Being 10% Braver

Today was a Development Day packed with the sharing of practice, the celebration of great work and plenty of festive fun. It also contained a sprinkle of added bravery and we can all blame Amjad Ali and his TeachMeet last night, #TMOxford. I was thrilled to find a live feed for an event I would have …

A Beacon of Light

I first worked with Sally in my first year of teaching- 2009. It was a class I've referenced in other posts and one I still have vivid memories of today. That group of students challenged me to become a better teacher: They were level 1 hospitality students and had very long and difficult days in …

#nurture1516

'Time flies when you're having fun'. I'm absolutely certain that it flies whatever is happening as somehow we've arrived at another new year and another moment to reflect on the past year as well as to set hopes for the one to come. I've reached one of those rare junctions in life where so much has …

#teacher5aday

So Martyn Reah began the #teacher5aday hashtag on Twitter in order to tackle the urgent need for staff working within education to focus more on their wellbeing. This week, I tried to hit one thing for each of the 5 during the week: #notice is the one I like the most and was certainly the …

Easter Reflections

On return to work tomorrow, I'll be asking my learners to complete some short reflections on their Easter revision. We'll discuss the other things they got up to but we need to evaluate our next steps in the weeks leading to their exams. My Easter has, as planned, been more than two weeks of total …

#Nurture1415

So reading through last year's #Nurture1314 post was certainly very interesting.  I've decided to make this one a little more meaningful. My wishes will not be a mere to do list but will contain things that might make a difference. 'I'm excited about what 2014 will hold. There is much to be nervous about and huge …

#nurture1314

The term is over and so is the teaching year. I wrote a 'Top 10 of 2013' at the end of term but then I saw that everyone was doing the #nurture1314 thing and like a sheep, I'm going to follow the crowd. Here are my top 13 successes of 2013: 1. Pass It On CPD This has …