Monthly Archives: October 2013

Has Educating Yorkshire taught us anything about being a teacher?

Baby sitter. Child minder. Nurse. Doctor. Parent. Social worker. And even police. So our teacher friends keep telling us what their jobs feel like. Anything but a teacher. And we always rebuff inwardly, slightly irritated, “Stop winging! You’ve got all … Continue reading

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What’s the point of Speaking and Listening?

To be honest, I hadn’t expected today to be such a success. My apprehension was purely based on the fact that Speaking and Listening was not going to count towards GCSE English. The students knew that, too. When it used … Continue reading

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Do we take on the personality and behavioural traits of those teachers who inspire us?

Image: a scene from A Summer at Grandpa’s by Hou Hsiang-hsien http://m.blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_3f7865f00100bodz.html#page=4 The longer I have been a teacher, the more I think back to those teachers who have inspired me in my own school days. I have started to sketch … Continue reading

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It’s not a time for chastising; it’s time for inspiration

For two years, I have been waiting for a “miracle”. It looks like that such an improbable prospect may just have pirouetted into reality! Two boys have been causing me sleepless nights since last year when I took this GCSE … Continue reading

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Have I made anyone feel good about themselves this week?

When told to reward myself with one extra glass of red, my thoughts turned to the two trainee teachers whom I am mentoring at the moment. “Congratulations,” I beamed at my two unsuspecting trainee teachers in our 5-minute meeting (in … Continue reading

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Praise them for finding a lump of coal today, tomorrow they will find themselves diamonds

Sometimes my students cannot but feeling bemused by my reactions to their contributions in lessons – no matter how insignificant or of little value in their opinions.  Take last week for example. I was circulating the classroom to monitor my … Continue reading

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“It’s just not the same!”

One boy approached my desk with his assessment coversheet. “Sir,” he enquired quietly.  “Yes, what’s the matter?” I asked. He pushed his sheet to me. It was a reading assessment, exploring Tennyson’s use of poetic devices in Part I of … Continue reading

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