#118 Adele Bates: Behaviour and relationships

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This episode of the Mr Barton Maths Podcast is kindly supported by Cambridge Assessment.

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Hello, and welcome to another episode of the Mr Barton Maths Podcast, with me Craig Barton.

This time around I spoke to Adele Bates.

Friend of the podcast, Dr Helen Williams, recommended I get Adele on the show when we spoke a few months ago. Helen described Adele as – simply brilliant – and I am pleased to say she was absolutely correct.

As you will hear, Adele has had a varied career, from hip-hop opera singer to one of the country;s leading experts on behaviour, having worked in mainstream schools and alternative provision centres.

In a wide ranging conversation,we discussed the following things, and plenty more besides:

  • Why did Adele transition from opera singer to teacher, and what attracts her to the more challenging groups of students?
  • Adele shares her favourite failure and what she learned from the experience
  • We then begin our discussion of all things behaviour
  • Adele shares a great tip for helping teachers to get a sense of the room at the start of the lesson
  • How might teachers deal with a disruptive child who is hindering the learning of others, whilst at the same time allowing for the root cause of the behaviour?
  • Is the debate between advocates of zero-tolerance and those at the other end of the spectrum really as wide as it may seem?
  • And then something particularly timely… how will behaviour have been affected by the pandemic and how might this play out in classrooms?
  • Finally Adele reflects on something important she has changed her mind about.

I found this conversation incredibly fun, practical and insightful. I think there are nuggets in here whether you are early on in your teaching career or very experienced.

On Twitter, Adele is @AdeleBatesZ
Adele’s website is: adelebateseducation.co.uk

Adele Bates’ Big 3:
1. Lisa Cherry
2. Dr Pooky Knightsmith
3. Pran Patel


My usual plugs:


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