Three ways to be a better teacher – by using magic

The magician knows that they have to keep their audience’s attention, speak at the perfect time, use the perfect words, pull off the right moves and constantly work to patch over any mistakes they might make.  Teacher-magician William Lismore writes in Tes.

Through a mixture of misdirection, suggestion and showmanship, the spectators leave with a sense of awe. They have witnessed the impossible. 

Now go back and replace “magician” with “teacher”. Our spectators are students, but the routines we perform are as well planned and prepared as any magic trick. Just like magicians, we work to keep the attention of a crowd, and aim to have our audiences leave with the same sense of awe. 

Teachers are often bad at showmanship. It is not about being a charismatic, all-singing, all-dancing master of happiness who creates custom handshakes with each Year 7.

Read the full article and how you can use a little magic in your classroom  Three ways to be a better teacher – by using magic 

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