5 Things on a Teacher’s Mind during a Meeting

Meetings are important. Or so we’re told. They keep a department up-to-date on important developments. Brief a whole school on wide-reaching changes. And sometimes… just bore us to tears. “Why don’t we have food?” One of the reasons you might … Continue reading 5 Things on a Teacher’s Mind during a Meeting

There’s Something Wrong With Detentions

Detention: Punishment for Staff and Students Alike? The seconds tick interminably by. The clockface on the classroom wall seems to smirk, “Keep looking at me and I’ll go slower still.” Someone begins tapping on their desk. The atmosphere in the … Continue reading There’s Something Wrong With Detentions

Is It Time to Get Rid of School Uniform For Good?

There are many once-commonplace practices that the education profession now looks back on with a certain level of bemusement and/or horror: corporal punishment, copperplate handwriting, chalk and talk. Is school uniform ready to join the list of relics? Changing Fashions … Continue reading Is It Time to Get Rid of School Uniform For Good?

Cleaning Classrooms and Getting Kids Out of a Mess

Spring clean strategies that could make school a little less rubbishy. A cross-curricular lesson that all students should learn is that picking up somebody else’s discarded crisp packet or water bottle will not give them cooties. Better yet (especially if this fear of physical garbage is genuine and not, as is suspected, fabricated conceptual garbage), let’s not drop things in the first place. Littering seems to be a peculiarly British disease. Colleagues who’ve taught in Dubai and Shanghai speak in reverential tones about pristine classroom environments. Those who’ve travelled to Europe, North America or Australasia don’t note quite such a … Continue reading Cleaning Classrooms and Getting Kids Out of a Mess