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Meeting and Greeting for effective classroom management

Ruth Tarrant

25th November 2015

A few years ago I was observing lessons as part of my school's interview process for recruiting new teachers. As a rule, after the lesson taught by the potential recruit, the observer always asked the students for their opinion on their candidate teacher. The one thing that always stood out for me was that students liked the teachers more who took the time to get to know them a little bit - they certainly didn't like the teachers who simply sat at the desk while everyone entered at the start and left the room at the end. Not only is this a tip for attending interview, but it's also good daily practice. Meeting and greeting students at the door on the way in helps to build rapport before the lesson has started, and also helps to model good practice and life skills that your students will need once they are in the world of work. So here are some top tips for effective meeting and greeting:

Ruth Tarrant

Ruth has been an enthusiastic Head of Economics and Politics for many years, having taught in a variety of schools and at university level. She is also a Senior Examiner. Ruth is passionate about boosting the quality of teaching and learning across all subjects in schools and colleges.

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