Five Things to Tell Your NQT

It gets easier. I know you’ve finished the end of a day with tears welling in your eyes. It’s a shock to the system: the sudden realisation of the responsibility you have; the challenge of a new school with new rules and new students and new staff and lots of newness to contend with; the underlying worry that you aren’t ready/old enough/good enough to do this. It’s a steep learning curve, but it’s ok, you’re going to make it and it’s going to make you better. Ask for help. That lovely mentor you’ve been given? Use her. That buddy you’ve … Continue reading Five Things to Tell Your NQT

Teacher Stories – Is This Lesson Every Teacher’s Worst Nightmare?

Everyone loves good teacher stories, whether anecdotal or otherwise! Penny SK’s teacher story however, sets a new benchmark! It might just be every teachers’ worst nightmare… Continue reading Teacher Stories – Is This Lesson Every Teacher’s Worst Nightmare?

When Is Good Enough, Good Enough?

All my life, I’ve been a perfectionist. Give me a task and I’ll want to do it, not just well, but perfectly. I’ve always wanted to be top of the class. I’ve wanted to have the gold star. I’ve wanted to be the one who wins. And then I became a teacher. It started off well enough. In my NQT year, my university supervisor commented on how immaculately I had arranged my evidence folders. Perfectly labelled, perfectly filed, perfectly annotated. Colleagues were shown examples of my exemplary marking. I was asked to lead a CPD session on inspiring lower ability … Continue reading When Is Good Enough, Good Enough?

Impostor Syndrome: Why Do Teachers Second-Guess Themselves?

I remember my first ‘outstanding’ observation – An English Language A-Level lesson with a class of eleven students. I recall the self-doubt that told me my lesson was poorly planned and headed for a disaster before I walked through the door. What makes teachers question their ability to do the job they’re trained to do? The First ‘Outstanding’ The lesson started out with a couple of latecomers, more absentees than I’d have wanted and the invasion of a particularly large spider from the ceiling five minutes in. I was polite but firm with the latecomers, didn’t waste time getting the … Continue reading Impostor Syndrome: Why Do Teachers Second-Guess Themselves?

Twinkl Secondary – What’s the Point?

I am fantastic at planning lessons. In fact I would go so far as to say that planning and creating resources is my absolute strongest suit as a teacher. During my five rollercoaster years in the classroom if you had told me, “Don’t worry about thinking through the minutiae of your lesson structure and putting together a fabulous PowerPoint, someone else is going to do that for you. All you need to do is teach,” then I would have been a little bit taken aback. That was my favourite part of the job. Roll forwards to now: I’ve been working … Continue reading Twinkl Secondary – What’s the Point?

NQT Year: Seven Top Tips for Surviving

Your NQT year is perhaps among the most challenging of your teaching career and there are plenty of teachers willing to offer advice that’ll help you survive it.
Here are seven top tips for your NQT year that I found particularly useful – based on my own experiences in the classroom. Continue reading NQT Year: Seven Top Tips for Surviving