A friend who is a secondary teacher had an MP in to talk to students recently. It wasn’t the local Conservative MP for her area – she’d tried them and they were too busy with the current situation at … Continue reading Why Do Teachers Need to Be Politically Neutral?
Students need role models; they need someone to aspire to, to look up to, to make them think I could do that. Despite great strides in sexual equality, all too often these role models are male – after all, women … Continue reading Five Inspirational Women We Should Be Talking About To Students
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