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 …

Dealing with the holiday blues

The holiday blues must seem crazy to someone who isn't a teacher. But I'll tell you this -  it's totally normal to feel sad, underwhelmed or even a bit depressed during the holidays when you're normally so busy, productive and structured. In this article I'm going to share a few ideas about how to deal with those …

Protecting your mental health as a teacher

#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek Mental health is something that affects everyone. Some people are more resilient, some cope better, but everyone needs to be aware of their own mental health and the mental health of others. Teaching can be draining, tiring, fatiguing and knackering - it's important to know how to deal with stress, anxiety and exhaustion when …