Breaking Bad’s Walter White is a teaching inspiration

Miss Honey, Albus Dumbledore, Professor Xavier…Popular culture is loaded with passionate, inspiring educators who go above and beyond to help their struggling students succeed in remarkable conditions. Tes reports.

They’re great teachers – aspirational even – but they won’t help you with your day-to-day classroom challenges. No: for that you need to look no further than Breaking Bad ’s own Walter White. “Wasn’t he a chemistry-teacher-turned-world-class-drug-lord and extremely violent criminal?” I hear you ask. Why yes, he was, but his career is a lesson in effective teaching (minus, you know, the meth stuff…).

Here are five things NQTs can learn from Heisenberg about running their classroom.

Set your standards high and never falter

Think back to series one: when Walt and Jesse Pinkman made their first batch of blue, it was grainy and inconsistent and – much to Jesse’s disgust – Walt bins it. It’s here that we can bring in Teacher Standard 1: set high expectations. Poor effort from students in lessons will lead to poor outcomes.

Read more ways NQTs can learn from Walt…sort of Breaking Bad’s Walter White is a teaching inspiration 

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