Low expectations

A week is a long time in politics, so the saying goes. The same could be said for teaching. A week ago, my mental health had got to such a level that I considered quitting teacher training, albeit only for a moment or two. This last week has been altogether different. First of all, let […]

Coping strategies are needed for ITT year

This last week has been rather upsetting. At more than one point, I thought of quitting, of abandoning this whole teaching project and returning to my nice comfortable life as a housewife and mother. Maybe then I would be able to focus more on my writing, and work uninterrupted on my KS3 textbook pet project. […]

My take of the week

It’s been a mixed bag of a week so far. One thing I’ve been forcibly reminded of is that it’s best to take a step back and react to negative events with a cool head rather than in the spur of the moment. I have had two such occasions this week. The first one, which […]

Behaviour should be on the curriculum

Anyone reading my tweets and blogs lately can be in little doubt that I have been struggling with poor behaviour in my classroom. By that I mean, constant low level disruption and a tendency for the class to get rather noisy, which has hampered my ability to teach. I have racked my brain trying to […]

QTS levels 1 to 4: not the way forward

The education establishment is agog at Justine Greening’s latest announcement regarding an apprenticeship route into teaching for non-graduates. At the same time, we have the Chartered College of Teaching offering a £850 programme of certification for experienced teachers to differentiate themselves from the rest. In effect, this is all likely to lead to a hierarchical, […]

Cognitive psychology and my approach to teaching history this year

I have been mulling for some time all that I have learned so far about cognitive psychology and its application in the classroom, stimulated by my reading of Daniel Willingham’s ‘Why don’t students like school?’, Daisy Christodoulou’s ‘Making good progress?’, the Learning Scientists blog and Clare Sealy’s recent blog about teaching for long term memory. […]

Schools can feel like prison sometimes

I had my first primary placement day today. My Schools Direct teacher training requires me to spend 5 days in a primary school (not necessarily consecutive days – I shall be doing a day a week all the way until half term) so that I can find out what happens on the other side of […]