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The Myth of the Good Student


Not so long ago I found out that two of my teenage students have been having a competition in my classes.  Apparently they've been trying to see who can say the word "genitais" the most in class - this means "genitals"... Continue Reading →

Secret Teacher Guest Post: Professionalism Problems


There are quite a few secret teachers out there in the world.  People who have spotted things that need changing in their environment but whose ideas or suggestions are brushed aside or dismissed out of hand.  This blog was contacted... Continue Reading →

Mentor Me! (or can I just get on with it?)


What do you want from a mentor?  As a mentor, what do you want from your mentees?  These two expectations don't always meet in the middle and it can be a cause of professional friction when that happens. I recently... Continue Reading →

World Teachers’ Day


It was World Teachers' Day last Sunday - and there is a certain irony in celebrating the teaching profession on the one day of the week that no-one's in school, but never mind! As part of the celebrations the Teaching... Continue Reading →

Shoot me now… #ObservationCalamities


It was just one of those lessons.  Sometimes you can judge within about three minutes how an observed lesson is going to go – it’s about how present the teacher is, how at home they are with the class, the... Continue Reading →

The 250th Post: A reflection


This is the 250th blog post I've written.  That's quite a lot, in fact, you know that novel that everyone's got hiding inside them?  I could probably have written mine by now.  And possibly even a sequel! I wrote my... Continue Reading →

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