Back to school and the ‘new’ normal

“Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked.” Warren Buffett It’s been quite a few months. The ubiquity of the word “unprecedented” has been, well, unprecedented. The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has tested individuals, institutions, nations and their systems and processes to breaking point. Many have been exposed. I remain optimistic, […]

When the going gets tough, schools get creative

“Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.     How schools are getting ever more inventive when it comes to fundraising Parents’ noses were put out of joint recently when a head texted them about the late payment of school dinner money. Wales Online reported: “Parents […]

Should schools ban mobile devices?

“We spend the first twelve months of our children’s lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve years telling them to sit down and shut up.” Phyllis Diller   Unregulated use of phones round schools brings a host of problems But guided use of tech as a learning tool makes good common […]

Ten steps to overcoming edtechnophobia

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” Henry Ford   Ten steps to overcoming edtechnophobia Sometimes it takes a survey to prove what we’ve all long suspected. Over a third of pupils (37 per cent) feel that “teachers lack confidence in digital skills and therefore […]

The best ways to involve parents in homework

“The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn.” John Lubbock     Stormzy, Mark Zuckerberg, J.K. Rowling, Cristiano Ronaldo, Usain Bolt, Adele …. … the list goes on and on – all attribute their success to supportive, interested parents […]

21 Tips to help you survive your first year in teaching

“The highest reward for a man’s toil is not what he gets for it but what he becomes by it.” John Ruskin   21 Tips to help you survive your first year in teaching Daunting, exhilarating, incredibly rewarding – your NQT year is quite a ride. And one thing’s for sure: you’ll be bombarded with […]

How to make the most of your Milk (My Interactive Learning Kit)

We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher’s hand, because it is the pen and paper of our time, and it is the lens through which we experience much of our world. David Warlick   How to make the most of your Milk Admin appears out of control. Anecdotes and wide-ranging […]

Top ten time-saving tips for teachers

Where does all the time go? There’s never enough of the stuff. As teachers, we’re master plate-spinners, but the better we get, the more plates they throw in our direction. Sometimes it feels that the only way to get everything done is to camp out in school and not go home until the end of […]

Back to school – already?

“Back to school” – already? Every year it’s the same. We’ve barely begun the summer holidays and the papers talk of “Back to school”. Work worries whilst on holiday certainly seem like a rude interruption. Without spoiling your well-earned break, what is the best way to prepare without exhausting yourself before teaching that first lesson? […]

Teachers…it’s summer time and the living should be easy!

“In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it one time or another.” Albert Camus   Teachers, term’s done Time to put away your planner (A leisurely long read for the summer holidays) We’d normally recommend our student planners, but you owe it to yourself and your students to take time […]