Costly conferences are dead. Long live Twitter!

As the fresh school budget comes through, and your thoughts turn to the replenished CPD pot, you begin to wonder, "what conference shall I go to this year?" A quick Google search and a couple of signed forms later, you're jotting the date into your diary, and fantasising about your day of freedom: no bottom set year nines last … Continue reading Costly conferences are dead. Long live Twitter!

In the Grand Scheme of Things (Why strong SOWs are vital.)

Picture the scene: It’s the second week of the Easter holidays, you’ve got at least 60 books to mark, if you’ve staggered your end-of-term assessments wisely enough, and you’ve also got to totally spring clean the house before hosting your friends/family for Easter weekend. The one thing you do not need added to this stressful concoction is lesson planning … Continue reading In the Grand Scheme of Things (Why strong SOWs are vital.)

5 reasons why teaching is a totally excellent profession.

I regard myself as fulfilling the British stereotype not only in my levels of tea consumption and my incapability of conducting a relaxed conversation with strangers, but also in terms of my tendency to whinge. But no more o'that, my lord[s], no more! The sun is shining and I'm not slaving over a stack of … Continue reading 5 reasons why teaching is a totally excellent profession.

To PEE or not to PEE? (That is, the paragraph model.)

Someone from outside of education, walking past classrooms and hearing teachers reminding their students to 'PEE', would surely raise an eyebrow. After all, teachers are meant to tell children that they "should have gone at break", and not incite mid-lesson bog-jollies. But no, PEE has nothing to do with urination, folk - it's yet another teaching acronym! (*Canned laughter*) … Continue reading To PEE or not to PEE? (That is, the paragraph model.)

Self-Assessment and the Problem of Positive Affirmation

  "Give me a thumbs up if you felt like you learned something today", came the nauseating screech of the trainee I was observing. It was period 2 on my self-dubbed "Take No Bullshit" Tuesday, and I was not feeling easily impressed. The kids looked around at each other. They liked her -- she reminded them … Continue reading Self-Assessment and the Problem of Positive Affirmation