Teacher, are you faking it?

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 – […]

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Teach like a Trainee

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 […]

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To Neaten a Ne’er-do-Well

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 […]

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Not Set Correctly

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 […]

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