Stop Stories Now
Published 29th June 2014
As we near the end of this academic year I have been assessing the impact of my teaching on Early Years / Foundation and Key Stage 1 Classes across the schools where I teach.
I am seeing some remarkable improvements, which include most children:
- Filing into the hall quietly and sitting in Good Sitting quietly for a few minutes
- Standing remarkably still in Stick Posture , again for a few minutes
- Performing a sequence of postures called the Sun Game in unison...brilliant
- Leading the class in the Sun Game
- Laying still for around five minutes in Ladybird Relaxation with eyes closed
- Performing a variety of postures independently
In addition, children are:
• Saying please and thank you to each other more often
• Listening more intently
• Working better together in team games
• Speaking louder in the hall
• Putting up hands to ask questions instead of shouting out
Do you know what? Not once have I used a story approach.
My message is simple…
All you folk out there flogging to death yoga stories about tramping through forests , climbing trees, meeting tigers and monkeys and making phone calls from the jungle….
PLEASE STOP! IN THE NAME OF PROFESSIONALISM …JUST STOP! .
Instead use a games approach within a structured lesson.
When you are structured your classroom management skills improve and you will achieve your goals. Structure does not mean rigidity. In fact working within a structure helps inject more pace into the lesson. Pace is key when teaching children - anything. In addition you’ll have more fun and you will feel that you are in control.
When your sessions reflect those elements you will have a greater positive impact on the social skills and behaviours and ultimately self esteem of the children you teach. And, dare I say, on your own self esteem too.