If I had to summarise my main takeaway from teaching – the one thing that has strengthened my skills as a practitioner the most – it would be spaced repetition. What follows is what I’ve learned, why it’s important, and how it can help with your learning, too. … More The key takeaway from a year in teaching
It is so easy – too easy – with the busyness of the working world winding by, to forget to make meaningful contributions to what you enjoy.
To tackle this, I’ve come up with a few rules and routines to make any habit achievable, even in a profession as busy and full-on as teaching. … More How I make time for writing as a teacher
My training year had ended abruptly and I was left figuring out what to do between then and starting my career in September. How best could I prepare? I wouldn’t be teaching again for a long time and probably needed the practice, but I was acutely aware that it would be a very busy year ahead (and it was).
It was at this point that I had to seriously question: what are the most essential things that I need to do this summer as an ECT, without burning myself out? … More How ECTs should spend their summer
One of my biggest and best ways to implement digital technology into the classroom – during lockdown and now while in school – was Google Jamboard.
Here’s how and why it’s going to spice up your teaching. … More Teaching with Google Jamboard | Powered-up pedagogy
These might not be free resources for download, but these are my simple strategies for how I lesson plan effectively. I hope they help! … More Simple strategies for effective lesson planning
I’ve now been a Newly Qualified Teacher for nearly a whole year. Wow; time moves fast, huh? There’s a lot that I’m still learning, but a lot that I’ve picked up in this past academic year. Here are 50 of them. … More 50 things I wish I’d known as an NQT
Over the third lockdown, I’ve written once already about my first thoughts on remote teaching, and on delivering parent’s evening from home, but I’d like to bring it full circle.
These are my final thoughts on what it was like to teach from home. … More Final thoughts | Teaching from Home
Teacher or not, many of us have turned to remote working. I’ve already discussed my first thoughts on teaching from home, but that wouldn’t have been possible without a solid desk setup. Here’s the rig that’s been getting me through remote learning. … More My teaching-from-home desk setup
Turning on your webcam, staring at your screen and inviting parents into your home can be daunting, even if it is done.
But, you know what? None of that is true. Here’s how I delivered not one, but TWO parent’s evenings from the comfort of home – and why it went way smoother than I ever expected. … More How I delivered parent’s evening…from home?
Here are the key messages from Bruce’s text that stood out to me, which you could bring into the classroom this term if we ever hope to close the word gap. … More Lindsay Bruce’s activities for closing the word gap | Book Club