Professional Development for Quality Teaching


Tough Love

Published: Jul 2020
15 mins


Former Teacher of the Year David Torn, has a reputation for being able to tame the most difficult classes. Behaviour expert John Bayley observes him in action as he tackles the first day of school with a Year 9 class.

David establishes his authority from the outset, vetting each pupil for smartness as they file through the door, then escorting them personally to their allotted seat.

The rules are strict and the penalties severe; one warning for forgotten books and detentions thereafter draws groans from the class. But a hint of humour and a revelation from his past explains his exacting standards.

After 25 minutes of tough love, David changes tack and rewards the class with some fun. By the end of the lesson the class has been shocked and intrigued into submission. But will it last?

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