetary decision to be able to make that final choice.

In my experience, helping that person solve your problem reduces the time spent thinking about the issue.

What you choose to share is your choice. Whether or not your solutions are the ideal ones is another dilemma. If it were me, I would rather know my line manager understands exactly how I think so that there is no stone left unturned.

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One thought on “Problem Solving: Advice For All Teachers

  1. It’s completely about self confidence in owning your classroom and always being consistent in your teaching delivery. My number one advice would be never be afraid to stop and change something that is not working, have the confidence to be honest with your students they’ll respect you more for it.

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