Recruiting and Retaining Teachers: Understanding Why Teachers Teach

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Appendix 2

THE WORKING ATMOSPHERE IN THE CLASSROOM: A TEN-LEVEL SCALE

Level 10

You feel completely relaxed and comfortable; able to undertake any form of lesson activity without concern. 'Class control' not really an issue - teacher and pupils working together, enjoying the experiences involved.

Level 9

You feel completely in control of the class and can undertake any sort of classroom activity, but you need to exercise some control/authority at times to maintain a calm and purposeful working atmosphere. This can be done in a friendly and relaxed manner and is no more than a gentle reminder.

Level 8

You can establish and maintain a relaxed and co-operative working atmosphere and undertake any form of classroom activity, but this requires a considerable amount of thought and effort on your part at times. Some forms of lesson activity may be less calm and under control than others.

Level 7

You can undertake any form of lesson activity, but the class may well be rather 'bubbly' and rowdy; there may be minor instances of a few pupils messing around on the fringes of the lesson but they desist when required to do so. No one goes out of their way to annoy you or

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