Tag Archives: Teaching

British International Schools- a cultural imperialism?

I was teaching a year 8 class yesterday about Victorian England in preparation for Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol; the Horrible Histories excerpt which depicted an advert for a Victorian Maid in the style of a well known (in the … Continue reading

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Tough Young Teachers: “I would have cared, if he did.”

I have been watching the Tough Young Teachers with mixed feelings. This week in particular I felt compelled to write about it. The episode focused around two pupils and their relationship with their teachers, Charles and Claudenia. Both starkly different … Continue reading

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Meditation, mindfulness and positivity: Dr.Brad’s guide to behaviour management.

Dr Brad Mc Gregor or Dr Brad Kavie as he is known to me, has left some very interesting comments on my blog mostly critiquing my defence of ‘white working class boys’ and my post about GCSEs for ‘factory fodder’. … 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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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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Do teachers make better parents?

When I came back from maternity leave, a lot of my pupils said I had changed. Apparently I was a lot calmer, nicer even more understanding (ha, I guess the 2am feed was a great leveler). I remember a parent … Continue reading

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So why did you leave the UK?

I left the UK a year ago to join a growing number of teachers who had left for sunnier, Ofsted-free climes. I remember talking to my union rep in the countdown to my departure, she asked if I knew how … Continue reading

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What would you do with a diamond ring?

Giving advice to teenage girls about sex is tricky. The are laws about the age of consent but 15 is a really murky and grey area. As a Head of Year, you can refer to services but they don’t usually … Continue reading

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Divorce and why it is usually the parents who need to grow-up.

The BBC published a story today about children from divorced parents. Whilst I agreed with telling the children and telling them the truth, this option relies on parents being reasonable and seeing things from their child’s point of view. More … 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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