During one of the standard visits to see family and friends recently, I came across a childhood game that had captured the imaginations of many a youngster in my generation…Scalextrics!
A friend of mine had bought the classic car racing game for his five-year old son and I could not turn down the opportunity of a race…with the reasoning of showing my 11-month old daughter how it works ***cough, cough***.
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Whilst trying to avoid the obstacle of my daughter attempting to catch the cars, we were interrupted by the arrival of another family friend. The race was halted to greet with pleasure, or displeasure depending upon your take of the role, our guest who was a former Ofsted inspector.
It was at this point that he mentioned in 12 years of undertaking school assessments, Scalextrics was in fact the best behaviour management tool he had seen.
The message to the children was clear. Behave and you will earn your race time. Ignore the rules and you will miss out. Our friend explained how the strategy had an instant impact and even expanded to learning, with statistics from races utilised in Maths lessons.
Following the behaviour improvements came increased attendance, better results and a change of atmosphere within the entire school.
It got me thinking about what other inventive strategies are being used across the education system. I have utilised various different ideas but must have only scraped the surface with what is out there.
Education should be about sharing best practice just as our friend did.
My challenge to you is to express a new idea to a colleague or Tweet your favourite ones to myself and the teaching community through @chrisbourne2win. Let’s continue to inspire a generation and be the radiators in the education system.
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