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Archive for February, 2015

An ice-cold bucket for the #workloadchallenge

An excellent piece – I recognise both myself and my friends in this description!

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I know a teacher. You’ll know her too, or someone very similar to her. She works hard; she does not have her work in balance with her life; she loves her job; she is bloody good at it. Know the one? Apparently the DfE doesn’t, or they wouldn’t be insulting her with their disingenuous promises on workload.
How best to describe this teacher? In her 3rd year of teaching, she has no paid responsibilities beyond her classroom, she is not on UPR, she is mainscale in old money. As such, she teaches 25 of 30 lessons across Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. She has a form whom she cares for as individuals, calling their mums, addressing their worries. She had parents’ evening last week, one of the 6 she will attend this year. She has a ‘data entry window’ to meet by Thursday – as she does every half…

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The Primary Lie

I completely agree with the primary parents evening!

The Diary of a Not So Ordinary Boy

Or, things ain’t what they used to be.

I went to a parents’ evening the other night.  It’s not usually something I look forward to, seeing as there is too much hanging around sitting on too-small chairs for my liking, but I was keen to go to this one.  This one was my first as the parent of a mainstream secondary school child.  And I was impressed.

The chairs were the right size, there were plenty of people shuttling around who I knew from toddler group days (oh, my, haven’t they grown), the heating was on nice and high (a little too high in one room) and, joy of joys, not every teacher was younger than me.  (When we went to have a look round it was rather disconcerting to find myself a good fifteen years older than some of the young whippersnappers who have the temerity to work there.)…

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Celebrating Success: The Golden Example & The Wall of Fame

I do something similar but like the idea of turning it into a more permanent reminder with the stars.

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Niamh Brewer explains how she creates a culture of success with her English groups.

Golden Example Photo

In a school where there are already brilliant schemes in place to encourage excellent work, I wanted to inject something different into my English lessons. As many English teachers will be aware, seeing students between three and five times a week has both its strong points and its draw backs, and as an NQT with a top set Year 10 class I was struggling to motivate them in their essay writing. Having witnessed it in play during a PGCE placement, I decided to introduce the ‘golden example’ into my classroom. Essentially, I photocopy the ‘best’ essay in the class onto gold (well, yellow) paper and distribute it to the rest of the class as an exemplar of what to do well. I then ask the whole class to read it, and to consider how it compares with…

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