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”

2020/2021: The year of growth

The end has come. The year that felt like it was never going to end has arrived. Now, it is time to rest, recuperate and relax ahead of next year where I start my new position as Subject Lead in History. But, before that, it is time to take stock, reflect and recount on whatContinue reading “2020/2021: The year of growth”

Top 5 Tips for being a Tutor

We’re coming to the end of what has been a pretty hectic, traumatic and down-right exhausting academic year – am I right? But there will be some of us who may have gotten some the news that they are going to be a tutor for the first time from September, might be getting a newContinue reading “Top 5 Tips for being a Tutor”

Wellbeing: going beyond the buzzword

*Some of the research and arguments presented in this blog post have been pulled from my PGCE assignment into policy and practice in education. Why wellbeing? In recent years, there has been a boom in interest in wellbeing as part of the growing mental health crisis in society. These debates have not been excluded fromContinue reading “Wellbeing: going beyond the buzzword”

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?”

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?”

Talk? Think? Teach?

You might be wondering why I have titled my blog ‘Talk, Think, Teach’ or you might be sitting there going, ‘It’s pretty obvious, why are you writing a blog post about it?’ Well, I hope it is the former, otherwise you’ve wasted time coming on to this blog post. Sorry. Anyway, for those of youContinue reading “Talk? Think? Teach?”