Sneak Some Literacy Into Your Lessons

Teaching Standard 3 includes the following: ‘Demonstrate an understanding of and take responsibility for promoting high standards of literacy, articulacy and the correct use of Standard English, whatever their specialist subject.’ Is this really fair? With everything else you have to include in your own subject lessons, how can you be expected to include literacy standards and a focus on Standard English too? Surely that’s the job of the English department? Actually, this standard is really important. You need to be able to demonstrate your own understanding and accurate use of Standard English in a range of different ways: report … Continue reading Sneak Some Literacy Into Your Lessons

How to Deal with Teenage Girl Fallouts

Debi offers her advice on dealing with fallouts between teenage girls. Debi is a former pastoral manager, head of year and head of house. Girls, girls, girls! Boy’s fallouts are usually forgotten by the end of break but girls can hold a grudge for years. With social media this can often escalate from one comment to an entire circus.  Here are a few pointers to help nip the situation in the bud. Hold a meeting with the two main ‘offenders’. Hold a separate meeting with any other girls involved and tell them to stay out of it. Ask them to … Continue reading How to Deal with Teenage Girl Fallouts

Top Tips: Applying for Jobs

Even if you have been teaching a while, writing an application for a new role can seem just as daunting as when you wrote your first application all those years ago. Here are some tips for writing applications: Action with impact Make sure everything you include in your application also includes the impact that action had. Delivered intervention to a small group? Include information about the progress they made, with data if possible. Supported the school concert? Make sure you mention how this developed student relationships, school-to-home relationships or your understanding of health and safety. Be specific You have to … Continue reading Top Tips: Applying for Jobs

Behaviour Management Techniques: Always Take the Weather with You

We’ve all had those classes: like tornados, they descend into the classroom, causing chaos and raising the temperature of even the most glacial teacher. This class can be a forecast of worry, stress and exasperation for you. How can you … Continue reading Behaviour Management Techniques: Always Take the Weather with You

Wellbeing: Practise What You Teach

Imagine the scene: you encounter a pupil, weeping in the playground. You go up and ask them what’s wrong, and they tell you they’re struggling with their homework. It’s all too much. They can’t cope. Or, you become worried about a student in your form who is looking increasingly dishevelled, and constantly exhausted. They’re not sleeping, they tell you. They can’t. They’re too stressed about their exams. Or, you discover that a student in your class is skipping lunch. Every day. Not because they’ve no appetite, but because they want to fit in half an hour of revision in the … Continue reading Wellbeing: Practise What You Teach

How Do You Deal with Lesson Observation Feedback?

If you’ve happened to read my blog post titled ‘Seven Top Tips for NQTs’ you’ll have no doubt read point five which was summarised as ‘Sometimes, Feedback Isn’t Pleasant’. No one enjoys criticism and even if the observer is as nice as pie, sometimes you can come away feeling defeated and demoralised. This got me thinking. How can you handle lesson observation feedback in a positive and constructive way? Organise a Time and Place If given the option, avoid immediate feedback but organise a meeting immediately.  This is for two reasons. First of all, you’re likely to want some time … Continue reading How Do You Deal with Lesson Observation Feedback?

Quick Questions To Ask A Colleague

Teaching can be quite an isolating job at times. We’re busy at work and we’re busy at home. We get rarely socialise as much as we should and some days, we barely even speak to another adult at all. Amanda shares five questions you should take time out of your day to ask a colleague. Continue reading Quick Questions To Ask A Colleague

#SpeedPD: How to Survive Parents’ Evening

After a long day of teaching, parents’ evening can feel like the last thing you need. But speaking to parents can be a really useful experience, especially if you are prepared. Read our hints and tips in this blog post. Continue reading #SpeedPD: How to Survive Parents’ Evening

Is a Paperless Classroom Possible?

Last year, we saw a massive public response to reduce the impact of plastic waste in our oceans, owing largely to the impact of Sir David Attenborough and his documentary Blue Planet II had on us. But let’s face it, plastic isn’t the only culprit to have a damaging impact on our environment. In our classroom we use huge amounts of paper and paper products; be it graph paper, lined paper, tracing paper, plain paper, printing, photocopying, exercise books, jotters, scrap paper, display backing paper… I’m certain this is not an exhaustive list. Perhaps it is the lesser of two evils? … Continue reading Is a Paperless Classroom Possible?