I am not going to pour slush all over you with a post about teachers being modern day superheroes (largely because I did that last week anyway). No. I am talking about the day to day supreme talents that teachers develop. Those who teach, you should recognise some of these. Those who are about to… […]Read more "Teachers Have Superpowers"
When my little brother and I were in primary school, one of the teachers used to sometimes call him by name, because he had taught us both, and then every time he made the error, he promised to give my little brother some kind of sweet. It turned it into a bit of a game. […]Read more "But That’s Not My Name"
The first year of being a teacher is not unlike the first year of secondary school for a pupil. Just like the step into year seven, you are led by your older and initiated peers to expect to be destroyed by the children at your new school. You get the odd sense that you need […]Read more "A Terribly Candid Letter to New Teachers"
As we all mentally steel ourselves for the September classroom, lots of us will be going in as subject leaders. For those doing it for the first time, this can be as bamboozling as it is exciting. As a subject leader, you hover delicately between classroom footsoldier and school leader, and it can require an […]Read more "7 Tips for Primary Subject Leaders"
I think that a lot of what we do in primary schools as praise-giving actually perpetuates quite negative messages and can be demotivating to many pupils. I appreciate that schools need systems, though I think a problem in many schools – my own included – is that for a very long time we have done […]Read more "How Gold Stars Ruin Stuff"
Like you, I have ideals. I have ideal occupations and ideal holidays, ideal weekends and ideal hobbies. If I was to browse a job website and my ideal job was being advertised though, I might not apply for it. If I had an opportunity to go on my ideal holiday next week, I might not […]Read more "Jeremy Corbyn and our Fear of Ideals"