Code Switching: What Teachers Need to Know

Code Switching: What Teachers Need to Know

As a black teacher who worked in a predominantly white school for the majority of my career, the art of code switching was nothing new to me. Growing up, I heard my immigrant parents put on their “posh voice” when they spoke to anyone other than family and friends on the phone. For most people of colour, code switching is an essential part of survival and social mobility in the western world. Continue reading Code Switching: What Teachers Need to Know

Speaking School: It’s Like Learning Another Language

Ofsted have an unerring knack of making us feel inadequate. My introduction to this came earlier than most. It came before I was a teacher. Before I’d even thought about becoming a teacher. Fresh out of university, it turned out I didn’t have the world at my feet. Instead, to supplement my limited workplace experience of checkout scanning and pint-pulling, I registered with a temping agency who sent me on a number of instructive assignments. The first was performing admin duties at the Serious Fraud Office where, perhaps unsurprisingly, temp staff weren’t included in briefings. Next came a stint at … Continue reading Speaking School: It’s Like Learning Another Language