Great Teachers and Great Drivers

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This month’s topic poses the question with an elusive answer: What makes a great teacher? I have to be honest, in the early stages of my teaching career I’m still exploring the possible combinations of this Rubik’s cube and although I don’t believe there is a single or comprehensive answer to the question, this month, I’m going to reflect on my own experiences in light of what I think it takes to get the balance right. Continue reading “Great Teachers and Great Drivers”

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Qualities of a good teacher and learner

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I suppose everybody thinks differently about what makes a good learner. The big thing is, don’t stir-up trouble! But the main things for me are actually wanting to learn. If you’re not willing to learn, how can you expect anyone to help you? You should also think positively, and go into every learning situation ready to learn; going in negatively will only limit your chances of learning something new. And don’t be afraid of failing; you can learn from your mistakes and then you’ll know not what to do next time! Continue reading “Qualities of a good teacher and learner”

Learning & Teaching

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Rewind to the start of the academic year. Do you prepare for your studies by getting your stationery sorted out? Do you plan the year ahead or just go with the flow? Personally, I like to do all of these things. Being organised from the get-go helps me to stay on top of things and alleviates that end-of-year panic. In any subject and career, it is good to structure your work and is expected from many employers. People who leave things to the last minute and live in a messy chaos, live more stressful lives. However, we all have those times were deadlines are looming, the work’s built up, and just having even one thing in the right place can help you get through that work faster. Continue reading “Learning & Teaching”

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”

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”

The Start of New Term in the Library

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September is always a busy time across the college. Teachers frantically running from one lesson to the next, new students looking worried as they try and find their classrooms and support staff trying to help the students with all their weird and wonderful enquiries. Continue reading “The Start of New Term in the Library”