At the risk of being lynched by colleagues, I’m going to suggest that my own subject – English – is more ‘rigorous’ than other subjects. By which I mean it’s far more planning and assessment heavy. Yes, I’m looking at you, PE and IT… please don’t pound on me PE teachers, I never did like contact sports! Beyond explores teacher equality in the classroom… Continue reading All Teachers Are Equal, but Some Teachers Are More Equal Than Others
Know a stressed teacher or two? It’s no surprise when you consider the recent revelations on teacher working hours and their never-changing work-life balance… Continue reading Work-Life Balance: Is a 50-Hour Week the New Normal?
This blog features five top tips to help you manage the transition back to the classroom, after six stress-free weeks! Continue reading Back to School: Five Strategies to Keep You Sane
Being the NQT is hard work, but you’ve done it! You’re no longer the new teacher – and here are the signs that prove it! Continue reading 5 Signs You’re No Longer the ‘New Teacher’
Hindsight is a wonderful thing. There’s probably not a teacher out there who hasn’t thought if only at one time or another. And the NQT year is one of the most fruitful if only times there is. When you’re in … Continue reading 5 Things You Wish You’d Done as an NQT
NQT Advice: Handy to know! Whether you’ve simply got an NQT joining the department or you’re taking on an NQT as a mentor, it’s always handy to have a little NQT advice to hand for when things start getting a … Continue reading NQT Advice: Five Things to Tell Your NQT
Which teacher stereotype are you? The way you conduct yourself may be more telling than you think! Continue reading Which Teacher Stereotype Are You?
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?
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?
I remember my first ‘outstanding’ observation – An English Language A-Level lesson with a class of eleven students. I recall the self-doubt and the onset of impostor syndrome that told me my lesson was poorly planned and headed for a … Continue reading Impostor Syndrome: Why Do Teachers Second-Guess Themselves?