English and Maths – A teacher’s perspective

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In a blog post that asked me to reflect on my feelings about studying English and Maths at GCSE level, I must apologise in advance for the sheer amount of bias that will be shown to the first subject mainly because, you know…I’m an English teacher. Continue reading “English and Maths – A teacher’s perspective”

Learning Languages

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I’ve always considered the acquisition of another language to be one of the most valuable and rewarding ways to spend our free time, yet simultaneously one of the most time-consuming, not to mention incredibly difficult, things to learn about. I think it was Goethe who once mentioned that ‘Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own,’ and I can’t help but believe in how extraordinarily accurate this aphorism is. Continue reading “Learning Languages”

Online Learning

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So, the month of Online Learning approaches and I have to admit that I’m rather nervous about this one. It’s something I’ve never completely bought into and I’m not sure how I feel about the fact that, one day, a machine or computer could take my job! I’ve split this month’s entry into ‘Week One’ and ‘Week Two’ and then sub-categorised the different aspects of the course, hopefully making things a little easier to digest…so, without further delay, here we go!  Continue reading “Online Learning”

052059

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Nobody ever said to me that teaching was going to be an easy job. In fact, during my training two years ago over half of my peers decided to jump ship and swim to safety in what I can only assume was clear water towards another career. The sharks, in fact, were already on board, chomping at my heels rather than infesting the surrounding water and picking off my scaredy peers. And so two years later, into my third year of teaching, I’m still aboard the profession, although I must admit that on occasions, like the poet Stevie Smith pre-empted, I’m not waving but drowning. Continue reading “052059”