We have just had our first Student Council of the year and it was fascinating. Twenty pupils had been elected to represent their class, from Year 2 to Year 6, and this first meeting had a quite mischievous agenda; I wanted to explore what would happen if they were left to their own devices to self-organise. […]Read more "Student Council (or Lord of the Flies)"
By which I mean my career (so far) defined by music obviously. 10. Hello – Lionel Richie I took my kids to a city farm earlier this year, and one of the kids in my group went missing. Cue an immediate panic. I look around and the boy is squatting next to the goat enclosure. […]Read more "10 Songs from My Music Career"
Do you have a vision of what you are doing this for? Does it frame your actions, and give you a reason to get up in the morning, cloth bag in hand? Do you often consider the extent to which your actions are building towards this vision? Your answers are ‘Kind of’, ‘A bit’ and […]Read more "Vision: Blind Leading the Blind"
New teachers need to believe in themselves as teachers in order to feel comfortable in their new role. The novelty of being there, whiteboard rubber in hand and with a lanyard round your neck, can feel like fancy dress. The first telling off you deliver makes you fly through your list of fictional rogues – […]Read more "Teacher, are you faking it?"
There are elements of my teaching as a trainee that I would not want to replicate myself, and I wouldn’t want others to replicate. This includes allowing the growth of a marking mountain, thinking that solely by being pleasant would I win the hearts of the kids I teach and also my liberal approach to […]Read more "Teach like a Trainee"
Are you one of those primary teachers whose classroom is immaculate, whose paperwork is always 100% up to date and who is generally on top of everything? Well go away, this isn’t for you. This post is for those whose classrooms look more like Lidl than Ikea. What follows is a meandering introduction and some […]Read more "To Neaten a Ne’er-do-Well"
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"