This week in my class, I have been reminded of something that happened when I was in Year 8. This week one of my pupils had been becoming really upset in the mornings, just around the time the maths lesson would begin. I thought at first it was that he was genuinely unwell, because he […]Read more "Not Set Correctly"
Being a precocious whipper-snapper whose 21st Birthday cards arrived whilst starting my first year in the classroom , I represent that oddly dislocated ‘parachuted in’ type of young urban TeachFirst teacher we tend quite justifiably to dislike. But a spare a thought for us geographical vagrants who have left behind all of our family and […]Read more "An Ode to Staying Put"
My last post was about the experiences of male primary school teachers, and I made the argument that many men in schools need to do more reflection on the extent to which they benefit from patriarchy and the different gendered expectations placed on men and women. I say this not as someone on a higher […]Read more "Primary Classrooms, Gender and Feminism"
To be a man in a patriarchal society confers unjust privilege on every single man who teaches, no matter how egalitarian, counter-normative or pro-feminist their actions and persuasions. By virtue of being a biologically male primary school teacher, I am immediately ‘visible’ and different from the majority of my colleagues and this benefits me enormously […]Read more "Male Primary Teachers and Feminism"
This morning at 7am I was in Tesco buying Chelsea buns, chocolate buttons, some grapes, some milkshake and some strawberries. At 7:30am this morning I was in school gathering old and unloved colouring pencils. At 8:00am this morning I inserted all the pencils into the Chelsea bun, and placed the bun on a paper plate, […]Read more "Pencil Cake"
Again, it was a packed day of talks, familiar faces, forgotten names and interesting chats. As always, it is good to meet up with the people who I normally prefix with @, and to frequent that ‘Dream Staffroom’ of likeminded colleagues. Yesterday though, when I wasn’t being derailed by Charlie Payne’s snorts of laughter, my […]Read more "#rED15 Adventures in Meatspace"