During my first few years as a teacher, the start of lessons was always a challenge. Stressful and chaotic, smooth transitions required expert precision and a mind-bogglingly complex check list: greet pupils at the door, hand out books, hand out worksheets, prepare experiment equipment, log behaviour points for those behaving, manage the kids as they stroll in, take the register, give out pens to the forgetful- and so on. The list felt endless, yet this all had to happen within the first few minutes of every lesson. It was exhausting, and I never really felt in control.
It may seem…
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