Presents, practicals and planning

It’s Saturday night and I did intend on doing some lesson planning tonight, however I am currently feeling a little under the weather with a cold, so writing a blog seems like a more desirable task than school work right now. It’s been a busy start to the new term. As we have had three…

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Non-uniform days and discos: Then and now

I did a similar post to this one back in September, which you can read here, where I talked about a few events in the school year and how they are different now that I am a teacher, compared to when I was in school myself. But I wasn't quite done, here are a couple…

Christmas is coming!

There are officially 7 school days left until Christmas! That’s only 7 more days where I have to put up with the kids singing Christmas songs, writing Christmas song lyrics instead of doing the work and even getting out wind-up Christmas toys. Today was a good day; I had a meeting for the end of…

Rumour has it…

It’s a Thursday night which is my night off from school work, as I have Brownies 5-6.30pm (Girlguiding, not just a long session of eating brownies), usually followed by a night of Netflix. I thought I would mix things up a bit this week however and write a blog tonight instead. The week began with…

Falling beakers and forged notes

My first week back of this half-term started with a training day at school, delivered by Chris Henley, co-author of the book ‘The Art of Being a Brilliant Teacher’. The main point of the day was to help our school develop a culture of positivity by teaching us techniques for creating positive relationships with the students.…

Teaching: take two

On Friday 19th October at 2.45pm, the school bell sounded, marking the end of my first half term as an NQT. I had been counting down to that moment since returning to school, however unfortunately it ended on a tough lesson. It was a year 7 lesson, where the students were understandably even more hyper,…

Frubes, grapes and QTS

As I sat in my final review meeting with my university tutor, school mentor and teach first participant development lead and pondered the question: “What two things are you most proud of this year?”, I felt like I was in one of those TV shows where as someone is asked a question, you watch clips…

Teach First Futures Easter School

Teach First Futures is a university access programme that aims to give sixth formers from backgrounds currently under-represented at university the support they need to attend the country’s top universities. For the past four days, I have been volunteering as a group leader in the Futures Easter School at Cambridge University. Although many people thought…

To teach, or not to teach?

Some people who decide to do Teach First know before even starting that they are not going to pursue a career in teaching, but they are just using it to develop key skills and experience before moving onto another career. Others who do the programme have had their heart set on teaching for years and…