Would You Hand Pupils the Power?

What’s happening on Friday? Thousands of UK schoolchildren are preparing to walk out of lessons on Friday as part of a nationwide strike to protest global inaction on climate change. Following the example of Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old activist who held a three-week protest outside the Swedish parliament, students across the globe have been holding ‘Fridays for the Future’ strikes to raise awareness of escalating climate change and demand immediate action from politicians. The growing movement will make its way to the UK for the first time on 15 February, ahead of a planned global strike on 15 March. Greta’s … Continue reading Would You Hand Pupils the Power?

Teaching: A Two-Way Street

There’s probably not a teacher out there who hasn’t had that conversation. The one where you’re being introduced to someone for the first time and they ask what you do. You tell them you’re a teacher, and they smile, nod and say something along the lines of, ‘How rewarding. Knowing that you’re shaping future generations. It must be great to share your knowledge with young people.’ And it is. Mostly. Of course, I’d be lying if I said there weren’t days when I’d rather poke out my eyes with a blunt stick than stand in front of a class, but … Continue reading Teaching: A Two-Way Street

Marmite or Vanilla: What Flavour of Teacher Are You?

Courting popularity is a fool’s game. Of course it is. That’s that we tell the young people in our care. Yet how many of us have cast envious glances at the colleague who’s adored by the kids and has all those gushing ‘thank you/we’ll miss you’ cards pinned above the desk to prove it? Let’s face it, most of us like to be liked. And life is generally easier if you’re able to win the goodwill of others. Particularly when you play to an audience of hundreds daily. Unfortunately, we can’t all be the cookies and cream teacher, partly because … Continue reading Marmite or Vanilla: What Flavour of Teacher Are You?

Behaviour Management Techniques: Always Take the Weather with You

We’ve all had those classes: like tornados, they descend into the classroom, causing chaos and raising the temperature of even the most glacial teacher. This class can be a forecast of worry, stress and exasperation for you. How can you … Continue reading Behaviour Management Techniques: Always Take the Weather with You

#SpeedPD: Remembering Names is Hard

If you’re anything like me, remembering the names of every single student you teach can be a challenge. Here are some handy tips that you can use to remember them! Icebreaker games! Have each student introduce themselves with a memorable fact before recalling as many as you can or ask each student to describe themselves an alliterative adjective and try to use it for the first few lessons! Look up during the register! Put a name and a ‘here’ to a face by looking up and making eye contact during the register. With a smile, obviously! Hand out the exercise … Continue reading #SpeedPD: Remembering Names is Hard

Which Words Do You Love to Hate and Love to Love?

Content writer Katrina is a big fan of language. Just don’t mention ‘moist’. I’ve recently been reading a best-seller dedicated to giving a larger audience to some of the greatest correspondence in history. The author of the book, and the blog it derives from, isn’t elitist. He gives equal page space to letters from famous authors and presidents, school teachers and teenagers. One of my favourites from the first collection is a letter written by an ex-copywriter who quit his job in advertising with the dream of being a screenwriter. His covering introduction for the job at MGM is actually … Continue reading Which Words Do You Love to Hate and Love to Love?