Know a stressed teacher or two? It’s no surprise when you consider the recent revelations on teacher working hours and their never-changing work-life balance… Continue reading Work-Life Balance: Is a 50-Hour Week the New Normal?
As I get older, I am starting to embrace some facets of middle age: comfortable shoes, sensible bedtimes, a strange fondness for Philip Schofield. The things I looked on as sad, or clichéd, as a chipper young twenty-year-old, now have … Continue reading Lesson Planning: It’s an Oldie but a Goodie!
This blog features five top tips to help you manage the transition back to the classroom, after six stress-free weeks! Continue reading Back to School: Five Strategies to Keep You Sane
Being the NQT is hard work, but you’ve done it! You’re no longer the new teacher – and here are the signs that prove it! Continue reading 5 Signs You’re No Longer the ‘New Teacher’
Hindsight is a wonderful thing. There’s probably not a teacher out there who hasn’t thought if only at one time or another. And the NQT year is one of the most fruitful if only times there is. When you’re in … Continue reading 5 Things You Wish You’d Done as an NQT
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
Though secondary school teachers are of course experts in their chosen fields, it’s probably fair to state that most of us have an Achilles heel. Mine is poetry. Fellow English teachers extol the emotional connection that they had with a poem, while the emotional connection I typically experience is deep confusion. The Cox Report (1989), which helped to establish the national curriculum as we know it, brilliantly described poetry as ‘language made strange’, though chances are its author foresaw the students finding it alien rather than those charged with teaching it. Remarkably, the poetry essays I wrote at university all … Continue reading What’s Your Achilles’ Heel?
You’ve been in your new post for a term and pocket change at this point – you’ve probably got most of the behavioural quirks down but you’re finding that as half-term approaches, new challenges are beginning to appear… time to do some sleuthing. Hold Firm It’s tempting to step off the gas regarding classroom management as you settle into your role. Why not, after all? The kids start to take a greater liking to you as you begin to show more of your personality and you become more comfortable in front of them – but don’t let your students mistake … Continue reading 4 Behaviour Tips to Share with Your NQT
I’m a sucker for a craze. Unless it’s flossing, which I think is distinctly overrated. But the current fad for decluttering, made so popular by Marie Kondo, has infected me. I love the concept of only keeping things if they still spark joy. It feels so cleansing. Inspired, I decided I will declutter my house; I’ll start at the top, and work down. And so, one afternoon, I find myself climbing up into my loft, braving the spiders and the cobwebs and the gross thing in the corner which is probably just a dust bunny but in my imagination is … Continue reading Remember Why You Love Teaching
NQT Advice: Handy to know! Whether you’ve simply got an NQT joining the department or you’re taking on an NQT as a mentor, it’s always handy to have a little NQT advice to hand for when things start getting a … Continue reading NQT Advice: Five Things to Tell Your NQT