As I get older, I am starting to embrace some facets of middle age: comfortable shoes, sensible bedtimes, a strange fondness for Philip Schofield. The things I looked on as sad, or clichéd, as a chipper young twenty-year-old, now have … Continue reading Lesson Planning: It’s an Oldie but a Goodie!
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
In response to the #WheresYourHeadAt campaign, we explore the role of mental health first aid in the workplace and why self care is crucial… Continue reading Mental Health First Aid – ‘You Can’t Pour from an Empty Cup’
Be kind to yourself. The Christmas term is an exhausting one and despite the restful holiday, we’re plunged back into that pressure almost immediately in January. If you’ve put tasks off prior to or during the Christmas break, you might feel that pressure all the more. Regardless, make sure that you give yourself time to rest, say no when you need to and be realistic about what you can and can’t do when you return in January. Reframe your thinking. Sometimes we find ourselves in a cycle of negativity when we expect the worst and this can become a self-fulfilling … Continue reading Winter Wellbeing for January
Let’s guess your resolutions for 2019: Eat better. Exercise. Explore a new hobby. Exorcise a bad habit. Are we close? Statistics show that these are the most common resolutions alongside saving money and getting more sleep. Statistics also show that only 50% of people are confident that they can stick to their resolutions while 1 in 5 people admit that their resolutions are overly ambitious and potentially unsustainable. Setting targets to improve our lives naturally comes with the territory of New Year and many of them focus on physical improvements, but one of the most important things people always forget is … Continue reading The #TeacherNewYearRevolution Starts Now!
Back to School Blues If there’s one thing to be said about school holidays, it’s the fact that a lot of social norms go out of the window. We’ll indulge in unusual amounts of alcohol because it’s not a ‘school … Continue reading Back to School: How to Beat ‘The Dread’
Claire Brown writes on loving Christmas and being a fabulous form tutor. Tis the season to be jolly! I absolutely love Christmas: a time filled with fun and excitement, but let’s not forget, a time that can strike fear into teachers around the country. The build-up to Christmas is an emotional roller-coaster for both educators and pupils alike. For some, there will be worries about getting to know new school customs; for others panic about already being a term into a new GCSE course; or for year 11 students, horror at the realisation that they are drawing towards their final calendar … Continue reading Ready for the Form Time Christmas Quiz?
Every now and then you encounter a student who reaffirms why it is we started teaching in the first place. Liam is one of these pupils – have you ever met Liam? Liam is why I teach… Continue reading Why I Teach: Have You Ever Met Liam?