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Teachers on Twitter: why you should join and how to get started | Teacher Network

I’ve been using Twitter for six months and it’s already one of the best career decisions I’ve made. For a while, it seemed that my relationship with teaching was going to be short lived (the first rush of excitement and energy was gone and in need of resuscitation). But thanks to some of the inspiring educators on Twitter, I have fallen back in love with teaching. Earlier this year, a colleague (@historychappy) presented a 10-minute continuing professional development session on…

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Effective Teaching Techniques – The Educator Blog – Education Article

Teaching techniques? It is not what you teach, but the way that you do it. Identifying Sound Technique Whether introducing five-year olds to phonics or telling tales of the Tudors to A Level history students, there is only really one way of measuring our success. Students’ learning. Despite what some ivory towered experts tell us, if our students progress well our teaching techniques must be effective. Remember the terrible traumas of the early two thousands? The time when teaching was…

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How to avoid teacher burnout – Education Article

For most teachers up and down the country right now the garden is rosy and the mood is positive. Okay, that’s not strictly true. We should not forget that for some teachers the start of term will be anything but the above. If the practicalities of funding cuts or the aftermath of disappointing exam results are looming large, the start of the new academic year won’t bring many reasons to be cheerful with it. However, most teachers would probably agree…

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Working in independent schools – The Educator Blog – Education Article

Nearly fifty independent schools closed in the last academic year. Many others are struggling. It is not a good time to be a teacher in the independent sector. For a short period, I taught in a place on the verge of closure, an average sized privately-owned Prep school based in the East Midlands. I recall one day walking up the rather splendid staircase to the staff room. Around the landing were a dozen or so boys, looking a little sorry…

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10 of the Absolute Best Podcasts for Teachers – Education Article

Most teachers find their motivation to work as hard as they do by using their summer wisely. Summer is a time to follow your curiosity and see where it leads. That’s why we scoped out some of the best, most inspirational podcasts for teachers to queue up in the coming months. Listen in! 1. For feeling empathy, validation, and just plain normal about your stressful teaching life … HMH Learning Moments: Teachers in America is a new podcast. You’ll hear…

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The Truth About Teacher Overtime – Education Article

As teachers, we hear the comments every year.  “It must be nice having summers off.”  “I wish I had teacher hours.”  “Being a teacher is like working part time.”  Of course, none of these are true. Most teachers are signing contracts for 180 days of work every year, so at first glance, it might look like it’s a sweet summers-off gig. But nearly all teachers (including me) will confirm that they work a lot, LOT more—and we are not paid…

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Jeans Should Be a Part of the Teacher Dress Code, and Here’s Why – Education Article

If you had walked in my classroom 10 years ago, you would have seen me in front of the class, wearing a pencil skirt, high heels, and my hair in a tight bun. My students were probably sitting in straight rows while I was lecturing. But walk into my classroom now, and you’ll see something entirely different. Tables in groups, students on the floor with Chromebooks in their laps. The students are talking, collaborating, moving around. And I’m right there…

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5 Ways to Keep Up Motivation – Education Article

As we cruise into the final weeks of the school year, it can be easy to lose motivation for both the teachers and the students. After about nine months of being with the same group day after day inside a small classroom, you might be tempted to throw in the towel. Teachers think they have all seen the best their students can do up to this moment and students are ready to turn the page and begin summer break. However,…

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What Teachers Need to Know Before Switching Careers – Education Article

Many teachers are seeking career paths outside the classroom in an effort to save their quality of life. About one year ago, I made the decision to leave the classroom without leaving education. Now I split my time between a higher education membership association and freelance writing. It wasn’t easy. It still isn’t. I miss my students, but I don’t miss the rigidity of my schedule, nor do I miss being unable to pee between the hours of 7 a.m.…

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The essentials of lesson planning – Education Article

There’s no shortage of advice and guidance out there on lesson planning. Much of that advice is very useful, and some people make a living out of delivering courses or writing books on the topic. Of course, there is no single, completely fool-proof method or formula to follow that guarantees a successful or ‘Ofsted Outstanding’ lesson every single time – anything that claims to do so is a downright lie. There are a whole host of factors that will ultimately…

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How to prepare students for exams – Education Article

As the summer term begins, we are now into the ‘business end’ of the school year. Non-Examination Assessment (coursework, in old money) will very soon be done and dusted. Marks will be submitted, samples bagged up and sent off… and fingers crossed. That leaves you ‘free’ to focus entirely on preparing students for their exams. Of course, one by-product of the reformed GCSEs is that, in theory, students have essentially been preparing for their final exams since Day 1 of…

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How To Choose A Meaningful Career – Education Article

  It’s something most of us consider as we complete our education and prepare for the job market: how do we choose a career that imbues our life with a sense of meaning and purpose? What does meaning look like to different people, and how difficult is it really to achieve? Is it becoming easier to find a meaningful career in a world where, thanks to technology, there are more job options now than ever before? In a recent interview…

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The PD Teachers Want to Truly Improve Their Teaching – Education Article

I have been a teacher for over 20 years. Do you know how many times I have been truly inspired by professional development? Well, you can count them on two hands. The other hundred or so times, I felt worse than I did when I entered the sessions. The words “bored,” “frustrated” and “irrelevant” come to mind.  18 billion dollars are spent on professional development in the US each year. With such a hefty price tag, it must be working,…

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How to Become a Teacher | Where to Start – Education Article

Over a third of new teachers are career changers, meaning they started teaching as a second career. If you are interested in how to become a teacher, read on! There is a lot to learn about what questions to ask and how to get started. In this post, we are going to try to give some ideas for where to start your research, as well as what you should do and what you should avoid as you try on the…

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