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Personal Reflection

What teaching philosophy teaches me: Reductionism

Friday break time is staff briefing time. Yesterday we had a briefing regarding what to do if OFSTED come in this year, which is a big possibility, considering it will be close to 5 years since our last inspection. Everything we should be doing was broken down into minute details, explained to us with clarity […]

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School Sport

Sport and Sanctions

Today I received this email: Dear Sporticus, I wanted to speak to you at break but got sidetracked with trips and other things. Head of Year and I met Bob and his parents this morning regarding his academic achievements and concerns about his lack of organisation and commitment in general. It has been agreed that […]

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Personal Reflection

Learning from a ranting blog post.

I’ve reached a cross roads in my teaching career. I’ve been teaching for 12 years and I’ve either got to fully embrace the profession, look to develop my weaknesses and become a better teacher or I need to leave. I started blogging last month to share my thoughts, help me reflect on my practice and […]

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Personal Reflection

Don’t Blog Post in Anger, I heard you say.

I’m sorry. This is a rant. We have been back at school for 8 working days. On day number 6 a member of my department was ‘told off’ by the School Business Manager, part of the leadership team, but someone who is not directly in charge of line managing teachers. My colleagues transgression was that […]

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Personal Reflection

What I learnt from a Dinosaur.

I had a quite an emotional chat today with a 62 year old teacher named Bernie. Now Bernie teaches Physics. He has taught Physics for 39¬†years. God knows how many young men and women he has shared¬†his knowledge and understanding of Newton’s Laws of Motion, Interference of Waves or Quarks and Antiquarks to, but he […]

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Academic PE

Examination PE: What I learnt today from a Maths Teacher

The last time I taught A-Level PE was two years ago. It went pretty poorly and for the first time in over a decade I had students who didn’t meet their target grades or better. At the time in my write up to the Headmaster I found every excuse under the sun, other than my […]