Top 5 Tips for Trainees and NQTs

As the summer holidays continue, it is great to see more and more trainees and NQTs joining the hive-mind of #Edutwitter and reaching out for advice on what is best to be doing ahead of September. There’s no one size fits all approach – each teacher, classroom and school context is different. My main pieceContinue reading “Top 5 Tips for Trainees and NQTs”

The ever-moving puzzle board: The Seating Plan

Seating Plans. Whether they are for a wedding or for your classroom, they can be a nightmare that keeps on coming and can never feel complete. Seating plans are like ever-moving puzzle boards – constantly shifting and changing with every minute of a lesson or from lesson to lesson. One lesson a seating plan mayContinue reading “The ever-moving puzzle board: The Seating Plan”

Simplicity Rules, okay?

During my NQT year, my mentor liked to have lots of conversations about how to improve my workload, so that I never felt overwhelmed. He knew that I was someone who would take on a lot of jobs, and along side being an NQT, I was also starting out as my school’s More Able CoordinatorContinue reading “Simplicity Rules, okay?”

Motivating the “More Able” during Lockdown

One Monday morning, nearing the end of my training year, I was quietly sat in our staff room plodding away at amending a lesson for later in the week, when the Headteacher popped his head round the door and cryptically told me to “Keep an eye on the staff bulletin this week – there’s somethingContinue reading “Motivating the “More Able” during Lockdown”

Blast!! And the quote is …. gone?

Before training to become a teacher, many moons ago, I had gone through many different phases about what subject I wanted to teach. First, it was History. Then it was Art & Design – short-lived, as I soon realised I wasn’t good enough to be an Art teacher and didn’t have the patience for ArtContinue reading “Blast!! And the quote is …. gone?”

To display or not to display?

The moment a teacher gets their own classroom is an exciting one. It’s kinda like getting your own home (not that I have had that experience … yet), but it’s what I imagine is a similar feeling. Your mind starts racing about how you are going to set up your classroom (will you have yourContinue reading “To display or not to display?”