The Healthy Teacher Project 4 – Interview with Catherine Parker

What is The Healthy Teacher Project?  In this interview, I talk with Catherine Parker,  currently a Secondary English RQT but with 15 years previous experience in the classroom as a teaching assistant. Catherine's positivity is infectious - she talks about the surprises of being a new teacher, how she copes with it, and why it's …

The Healthy Teacher Project 3 – Interview with Laura Oliver

What is The Healthy Teacher Project?  In this interview, I talk with Laura Oliver, a Primary school teacher and middle leader, who's currently teaching year 5. Laura tweets at @insightsinlearn and has her own blog at www.insightsinlearning.com. Laura talks about the physical and mental demands of the job, how important it is to find a healthy balance …

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 …

AQA Literature exam question flashcards

Flashcards with questions on, Jekyll and Hyde, Power and Conflict poetry, Macbeth and An Inspector Calls. These flashcards cover sections from four of the topics my year 11 students need for their upcoming English Literature exams. We're getting to the point now that students just need to practise planning questions quickly. Not agonizing over it, just …

Making your teaching application or CV stand out

It's the time of year at schools across England (and elsewhere) that teachers are thinking about their next move. Maybe you've been teaching a while and fancy something new, or maybe you're training this year and this is your first teaching application. Either way: how do you give yourself the best chance possible by making …

Creativity – fake it ’till you make it?

Teaching students to be creative is difficult. If they don't think they’re very good at it they feel shut off by it, as though it’s a skill you either have or you don’t. To make it harder still, there’s a number of things which hinder these students in accessing their creativity.