How Teaching Has Evolved During the Last Decade – Education Article

As we get older, ten years does not seem like such a long time anymore. After all, we probably all have t-shirts in the closet and socks in the drawer that are older than ten years. When we were younger, it seemed like a lifetime. But now, it appears a decade can go by in the blink of an eye. This is never truer than being a teacher in the classroom. Before you know it, ten years can fly by…

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Knowledge Organisers: A gigantic leap forward or a step back for learning? – Education Article

Sadly, teachers being off work with stress is not uncommon. Similarly, it’s hardly a great surprise to hear about teaching unions proposing some form of industrial action, or for them to be at loggerheads with government over some aspect of education policy. However, it is something of a surprise to see the reason cited for the above to be all about teaching styles. But the NEU teaching union has voted to support strikes in schools where its members feel that…

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Time management and well-being tips for teachers – Education Article

The maxim ‘work smarter, not harder’ is nothing new. It’s become an ever-present, obligatory slide on CPD PowerPoint presentations up and down the country. Of course, it does make a lot of sense. But, for teachers at least, it’s more likely to be met with an ironic (even derisory) smile and rolling eyes; rather than a great awakening/Damascus Moment, as realisation dawns that life will never ever be the same again. Teachers have every right to retort and remind any…

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Should the SATs be boycotted? – Education Article

The traditional teaching union annual conference season over Easter always seems to open old wounds and sees a re-drawing of ‘battle lines.’ This year’s NEU conference proved to be no exception. In fact, the union appears to have hardened its stance more than ever on the issue of the SATs exams. The NEU conference voted to ballot its members over a boycott of the SATs. It’s a move that has been put forward as a motion before at previous conferences,…

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5 New Year’s Resolutions for teachers – Education Article

The new year is, of course, the time for the annual tradition of making resolutions. Every year millions of people do this and teachers are no exception. Although it might well be the case that the vast majority of new year’s resolutions have gone by the wayside by the end of January, this need not be the case – especially for teachers. You see, teachers are well-versed in the skill of reflection – any classroom practitioner simply needs to be.…

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Why teaching is still the best job in the world – Education Article

Teaching has become a battered and embittered profession in recent years. We are now expected to work for longer into our 60s, pay more into our pensions (and receive less back in retirement). Pay has been frozen – in real terms, cut – for years. The workload issue is getting worse rather than better and we still have to contend with endless reform. That’s not all, there’s also the issue of funding cuts, worsening behaviour, and a deepening recruitment and…

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More win-win New Year’s resolutions for teachers – Education Article

When it comes to New Year’s resolutions for teachers, the focus is often on major changes that will bring about a more positive work-life balance. However, sometimes success is best achieved by making a series of small changes. Try these easy-win/win-win ideas for size. Make time work for you Working smarter, not harder is a mantra that is often heard a lot. A complaint that teachers make a lot is that there is never enough time and not enough hours…

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