Reflections of a reluctant university student

Having started the university part of my Schools Direct teacher training – we had two full university days this week – I have had cause for new reflection. For the first time, it was clear to me just how wide a gulf there is between me and my fellow new teachers in terms of our […]

One and a half weeks in…

Well it’s really one week in, as Monday and Tuesday last week were insets. I’ve taught five lessons so far and had my first lesson observed today. As I tweeted the other day: By any standard, I’ve done well so far. I’ve settled into my new school, got to grips with the computer systems and […]

What I’ve learned so far about teaching

August has raced along, packed with family adventures and relaxed, lazy days at home. In its wake comes September, the most bittersweet month of the year. Already the days are growing shorter and the leaves are falling off the trees. We collected our first lot of (very young) conkers today. Of course, along with a […]

Embracing change

The beauty of having my own blog is that I can write about thoughts and ideas as and when they come to me. Sometimes this means writing blogs on consecutive days, other times a week or two can pass  by without a word written. The impulsive nature of my writing means that there isn’t always […]

My little homily

I’m in a reflective mood today, in part due to two things. Firstly, there have been several insightful blogs on my twitter feed this week that have stimulated my thinking juices (such as this and this). Secondly, I’ve spent the last few days putting together some flat pack furniture and repainting my son’s bedroom, and […]

Understanding privilege

I have just returned from a week’s holiday in north Yorkshire with my husband and 8-year old son, which was blessed by surprisingly warm and sunny weather. In the course of the week, I have been nagged by a series of thoughts which I want to explore in this blog today. When viewed through the […]

What does studying history teach us?

I read an interesting article by Mark Bailey in the Times today, kindly shared on this tweet. In it I learned that history has superseded PPE as the most commonly held degree among the nation’s MPs – 15% of all parliamentarians and 10% of the Cabinet are trained historians. Not only this but several high […]

My round up of the week

A week is a long time on edu-twitter. In between going out and about entertaining an 8-year old and assembling the flat pack from hell (@oldandrewuk has nothing on me when it comes to flat pack furniture), I’ve been dipping in and out of my Twitter feed, which, despite it being August, has been as […]

Old history essays

The Summer holiday has provided an opportunity for a major clear-out and re-organisation of all my accumulated possessions. In the process, I have re-discovered a box file full of my old essays from school and university which have miraculously survived all my mother’s many culls of my stuff. I think it was important for me […]

Change and continuity in history teaching

Since accepting a history teacher training place through Schools Direct, I have delved into the substance and theory of my new profession, reading teacher blogs, professional journals and books (both history and theory books) . I must confess to finding the history books fun and interesting to read, the theory ones rather less so. Burrowing […]