Behaviour · RQT

The Strictest Teacher In School

Last year, a handful of my pupils called me the strictest teacher in school. I thought it was just a fluke until it happened again just recently this year. Pfft. Me? The teacher who is happy for the children to take their shoes off if it makes them more comfortable? The teacher who doesn’t mind… Continue reading The Strictest Teacher In School

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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

RQT · Wellbeing and Staff Morale

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

Classroom Practice · RQT · Wellbeing and Staff Morale

Taking The Spring Term In Your Step

Spring Term. It's dark when you arrive at work. It's dark when you leave work. All the Christmas cheer has subsided. The festivities are over. With these factors in mind, it's all too easy to become consumed by the January Blues.  I've decided to dive into the spring term with a positive mental attitude and… Continue reading Taking The Spring Term In Your Step

RQT · Wellbeing and Staff Morale

The Teacher Who Stole Christmas

It will come as a shock to many but I had a brief period of scrooge-ness recently. Yes, me! The teacher who unashamedly wore a 3D reindeer jumper to school. The teacher who allowed the children to throw up all sorts of questionable festive decorations around the classroom with reckless abandon. The teacher who refused… Continue reading The Teacher Who Stole Christmas

Classroom Practice · RQT

Engaging Reluctant Writers

I've been working with five year 6 boys to refine their writing and after only two sessions I'm thrilled with their progress, enthusiasm and even positive responses from parents: Prior to the first booster, I took their books and assessed how they performing against our assessment criteria. The main target was their sentence construction and… Continue reading Engaging Reluctant Writers

RQT · Wellbeing and Staff Morale

15 Times ‘The Good Place’ Has Summed Up Being A Teacher

When you forget to send the register: 2. When you return to your class after somehow else has covered it: 3. When one of the pupils calls out another pupil for being rude to you: 4. When one of the children says you're the best teacher: 5. When the children forget to put their names… Continue reading 15 Times ‘The Good Place’ Has Summed Up Being A Teacher