Education · Teaching

Should Children Be Engaged In Their Learning?

I love Twitter. Whilst Facebook has increasingly become a forum for sharing photographs of children and memes about wine, Twitter remains the place to debate issues, find breaking news and, for teachers, pick up ideas. Whilst I’m not someone who enters into lengthy arguments online, I’m always interested in finding out what’s being discussed on… Continue reading Should Children Be Engaged In Their Learning?

Education · Guest Posts

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 Posts

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.