Teacher Voices and Those Who Silence Us

There certainly seems to have been an explosion in recent years in the number of teacher’s voices that are getting heard. Current teachers and those who have just left the classroom are finding time to write books based on their own thoughts, practice and conclusions from reading research. TES are increasingly publishing features from practicing…

Teacher-Writers: FAQs

If I can’t impress you with my quality, I shall impress you with my quantity Emile Zola With my new book, Teach Like Nobody’s Watching, at the printers I have started to get a lot of messages from people asking me about writing. How to do it, how to get published, where to find the…

Teaching and the dangerous “culture of doing”.

The invisible nature of teaching well Many of the elements of great teaching are invisible to the naked eye. It comprises of the tiny adjustments we make in the classroom, there and then, in response to events as they unfold. These decisions are based on a combination of professional knowledge and experience. As our experience…

Trust me, I’m a teacher

It was gratifying to read the results of an Ipsos MORI poll last month which found that teachers were the third most trusted professionals, coming only after doctors and nurses. In fact, 89% of people generally trust teachers to tell the truth. What seems very strange then, is the attitude of many in the educational…

Once a teacher…

There has been a lot of discussion on Twitter over the last few days about the elections for the Chartered College of Teaching council. Most of this discussion centers around who is, or who should be, able to stand and seems to stem back to the idea when the Council was founded that it would…

Looking both ways

The last week of term is always an odd affair. I find the time rushes by as I try to get as much done as possible to set up for the next year; all the while dodging around the break down in the normal routines as trips, sports events and various activities take over. In…

Teacher agency and educational fads

At a recent conference the head of research at OFSTED, Danial Muijs warned that “There is still a big issue in education in terms of being still susceptible to various fads…“. This unsurprisingly has led to a lot of discussion about what counts as a “fad” and who should make a decision about what will…