Paws for learning by @MartindaleJenny

[pullquote]two key things: The language that you use and the steps you take to get your ‘pupil’ to the end goal[/pullquote]

To clarify – I did mean to spell paws in that way and I am not trying to be controversial, radical or implement some fantastical new teaching concept into education.

This ‘In Brief’ Article Originally appeared in the October 2015 Edition of UKEdMagazine.
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It’s just that after twelve years as a Secondary English teacher and ten years as a Miniature Schnauzer owner, I have found there’s quite a few similarities between teaching teens and teaching Schnauzers dancing. All I can ask is that you wait three or four sentences before you shoot me down in a ball of flames. Just as Victor Frankenstein created his own ‘monster’ as first time dog owners, myself and my husband were definitely heading towards disaster.

Luckily, in the nick of time, it was averted through meeting a great dog trainer. Fundamentally it boils down to two key things: the language that you use and the steps you take to get your ‘pupil’ to the end goal.

Training a dog to competition standard requires accuracy and brevity with language use. This is then interlinked with rigorous focus upon achievement of key skills through repetition and testing how secure the skill is when faced with different variables, which you may have noticed is a lot like preparing students for exams.


@MartindaleJenny Carlisle – Secondary English Teacher

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