Thoughts About the Musical Youth

I thought this was going to be a simple subject to write my essay college about. After all, I have the evidence right here next to my computer: the dog-eared exercise books bearing band names and covered in pages ripped from magazines. I’ve confiscated CDs and walkmans (walkmen?) and found myself saying that I remember Read More

A week out of the classroom

After a week out of the classroom, and a concerted effort to plan cover lessons in fool-proof detail (see here), I returned with a heavy heart. This feeling was vindicated when I saw my classroom after my short absence. I doubt that my desk had been intact for even one day, let alone several. And Read More

The Most Boring Teacher in My Life

Although I have no control over who covers my lessons, I always hope it will be a competent, clever disciplinarian and subject specialist who can’t stop themselves tidying as they go and feel compelled to mark bits of work completed in the lesson. But after returning to the classroom this week I found out there Read More

The Power of School Gossip

There are so many things to remember when you start a new job, but there’s one invaluable lesson to be upheld if your job involves going anywhere near a staffroom. It’s nothing to do with those old chestnuts of sitting in the wrong chair or using somebody else’s coffee cup, milk or fridge space. The Read More

School Rumors and Teachers

Even when you’ve been in the school for a couple of years there can be surprises. And they are usually nasty, in the way that exposing yourself as a gossip when you only said one thing to the wrong person once will do. These days I like to think of myself as a sponge, soaking Read More

The ICT revolution fueled by the exponential progress

So the great ICT revolution finally rolled into town. I got half a dozen computers to squeeze into my classroom with the unspoken message that I should be grateful that I wasn’t forgotten this time round. Admittedly, I was excited. There are lots of possibilities for my lovely new PCs. But there’s also the downside, Read More