Staying creative in cold, short days

man in snow

The winter can be hard for anyone. Getting out of bed, it's dark, by the time you get to work dawn is just breaking, but then as you walk back to your car after the day, it's closing in again. As a creative person, I find this particularly difficult. To be creative I need to …

New Year’s Resolutions for SPAG – Lesson on common spelling, punctuation and grammar mistakes.

Will be cracking this lesson out again next week!

Luke Richardson

A great lesson for the first week back in the new year. It’s a reminder of common spelling, punctuation and grammar mistakes.


Created by Joe Kirkham, thanks for sharing.

Photo by Element5 Digital on Unsplash

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New year’s resolutions as a teacher

Still as relevant a year on!

Luke Richardson

In a few days 2017 will be done and we’ll move forward, bright eyed and optimistic (hopefully) into 2018. I’m sure you have ideas of things you’d like to do better next year; things you’d like to start or stop in order to make 2018 better, brighter and more successful.

However, new year’s resolutions are very hard to keep – one study I read says only 8% of people manage it. So it’s important to pick the right thing; something that is achievable and will have the maximum benefit to your teaching in 2018.

Here’s some ideas you might like to try to enrich your teaching life:

Keep a diary

I started doing this is September and I’ve loved it. I just record some positive thoughts each day, things I’m worried about and things I’m thankful for. It’s great to look back and see what I’ve achieved and how I’ve worked…

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How to relax as a teacher

A year on this still stands!

Luke Richardson

It’s Christmas eve 2017 as I write this and we’ve made it to the holiday! What a long term. But, walking back to my car through the school car park on Friday I noticed colleagues loading box upon box of work into their cars – as if they’re not taking time off, just working from home for two weeks. Why do we as teachers find it so hard to relax? To leave work at work and truly unplug?

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Here’s a few things you could try to unplug this holiday, the students will thank you for it when you’re refreshed and re-energised in January.

Leave all your work stuff in the boot of the car – or at least somewhere out of sight.

Don’t spend the holiday looking at the pile of books that you’d like to have marked for…

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Five ways to proofread – both for you and your students

We all know what it's like, you post something online, or send an all-staff e-mail, then notice the glaringly obvious mistake in the first line. That happens because when you read something you've just written, you read what you want it to say - not what's actually written. This is something that affects me, both as …

Helping young people visualise the future

How many times have you heard an assembly about working hard to benefit later, the metaphor of sowing seeds for your future, or an even less structured rant about "the future is what you make it, rah, rah, rah..." In fact, I am guilty of playing that same "stuck record" myself, telling students how important …