Tag Archives: Pupil Motivation

Saturday detentions and litter picking…

The Guardian’s Secret Teacher spoke candidly of how behaviour management affected his/her classroom and about how Gove is misguided if he thinks that children who ‘climb out of windows’ will turn up to Saturday detentions. The problem of behaviour is … Continue reading

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My Reflective Journal- GTP 2004/2005.

The following is my journal from my first full year of teaching. I took up post in April 2004 and taught for the summer term. The Year 11s had study leave, there was no real pressure on me, two of … Continue reading

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Homecoming- how two tragedies united a year group beyond classroom walls.

My return to Britain at Christmas was filled with the usual family and friends gatherings, but this year was filled with a sense of sadness; I felt compelled to meet with some of my ex-pupils to share in the tragedies … Continue reading

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White, working, class boys: why it is poverty and not teaching that fails them.

In my beloved mark book, I used to have a code for EAL, SEN and FSM* which Ofsted/SLT** wanted to see being targeted in lessons across the school- these are the areas which attracted additional funding for the school and … Continue reading

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‘Born for factory fodder, but the factories have closed down.’

Aspirations. We have been trying to raise them for the last decade, telling pupils they can be anything, anyone and education is the key to life long success. I am not sure how I feel about telling a pupil to … Continue reading

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Failed. Must do better.

BBC Headline: Thousands of teenagers fail in GCSE English and maths Well I was one of those failed teenagers who failed Maths, did it make me an out right failure or did I get that grade when I was able … Continue reading

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Sorry is like toilet paper…

I was watching Educating Yorkshire last night, this week’s focus was Robbie-Joe. There is a Robbie-Joe in every year group, usually flagged up from his primary’s concerned SENCO. There are some pupils you just can’t help but like. Even the … Continue reading

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Lost Voices

So this week, my husband had the pleasure of me losing my voice. For two days I was more or less mute. I have never been the silent type, I was given words and a voice so I use it … Continue reading

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Social media is dangerous. Students will write nasty stuff and post horrible things about you online. Advice? Try another social network

Early in 2013, some tragic news prompted me to send a tweet of condolence to my old year group; it was the best way to reach my students who, from ex-colleagues, had been asking if I had heard. I was … Continue reading

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