Category Archives: Reflections

A decade in the life

There’s been a lot of navel-gazing across social media platforms, as we all weigh up the past decade and consider our achievements. The beginning of a new decade has slightly crept on me. I’m sure there must be some people … Continue reading

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Mental Health Awareness

So, my lovely mum was sectioned last week. This is a blog about her and me. It is written for catharsis and comradeship. Mum has suffered periods of intense anxiety and depression for her whole life. The first time I … Continue reading

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WLFS takeaways

As usual, I have spent some time today reflecting on what I can change about my practice following the WLFS conference. I can plan some short thematics for KS3 Elizabeth Carr’s reminder of Michael Riley’s development study, Toilets through Time, … Continue reading

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On being a long-term mainscale teacher

A couple of weeks back I came across a Twitter thread about wanting to stay mainscale and become a better teacher, and it did make me chuckle to see how the teaching landscape is morphing from one of a relentless … Continue reading

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Policing other people’s teaching

When December rolls around, I get annoyed by the inevitable complaints of people proclaiming that it is too early to put up the Christmas tree. Why does it matter to people so much? There is no rule about this. If you … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Year 11s

I inherited two year 11 groups upon my arrival at the new school. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. The best: sparky students, quicker relationship building due to seeing them more often, the promise … Continue reading

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Preparing for Assessment: the Verbal Rehearsal

A few years ago, inspired by some excellent CPD, I introduced the verbal rehearsal to my KS3 students before they completed their assessments. I wrote a little about it here. I did this in a variety of ways – heavily … Continue reading

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