It is at this point in the year that everyone is counting down...pupils are waiting for the holidays as much as staff and parents are waiting for a break to the manic of the school runs. So is this the time to get some down time and put on the videos!? Well I am not… Continue reading A change instead of a rest? How to end the summer term blues!
So over first week of the holiday I have tried to enjoy the down time. I have had fun in the (very hot) sun over the past week and tried to enjoy a bit of doing nothing. As far as the challenges go I think I am doing well so this is a little update… Continue reading Summer Playlist….Track 1: Getting going!
As holidays are here for some and fast (or not so fast enough) approaching for many teachers it's the time of year I try to think about what the summer will bring for me! Firstly it's time to reconnect with friends and family but then what...teaching is a full time thing and to suddenly have… Continue reading To do…My Summer Playlist
Sometimes in life if you concentrate on the little things then the big things will look after themselves. I was always told if you looked after your pennies the pounds will look after themselves and I think we could take this approach in education and it could make a big difference to staff moral. So… Continue reading It’s the little things in life….
It's pretty vital to understand my past life in secondary education to understand the need for this post. Before my current role I was a Head of Department for a 6 form entry secondary school with around 180 pupils per year group. The department I headed was Religious Studies and I taught pretty much the… Continue reading Ctrl+C – Are we just copying the same mistakes in our reports?
It's that magical time of year again...you scrimp and saved the budget all year and you're ready for the big bulk order so you're ready for the start of September (unless you saved carefully just for your budget to be frozen in March without word or warning...but that's a story for another day) and what's… Continue reading Exercise books…worth the paper they are written on?
I have always thought in education "Why reinvent the wheel?", in education we have to share ideas...there is no time not to. Actually that's a massive lie. When I was a PGCE and then a NQT I prided myself on making everything....from scratch. PPTs that would would literally take one hour to make and were… Continue reading Chance to win a prize! Read me! Theme: Starter ideas
Firstly, at present I am only a Head of Department, it is pretty essential I point that out for context. Mainly as I think we can all be idealistic if we are not in the position that we are about to start spouting about the amazing changes we would like to make. This post is… Continue reading Head over heels – What I’d be tripping over myself to do if I were a head teacher.
I have always been interested in CPD for teachers - I find it ironic that as teachers we may not focus on our own learning as effectively as possible. My PGCE started with much self reflection, it was the times of the learning journal (do they still exist?) and, though the idea was sound, the… Continue reading The CPD factor – it’s not one rule for them and another for us!
When I was younger I was not diagnosed with dyslexia. I went to a grammar school, my mum was a teacher and at every parents evening my teachers would tell my mum something that she had discovered many years before...her daughter was dyslexic. What was done? Not much at the time. It was way before… Continue reading The fear of nothing…a teacher living with dyslexia