Mr D has a few tricks for newbies

HANDY HINTS: Geoff Dieckmann has written four e-books on teaching and parenting.
HANDY HINTS: Geoff Dieckmann has written four e-books on teaching and parenting. Inga Williams

IF YEARS of trying to get the best out of Ipswich's next generation has taught Geoff Dieckmann anything, it is that you can't achieve much by doing nothing.

The mission statement of his four new educational e-books is something that students may have heard him bleat out in the classroom over the years.

The phrase "Stop Jellyfishing Around" sums up what Mr Dieckmann is trying to get across not only to students, but to parents and to his fellow educators.

He has packed all of his 40 years of experience in to each of his books: Mr D's Classroom Hints, Mr D's Lessons for Life, Mr D's Survival Guide for Parents and Mr D's Teaching and Classroom Management Hints for Beginning Teachers.

"I stated putting my ideas down about five years ago, but I had always been keen on teaching study and exam preparation skills," Mr Dieckmann said.

"I was in charge of the Year 11s at Ipswich Grammar for 20 years and I was always battering the children with these skills, as well as life skills."

The concept of the survival guide started out as something that Mr Dieckmann would distribute among the parents of his students for free, but he decided to expand on his range of topics and turn it into a series of helpful guides.

"Kids face a number of hurdles during high school," he said.

"There is procrastination, handing in drafts, the social scene and social media.

"I try to tell my students that if you are not prepared to stand up at a school assembly and announce it to all, then don't put it on social media."

As a bloke from the small farming area of Obum Obum, near Kalbar, who first gained his teaching qualifications at 19, Mr Dieckmann also has a few hints for beginning teachers.

His 10 hints for new teachers have been compressed down into a 20-page book, which he said focused on classroom management and maintaining a productive relationship with students. The four e-books have just gone on sale.

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