“Tone it Down a Bit”

The Importance of Subject Knowledge and Why I Can’t I can remember at the end of a whole staff session, where I had proudly shared our new areas of focus which would provide the basis for the development of teaching and learning, someone coming up to me to congratulate me on a job well done.…

Twitter Tips

Twitter. The land of pre-Insta celebrity profiles. Twitter the place where there are pile ons and trolls. Twitter, the place where you can learn so much and really develop your own teaching practice. The look of incredulity, and sometimes outright fear, on the faces of those I tell to get onto Twitter for that final…

Sorry

This is a guest post from a school leader who wishes to remain anonymous She sits on the edge of her chair, fists clenched. “What’s he done now?” Wearily I go through the latest string of offences. We’ve been here many times before this young mother and I. We know the steps of this dance…

The Story of Kyle

For many the discussion around behaviour in school, especially exclusions, is a straightforward one. There are those who are vehemently opposed to exclusions. There are those who believe that they are a necessary tool, reserved for when things have gone really wrong and will then fight just as vehemently to defend them. Often, both sides…

Bigger Than ‘Me’

I’ve started this blog a hundred times in my head since yesterday. It is a highly personal one and not one everyone will like as it focuses on the recent event concerning the safety of women. I’d recommend stepping away now if it is likely this isn’t for you. Normal focus on curriculum and pedagogy…

The Kids Have Been Fantastic

I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else Winston Churchill (possibly) Both me and my wife are very lucky that we get to spend a lot of time talking to a lot of teachers. She is a local authority advisor working across schools in Kent and I, in between…

Jugglers, magicians and stand-up comedians

Ways to keep the joys in teaching Teaching is hard. Really hard. Teachers are performers, on stage for five plus hours a day and constantly working to maintain the attention of a not always receptive audience. Even when they don’t have a challenging class, there are still a million tiny things they do to keep…

Teacher Explanation: A Dungeon Master’s Guide

One of the few good things to have come out of a year of lockdowns for me personally has been becoming reacquainted with a favorite game from my teenage years, Dungeons and Dragons. Playing this game whilst teaching, and whilst reading and writing about teaching, has led to me seeing the classroom in a new…

Time to Get Knitting

These last few years have seen some amazing developments in teaching and learning. Despite the horror of the last year, we continue to see blogs and books and podcasts and videos, all exploring a range of different practices, in a range of different contexts. It sometimes feels like the world is aflame with the possibilities…

Feeling the Fear and Doing it Anyway

(TM Mark Enser) This week I am doing something scary. It was something I had agreed to do, something I am excited about, something I have knowledge of in my workplace, but suddenly, just before I had to do it I became filled with doubt and indecision. I felt like an imposter. In my typical…