Education

GUEST POST: How Early Should The Early Years Be?

Let me first introduce myself and explain why this blog won’t be as expertly written as it usually is. On a previous blog Zoe quotes Hemmingway, “the first draft of everything is shit.” For Zoe, this is a comfort to her in reading her first drafts. I’m sorry but my final draft is still a bit… Continue reading GUEST POST: How Early Should The Early Years Be?

Education

GUEST POST: Coming Out In The Classroom

‘Never discuss your private life’. Along with ‘don’t smile before Christmas’, this is one of the first commandments drilled into you in teacher training, but what happens when your private life is visibly tied up with your identity? 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality. The summer has been simultaneously shocking and… Continue reading GUEST POST: Coming Out In The Classroom

Education

Sometimes We Need To Just Tell Them

I want to share something that happened today. I’m currently doing three weeks of supply work in Year 2 class at a really lovely school in North London. One of our lessons today was drawing and painting seahorses. I’ve always found drawing really difficult and as a child I remember the frustration when the picture I’d drawn looked… Continue reading Sometimes We Need To Just Tell Them

Education

A Decision.

“Do I miss it? I miss the teaching. Those sacred hours between 9am and 3pm when it was just me with my class hammering out multiplying fractions, grappling with big questions and debating ideas. I miss seeing children succeed and make progress, not always in neat, measurable steps, but progress nonetheless. I miss finding new… Continue reading A Decision.

Education

No, you don’t need a fidget spinner break

Having not worked in a school since July 2016 I missed the start of fidget spinners craze but, after entering the world of supply teaching, I’m pretty much caught up. Fidget spinners are toys that have been cleverly marketed as having stress-relieving benefits. I don’t know whether that’s true or not – it appears that… Continue reading No, you don’t need a fidget spinner break