Digital skills in teaching

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I’ve been lucky enough to grow up with the birth of the digital age and have really developed alongside it through my school, college, university and even professional years. For some teachers it feels like the digital world is out of bounds and offers something totally alien to the way they were educated and, to an extent, I can understand this. Saying that, I also believe that the development of digital content is incredibly important in my role and it can have (and has had) a significant impact on the education of my students. Continue reading “Digital skills in teaching”

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All Great Beginnings Start in the Dark

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It’s that time of year again: Chaos reigns as a plethora of new faces, fresh enthusiasm and excitable voices fill the corridors of an ever-changing educational environment (perhaps more politically and socially changing, as opposed to aesthetically changing). A new day, a new term, a near year, presents itself to a new cohort, who are all ready to tackle the challenges of A-levels. Continue reading “All Great Beginnings Start in the Dark”

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”