Teach Like Nobody’s Watching

I love being a teacher. After 14 years in the classroom I just can’t imagine doing anything else. I love sharing the love for my subject and having the opportunity to keep studying it myself. I love the fact that every day is different to the last and always has new challenges. I love having…

Candles in the Darkness (Part 4)

I have written before about the image I have of teachers being candles in the darkness. The potential we have to shine brightly in a world of negativity, ignorance and unthinking cruelty is huge. I genuinely believe that we have the power to make a difference and be a positive force. We can make a…

A Call for Efficiency 

This week I have been looking at aspects of teaching that I have found to be effective. I wrote a couple of blog posts on my thoughts (the building blocks of an excellent lesson) after we spent some time as a department piecing together our answer to the questions “What does effective teaching looking like?”…

Building an excellent lesson (Part Two)

Yesterday I wrote about an activity we had used in our department CPD session to consider the component parts of an excellent lesson – you can read about it here. The outcome was this graphic which shows the things that we, as a department, currently feel are effective ways to ensure that learning happens in…

Building an excellent lesson

One of the many things I love about my school is that they are giving more CPD time to departments. Before we start the term 6 frenzy of lesson planning, I wanted to spend some time exploring what we felt would make an excellent lesson and to record our ideas so that we could explore…

5 Things I Wish I Knew Now

I really enjoyed Carl Hendrick’s post this week on “5 Things I wish I knew when I started teaching” and the one from Stephen Tierney. I decided I would add my own thoughts from a slightly different perspective. What am I hoping to learn in the next few years? What are the 5 things I…

Candles in the Darkness (Part 3)

I woke up this morning with a deep sense of foreboding. This isn’t unusual for me (or most teachers I have spoken to) towards the end of the holidays. I love my job, work in a wonderful supportive school with well motivated students and yet I know that I’ll be awake at 3am of the…