Teaching, be careful what you recommend

Would you recommend teaching to a friend? A family member? Your partner?   I read a post from someone looking to get into teaching on Twitter last week. They wanted to know if it was worth all the financial and time commitments of training. The fifteen or so replies sounded like a resounding yes, they …

Five things being a teacher has taught me

As teachers, we always talk about the progress of our students. We watch them arrive (if you're a secondary school teacher like me) bright-eyed in year 7, and grow almost unrecognizably through to year 11 and sometimes even on to the sixth form. It's one of my favourite parts of the job, which I always …

“I haven’t got time for that” re-thinking time scarcity

Rethinking time scarcity

  "I haven't got time for that." "There just aren't enough hours in the day?" How often have you used one of the above phrases? I would guess, knowing the pressures of modern life, especially those for us involved in education, it's fairly frequent. It seems to be a symptom of our modern age that we're …

How to keep your school e-mail under control

I wasn't a teacher before there was e-mail, but I can imagine that it was a different world. Not commenting on that e-mail chain about a particular student's deteriorating behaviour, checking meeting minutes at the weekend or reading back over a conversation you had six months ago. For all the good things e-mail as brought …

How to cut your mock exam marking time with feedback appointments

Marking mock exams as a teacher can be the most awful and amazing experience all in one. When a student has it right, when they've done everything you've asked and are flying through the paper, it's beautiful. But when you're trying to decode spider-like waffle which is failing to hit the grade criteria at every …