Your teacher training or professional development course will now probably include Masters level assessment and credits as teaching ‘becomes an M-level profession’ and a greater emphasis is placed on helping teachers develop deeper understandings about aspects of learning and teaching through a higher level of critical reflection.Learning and Teaching at M-Level will guide you through the various different aspects of doing M-level work at either the primary or secondary level, and help you to develop a deeper professional understanding. Your ability to research and understand learning environments will form a key part of making you an inquisitive and better teacher, and engagement with research underpins the book.  

Observing Children

Observing children

In this chapter you will explore:

  • How children behave
  • Children behaving in ways that make sense to them
  • Observing children
  • Motivation
  • Behaviour for learning
  • Looking for learning
  • Ability
  • Hidden curriculum


In this chapter we ask you to consider issues related to the kind of behaviours that you might see children adopt in lessons.

How Children Behave in Classrooms

The issue that probably exercises the minds of all experienced and novice teachers is that of children's behaviour. Our attention tends to get drawn to the immediate demands of teaching a class of children and therefore on the observable behaviours that children may present, rather than considering why children behave in the ways that they do. We may be fairly sure that in general children will behave in ways that make sense to them, even ...

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