What teachers need to know about classroom culture and social norms

David Didau


One way to improve students’ behaviour is to understand and make use of some of the findings from social psychology about the ways in which people respond to social norms. This session will explore some of ways in which ‘normative messages’ can either unwittingly communicate negative messages or be explicitly harnessed to communicate more positive messages.



English Lead, author
Ormiston Academies Trust

David Didau is the English Lead at Ormiston Academies Trust. A prominent, often outspoken commentator on social media, his blog, The Learning Spy, is one of the most influential education blogs in the UK, and he has written a series of books that challenge our assumptions such as Making Kids Cleverer, Intelligent Accountability and Making Meaning in English.

Link to interview researchED NL 2020


Translated in Dutch (by Jan Tishauser):

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