#TeacherNewYearRevolution: New Year – Fresh Start!

New Year – a perfect time to have a think about some resolutions for the rest of the academic year! Here are three useful ways to inspire and motivate yourself at the start of the year! Reflect on Last Year It’s been and gone, but there are important lessons we can take from the past year to make our present and future even better. What goals did you set for yourself last year? What events happened that you would want to change or improve if you faced them again? What events happened that made you proud or feel successful last … Continue reading #TeacherNewYearRevolution: New Year – Fresh Start!

The #TeacherNewYearRevolution Starts Now!

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!

Winter Wellbeing: How Can I Look After Myself This Christmas?

Forget elf on the shelf; your focus needs to be on yourself and your mental health! Be kind to yourself. Christmas is a busy time in schools with the additional pressures of concerts, Christmas events and managing student excitement as well as your usual duties, not to mention what’s going on outside of school, like visiting family, nights out, present buying and card swapping. After an already exhausting term, you might be spreading yourself even thinner to get everything done. Make sure that you give yourself time to rest, say no when you need to and be realistic about what … Continue reading Winter Wellbeing: How Can I Look After Myself This Christmas?

Mindfulness for Teachers: It’s Okay to Take a Moment…

Teaching is a wonderful, busy, frightening, exhilarating, exhausting and amazing profession. It isn’t just a job; it is a vocation and because of this, it can feel like life is hurtling 100mph down a road that is relentlessly twisting and turning; a constant conveyor belt of marking, meetings and mayhem; a never-ending to-do list that can easily swallow up every spare moment that you have. This kind of workload can be overwhelming and it can be easy to think that you can’t stop, pause for a moment and take a breath, but actually it is important, in fact essential, that … Continue reading Mindfulness for Teachers: It’s Okay to Take a Moment…

Top Tips to Tackle the Marking Workload for Teachers

Marking often feels like a never-ending task – what can you do to get on top of that marking again? We have some ideas below! Self-Marking Having students mark their own work is a stroke of pure genius. Providing students with the answers to a series of questions/tasks means they’ll easily be able to identify fixes, improvements and mistakes in their own work. Immediate reflection like this also means misconceptions can be caught early instead of waiting for you to find the errors later. Avoid Triple Impact Marking Hopefully you work in a school that has a sensible, well-informed marking … Continue reading Top Tips to Tackle the Marking Workload for Teachers

Who is your Starfish?

In her account below, Amanda Varley an English content writer, shares some inspirational words for teachers to hold in mind in challenging situations. A Challenging Environment When I first started teaching, I worked in a school that was widely recognised as serving the most deprived area in the region. For the majority, unemployment was widespread, teenage pregnancy was high and income was low so many of the students that came through our school gates were vulnerable, often we had limited parental support and students simply being in school was something to be appreciated, let alone them having their own pen … Continue reading Who is your Starfish?

#SpeedPD: Plan Your Weekend!

“I should be doing that marking…” – This dog, probably. What are you up to? We believe that the weekend is time to unwind and relax… and no one wants to feel like they’ve wasted their two days of grace each week. Here are some handy tips to make the most of your weekend that you can read in less than a minute! Have something to look forward to! Binge some TV, go on a hike, make dinner reservations… Have a plan! Ditch your work emails. Don’t open them, don’t reply and if you must have email apps installed on your … Continue reading #SpeedPD: Plan Your Weekend!