Back to school – trauma for parents

Back to School

As educators, we often think of ‘Back to School’ in terms of how it affects us. Yes there will be an extra consideration for those children going to school for the first time but have you ever thought about the trauma that many households go through every September until the children have left college? In the hilarious post ‘The 9 Traumatic Steps‘, […]

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10 top tips for NQTs

10 Top tips for NQTs

As a new school year starts here in the UK there is a great deal of advice out there for new teachers. Here are 10 top tips for NQTs from me, @Theheadsoffice and some of her twitter friends! Ask questions Just because you were appointed doesn’t mean you are expected to know everything. Ask questions whenever they occur. Don’t worry that […]

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Testing the waters

Criticism is not something that we humans like but this helps post from Ann Friedman helps sort out the relevance.   In my ongoing quest for the perfect framework for understanding haters, I created The Disapproval Matrix**. (With a deep bow to its inspiration.) This is one way to separate haterade from productive feedback. Here’s how the quadrants break down: […]

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More brilliant resources for PSHE & mental health

Dr Pooky Knightsmith

Another great set of resources from Dr Pooky Knightsmith to support your work with the students on areas of PSHE and mental health. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Hello! Before you break up for the summer holidays, there are a few new resources, blog posts and book recommendations I wanted to draw your attention to which you might want to bookmark for next term. […]

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Motivating students

How do you make sure your students are engaged for every lesson and not just special ones? The folks over at Creative Education have some suggestions: Motivating students for one lesson is a challenge – keeping them continually motivated is an even bigger one, but if we invest the time, effort and energy into developing lessons that sustain student motivation week after […]

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