Reflections on a Career

In her latest post Zoe Enser (@GreeboRuner) reflects on 20 years in the classroom as she heads off to new adventures. To those who have just opened this up to have a quick read I offer my apologies; this is not going to be a short and pithy blog I’m afraid. You see, although Christmas…

Revealing the Secrets: ResearchEd Surrey 2019

In his hugely revealing book The Secret Lives of Learners’ Graham Nuthall explored the world of learners in the classroom. From this study we saw how students saw concepts which were being taught, their own positions as learners and how widely varied, and sometimes utterly bonkers, their misconceptions about the world was. As keynote speaker…

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…