Firstly, let me get something clear, I love teaching. When you've thoroughly planned a lesson, it's going well and the students are on board, there's nothing better. This is not a post (the sort you sometimes see) by people jaded with the profession about a "plan B" or "getting out while you still can". This is about being able to do something you really want to, as well as be a great teacher.
When is your work as a teacher finished? Well, never. Teaching is never done. There is no point at which you have done everything possible, there will always be something more you can do. Add to that a desire to do the best job possible and see students succeed, and what you're left with is very little time for anything else.
I challenge you to journal every day for 30 days. It takes just 10 minutes each day. Try it and see if it improves your teaching and mindset. It's easy with the outline below. #30dayjournalchallenge
A great lesson for the first week back in the new year. It's a reminder of common spelling, punctuation and grammar mistakes. DOWNLOAD THE POWERPOINT HERE: New Year's Resolutions for SPAG Created by Joe Kirkham, thanks for sharing. Photo by Element5 Digital on Unsplash
In a few days 2017 will be done and we'll move forward, bright eyed and optimistic (hopefully) into 2018. I'm sure you have ideas of things you'd like to do better next year; things you'd like to start or stop in order to make 2018 better, brighter and more successful. However, new year's resolutions are very …
It's Christmas eve 2017 as I write this and we've made it to the holiday! What a long term. But, walking back to my car through the school car park on Friday I noticed colleagues loading box upon box of work into their cars - as if they're not taking time off, just working from …
Teaching students to follow a structure when being creative is something I try to avoid - the last thing I want to do is put a limit on their creativity. However, there is a trend when students are marked on descriptive writing (like in section B of paper 1 of the AQA Language exam) for …
Students not using paragraphs can be one of the most frustrating things. There's nothing worse than opening an exam paper to see the student has written five pages without a single break. I've been using this worksheet to get students to paragraph for years.
The third post in a series about how to improve the inference skills of your students, and why that's so important.
I often use non-text based inference activities to develop students’ familiarity with the skill, before moving on to looking at texts. I’ve found that this engages students who find numbers more comfortable, it opens them to discussion and allows them to think, and then develop their thinking in different ways.