Fitness For The Forty Year Old – Welcome!

  I have managed to 'keep fit' since I was in my early twenties and since my mid thirties, would find it hard to 'manage' NOT to stay fit.   I say 'managed' because in my twenties, at times, it was a nightmare to fit exercise in, to stay motivated and to feel a difference. … Continue reading Fitness For The Forty Year Old – Welcome!

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After Ten Years in Teaching – Tips for Teachers in the Early Stages of their Careers

It has come to my realization, rather shockingly, that I am nearing the ‘ten years in teaching’ mark.  I have decided to take stock of my experiences in the last decade.  Despite teaching in just two schools and having been in my current school for several years, I have taken on a variety of roles.  … Continue reading After Ten Years in Teaching – Tips for Teachers in the Early Stages of their Careers

I haven’t quit – yet! – but reasons why I’ve thought about it.

Disclaimer: this blog has been written from a positive stance.  By highlighting some of the drawbacks of teaching I hope to a)present a realistic picture of the profession enabling those who go into it to do so knowing the bigger picture and b) show that some people DO stay in teaching and it can be … Continue reading I haven’t quit – yet! – but reasons why I’ve thought about it.

Frankenstein’s monster: Morgan’s ‘one nation’ education.

Nicky Morgan made a speech in November 2015 entitled ‘One nation education’ stating her desire to give every child from every area the same, outstanding learning opportunities: “I want every child to benefit from the sort of education that young people  get at schools like King Solomon Academy in London, Denbigh High School in Luton, … Continue reading Frankenstein’s monster: Morgan’s ‘one nation’ education.

Conclusions about my grammar confusion – moving forward with the teaching of writing.

I have been going round in circles.  I’ve been perplexed.    The teaching of grammar has got my knickers in a twist.   I am a teacher and leader well versed with the grammar and writing requirements of the new National Curriculum.   I have a very good English Literature degree.  I read a lot.  I love words.  … Continue reading Conclusions about my grammar confusion – moving forward with the teaching of writing.

What should parents be taught to do? Twenty suggestions to make a difference to our children’s lives.

As a teacher I have encountered many parents who have benefitted from some simple guidance, particularly parents with children who are just starting school.   So many meetings are held at school about the academic side of children’s lives but I believe that help with parenting can be given just as easily and is much needed. … Continue reading What should parents be taught to do? Twenty suggestions to make a difference to our children’s lives.

Words are Free – comments on word poverty.

Words, both spoken and written, surround us.  We live in a society where hundreds of television channels can be tuned into and books can be accessed in a variety of inexpensive forms.  We can listen to or watch debates, quiz shows, news programmes, plays, movies and documentaries.  We can read not only stories, but research, … Continue reading Words are Free – comments on word poverty.

Reflecting on reflection…thoughts on making time to stop and stare.

Last week I visited the concentration camps at Auschwitz.  I could write pages about my personal experience in terms of emotion, history and impact but that is not the point of this post. The point is that my visit starkly illustrated what I have noticed in recent months in other times and places; a detachment and … Continue reading Reflecting on reflection…thoughts on making time to stop and stare.

Inconstancy to Purpose – Thoughts on Why Teacher Recruitment and Retention Are Failing

A teacher shortage crisis has arrived.  It’s hardly surprising.  Teaching is exhausting, relentless and consuming.  It doesn’t make us rich and things keep changing.   These aspects have long been associated with teaching.  Most trainee and newly qualified teachers anticipate some of these hurdles and accept that they are part of the job.  What they … Continue reading Inconstancy to Purpose – Thoughts on Why Teacher Recruitment and Retention Are Failing

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Thoughts on Super Teachers saving the world.

On Tuesday morning I awoke to my radio alarm.  The first two words I heard were ‘vital ingredient’. As I continued to listen I learned that this is what, according to our government, was missing in weak and failing schools in coastal areas.  However, these schools, which face a variety of difficult factors, were to … Continue reading Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Thoughts on Super Teachers saving the world.