Category Archives: Random

Wishing my life away

As I said in an earlier post, I’ve lost a lot of the enthusiasm I had as a new teacher. The reasoning for this is, I believe, that I’ve gotten tired of waiting for my teaching career to start. I … Continue reading

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Taylor Mali – love him

I discovered this slam poet, Taylor Mali, via comments on a Comment is Free blog post I was reading about how to deal with dinner parties as a teacher. Do you lie about what you do? Or do you own … Continue reading

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This is the unemployed supply teacher’s biggest enemy, so I thought I’d share a few tips for alleviating the boredom. Worthy things: Clean the kitchen, tidy the dining room, hoover, bake cakes for a grateful husband, trawl TES for new … Continue reading

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I’m totally knackered!

School is great, I love it, I’m having a great time but I can’t remember the last time I was so exhausted.

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Eek! Wish me luck.

Right, I’ve got my first teaching interview tomorrow. Audition lesson planned.   Check! Transport arranged.   Check! Butterflies in stomach.    Triple check! I’ll let you know how it goes. EDIT! Didn’t get it, but actually I’m not devastated. The school was … Continue reading

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Language teaching in the news

There’s no doubt that languages are a less popular option for a lot of pupils, yet I still hate reading stories like this one, telling me that the state sector’s rejection of languages in a hunt for the magic A* … Continue reading

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Back to School Blues

Early one morning a mother went in to wake up her son. “Wake up, son. It’s time to go to school!” “But why, Mum? I don’t want to go.” “Give me two reasons why you don’t want to go” “Well, … Continue reading

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I saw this and thought of you!

I stumbled on this poem and loved it, I thought my readership here might feel the same. It sums up beautifully why teachers do what they do, and the attitudes of those who don’t understand. What Teachers Make, or Objection … Continue reading

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On teaching boys

When I heard I was being placed in a boys school I couldn’t believe it. As a linguist I spend a lot of university teaching time thinking about how to engage and enthuse boys in what is essentially a feminine … Continue reading

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A proper teacher

Well, ok, not really. But I did teach my very first whole lesson today – from beginning to end, entering the room until being dismissed, they were my class. I enjoyed it very much. I think they did too, and … Continue reading

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