Back to the blog after being back full-time in the classroom!

I’ve had a bit of a hiatus from writing here after taking up a full-time teaching post at a wonderful little school post Christmas. That along with another writing project (which I’ll be giving some hints about at the end) has meant this blog has been neglected. But, I’m back and after one and a… Continue reading Back to the blog after being back full-time in the classroom!

Happy new year! What can you try in the classroom in 2019?

I have been very quiet on my blog and on twitter recently. Mostly because like most people in December, I found myself overrun with things to do. But in some part because I was spent. Now though (after a lovely break), I’m back, and as it’s the new year I thought I would suggest some… Continue reading Happy new year! What can you try in the classroom in 2019?

The festive season is coming – can we take advantage of this as teachers to give our students a boost before the break?

December is nearly here. This means we only have a few weeks left with our students before they go off for their two weeks holiday. It spells the end of the long, sometimes frustrating Autumn term, and the prospect of the Spring term, or ‘progress term’ as some of my previous head teachers referred to… Continue reading The festive season is coming – can we take advantage of this as teachers to give our students a boost before the break?

Steps to success when thinking about supply teaching

Once upon a time, I was very sceptical about the idea of supply teaching. You see supply teachers and you wonder what they do in class all day with their ‘temporary class’ who they may never see again. In the staff room, you sometimes see them eating their lunch alone; not always engaging. I used… Continue reading Steps to success when thinking about supply teaching

We’re lucky to be teachers. I’m lucky to be a teacher – and I should reflect on that more.

The anger from parents and teachers at the chancellor’s ‘little extras’ comment yesterday in the budget announcement first got me retweeting furiously (specifically the BBC article about it). It then made me sigh slightly as I realised that the first day back for some of us after half-term would already begin with frustration. With this… Continue reading We’re lucky to be teachers. I’m lucky to be a teacher – and I should reflect on that more.

Marking – Leave a mark on your students, not on you.

Arguably, marking is the most time consuming aspect of our job as teachers. No matter what year group, no matter what subject, it does take a great deal of our time and our effort. However, it is also arguably one of the most important aspects of our jobs if done right. But is it always… Continue reading Marking – Leave a mark on your students, not on you.

Take a look in the mirror! Self-reflection is the best thing for self-development.

Last week, I wrote about tips for getting through the long Autumn term without burning yourself out. But, we’re professionals, so it’s not only about survival for us, it’s also about improving, developing and making sure we can always deliver to the best of our abilities. That’s where self-reflection comes in. My NQT mentor was… Continue reading Take a look in the mirror! Self-reflection is the best thing for self-development.

Halfway to half-term. Halfway to an empty tank. How can we avoid burning out as teachers?

We're approaching the halfway point of the first Autumn half term. The long one. The dark one. The wet one... The weather is closing in. The light is fading fast, and now after a good few weeks with our classes, they're probably going to start testing your boundaries a bit more. They become tired, and… Continue reading Halfway to half-term. Halfway to an empty tank. How can we avoid burning out as teachers?

Pressure, pressure, pressure… With Ofsted’s admission that it ‘fuels teaching-to-test’ will it make a change?

I'm sure we all read the article, or at least saw its headline, which was posted on the BBC yesterday in which Ofsted chief Amanda Spielman admitted that her inspection teams put too much weight on tests and exam results when rating our schools. But what, if any, change will this admission bring? Will it… Continue reading Pressure, pressure, pressure… With Ofsted’s admission that it ‘fuels teaching-to-test’ will it make a change?

Differentiation does not just mean different worksheets…

Most of us are into our second week of teaching with our new class which means we're starting to get some understanding of where our students are at, what their needs are and how we are going to make sure this is a successful year. The word that comes to every teacher's mind at this… Continue reading Differentiation does not just mean different worksheets…