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

What’s Your Achilles’ Heel?

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?

4 Behaviour Tips to Share with Your NQT

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

Remember Why You Love Teaching

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: Five Things to Tell Your NQT

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