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    BBC News: The words that could unlock your child


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    Yep, I read this in a lot of our parenting books...books such as "Raising our children, raising ourselves", and "How to talk so kids will listen, and listen so kids will talk" have a lot to say on the way we interact/word our feelings with kids.

    To be honest, it's all really quite fascinating to read and think about...and with an 18 month old toddler it certainly seems to have an effect. Mind you, toddler logic can be really rather entertaining and fascinating in itself..!

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    One of the things I have noticed here is students being rewarded for effort over those students who actually produce the work. One student who is a very badly behaved kid can suddenly produce a single piece of average work gets rewarded.. where a student who always produces excellent work gets nothing just a pat on the back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mthomas08 View Post
    One of the things I have noticed here is students being rewarded for effort over those students who actually produce the work. One student who is a very badly behaved kid can suddenly produce a single piece of average work gets rewarded.. where a student who always produces excellent work gets nothing just a pat on the back.
    Very true. It's that thing where class sizes has a detrimental effect on performance depending on where the priority lies. If teachers are asked to push students who are behind in a large class size (~30), it will benefit them to catch-up but leave the students ahead to slip back and gives an average set of results across the board.

    If there's less students in a class, then it gives teachers more one-on-one time to push their ability to the next level. I always found being in middle set classes during GCSE (especially Maths), I always excelled because I got much more specialised teaching to my pace of work. As soon as I went up to the higher group (who could achieve As and A*s where the medium classes could only go up to B), I stayed where I was because I wasn't getting the level of teaching I needed to reach those grades and slipped back.

    Failure is the only way to recognise you need to work harder. That's been the case for me with my Autism and I'm now moving to work in the city for a new challenge. No doubt I'll trip once or twice, but it's certainly got me ahead of my peers who went through university.

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