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One Thing I’ll Never Change

I've learned an incredible amount during my first ever teaching position. There are many things that I will adapt so they can work in the context of my new school. There are other approaches I haven't had the opportunity to try yet fully, which I look forward to exploring. There are also a handful of… Continue reading One Thing I’ll Never Change

Classroom Practice · RQT

Maths Reasoning: ‘I Noticed That…’

Let's be honest: I feel a fragment of my soul wilt away every time I see a child completely disregard key information in a reasoning question. Throughout my one and a half years teaching maths reasoning, I have tended to just feel frustrated until I point out the crucial piece of information to them so… Continue reading Maths Reasoning: ‘I Noticed That…’

RQT · Wellbeing and Staff Morale

16 Times Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Has Summed Up Being A Teacher

1.  When a child asks what the date is when it's always clearly written on the board: 2. When a child asks whether they can put the dried-up whiteboard pen in the bin: 3. When you forget to give a child an accident slip at the end of the day and feel guilty about it… Continue reading 16 Times Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Has Summed Up Being A Teacher

Classroom Practice · Reflective Practice · RQT

Mindfulness and Meditation – Teaching Pupils Wellbeing Techniques

Let's get one thing straight: the children's health and wellbeing are paramount. If they leave my class at the end of the day smiling and content, that's a win. There's always another chance to practise multiplying pairs of fractions, to use apostrophes correctly or to improve that painting technique...but they should never pass up the… Continue reading Mindfulness and Meditation – Teaching Pupils Wellbeing Techniques

Classroom Practice · Reading For Pleasure · RQT

“This Was The Best Day Ever”

These six words were uttered out of a child's mouth on Friday afternoon so I thought I'd record and share what had happened that day: We were coming to the end of our Learning Journey week. This is a week off of our usual timetable (pfft..what does that even mean!?) in which we provide our… Continue reading “This Was The Best Day Ever”

Classroom Practice · Reflective Practice · RQT · Wellbeing and Staff Morale

The Power of Twitter For Educators

Twitter has been one of the most invaluable sources I have utilised during my time as a teacher so far. It's intuitive, dynamic and best of all - it's free! Here are just a few of the benefits I've reaped by using Twitter:   Sharing My Practice I've been able to share my own practice… Continue reading The Power of Twitter For Educators

Classroom Practice · RQT

Talk For Writing – What I’ve Learned

Talk For Writing, pioneered by literacy idol Pie Corbett, is an approach designed to predominantly develop children as writers and foster a true love for writing. It's backed by great testimonials from teachers and pupils. A number of case studies also provide reliable data as to the positive impact it has on children's progress. This… Continue reading Talk For Writing – What I’ve Learned

RQT · Wellbeing and Staff Morale

20 Times Friends Has Summed Up Being A Teacher

When your colleague asks if you have a plan: 2. When you're fed up with homophone errors: 3: When a child does a drive-by fart: 4. When you get twice the amount of food in the hall as the pupils: 5. When you've spent fifteen minutes trying to unjam the photocopier: 6. When you find… Continue reading 20 Times Friends Has Summed Up Being A Teacher

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3 Reasons I’m Grateful For My School

It is heart-breaking to hear horror stories from amazing and passionate teachers about the schools they are working in. One friend was repeatedly belittled by their colleague whilst another has been set a completely unreasonable workload by their head teacher. I’ve had conversations with teachers who haven’t been supported in a range of matters by… Continue reading 3 Reasons I’m Grateful For My School