The Creative Teacher Project

An NQT Bringing Creativity to the Classroom

Introducing Mrs Tolliver…

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Take a look at this clip if you get the chance. Mrs Tolliver is a Maths and Communication Arts teacher in the Bronx, New York City. Firstly, why don’t we get to study Communication Arts in Australia? Sounds brilliant! The clip is a little long, just over half an hour, but if you have the time, please do take a look and check out the techniques she uses to get her class interested and stay interested!

We saw this today in my Classroom Management tutorial. We were focussing ton our ‘anticipatory sets’ as described by Madeline Hunter, whereby we whet the appetites of our class, and introduce the topic and objective of that lesson. This clip was shown as the teacher, the inimitable Mrs Tolliver, uses such a range of techniques to draw out this excitement to learn from her students. You can tell just by the way they speak about her that they love her classes!

My head says you don’t start out day one being a teacher like this. My head says only experienced teachers can get away with this, you know, the one’s that aren’t afraid of student riots  in their class, and the ones that know how to handle kids. But my head says, “wouldn’t it be great if I could use some of this on prac?”. We shall see…

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