Teacher Standards: If Other Professionals Were Judged like Teachers…

Judging a professional on unforeseeable circumstances is obviously unfair – yet teacher standards are judged all the time! I wonder what it would be like if others were treated the same way? Like doctors, for example, or maybe dentists… Continue reading Teacher Standards: If Other Professionals Were Judged like Teachers…

A Successful Day at School

Here’s a handy checklist to ensure you have a successful day at school. Confiscate 3 phones, lend a tie that never returns and tell everyone to tuck their shirts in a few times before the end of form time. Remind your eager year 7s in period 1 that lining up to show you their first sentence isn’t necessary. You’ll mark it later. Explain that body spray is not a substitute for taking a shower to those year 9 boys during period 2. Spend your 15 minutes of break trying, and failing, to do some printing. Either because the queue is … Continue reading A Successful Day at School

Five Things to Tell Your NQT

It gets easier. I know you’ve finished the end of a day with tears welling in your eyes. It’s a shock to the system: the sudden realisation of the responsibility you have; the challenge of a new school with new rules and new students and new staff and lots of newness to contend with; the underlying worry that you aren’t ready/old enough/good enough to do this. It’s a steep learning curve, but it’s ok, you’re going to make it and it’s going to make you better. Ask for help. That lovely mentor you’ve been given? Use her. That buddy you’ve … Continue reading Five Things to Tell Your NQT

How Do You Deal with Lesson Observation Feedback?

If you’ve happened to read my blog post titled ‘Seven Top Tips for NQTs’ you’ll have no doubt read point five which was summarised as ‘Sometimes, Feedback Isn’t Pleasant’. No one enjoys criticism and even if the observer is as nice as pie, sometimes you can come away feeling defeated and demoralised. This got me thinking. How can you handle lesson observation feedback in a positive and constructive way? Organise a Time and Place If given the option, avoid immediate feedback but organise a meeting immediately.  This is for two reasons. First of all, you’re likely to want some time … Continue reading How Do You Deal with Lesson Observation Feedback?

How Can You Tackle Lesson Observation Anxiety?

I always hated lesson observations – not because I wasn’t a confident teacher, far from it in fact. I simply couldn’t stomach the nerves that came before them, even when I felt ready, prepared and everything was in order. So, what can you do to beat observation nerves? Don’t Overthink It! In my early teaching days, I often made mistake of securing the tablet trolley, printing QR codes, planning oodles of group work and hoping to dazzle the observer with a song and dance of a lesson. It should come as no surprise that this stuff often went wrong. The … Continue reading How Can You Tackle Lesson Observation Anxiety?

Teacher Stories – Is This Lesson Every Teacher’s Worst Nightmare?

Everyone loves good teacher stories, whether anecdotal or otherwise! Penny SK’s teacher story however, sets a new benchmark! It might just be every teachers’ worst nightmare… Continue reading Teacher Stories – Is This Lesson Every Teacher’s Worst Nightmare?