Christmas 2020 with Beyond

Staggered? Don’t Be.

It’s been easy to feel snowed under this term with teaching combined with masks, bubbles, open windows, social distancing, litres and litres of alcohol gel (if only it was drinkable…) and pupils randomly in and out of school. But at … Continue reading Staggered? Don’t Be.

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Beyond’s Latest & Greatest Secondary Resources

Did you know that in between teaching, ranting, and blogging, we also create secondary teaching resources! If you’re looking to plug some gaps in your lesson plan, need some inspiration, or fancy having some evenings to yourself this week, dive in and take a look at some of our latest and greatest resources. Continue reading Beyond’s Latest & Greatest Secondary Resources

Classroom Equipment: Which Classic Is the Greatest Ever?

The egotists among us might consider themselves stars of the classroom, yet no flesh and bone teacher can ever compete with the giddy excitement induced by the true icons of teaching. Here we count-down the all-time top five pieces of … Continue reading Classroom Equipment: Which Classic Is the Greatest Ever?

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

Making Marking Manageable

I read an article recently about a school that had stopped teachers from marking altogether. Instead, every two weeks, the teachers had a one to one with pupils to discuss their work… Can you imagine how liberating that would feel? Unfortunately, most of us aren’t lucky enough to work in a school like that and marking becomes one of the most difficult things to manage as a result. Until your school stops marking entirely, here are some of the things I find helpful to make it manageable: Strategic speaking and listening units: I always look at my year as a whole … Continue reading Making Marking Manageable

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?