In defence of the Quiet Teacher I’ve written about being introverted before (I am not ideal) and about supporting introverted and shy pupils (Empowering the Quiet Ones.) It shouldn’t feel like such a niche topic to write about: according to introvert guru Susan Cain, 30 to 50% of people show introverted traits and would likely … Continue reading My Presence is Not Like Yours
Thoughts on Bullying This blog is in response to the Priti Patel bullying scandal that has swept through UK news recently. I’m not a politician and won’t pretend to know the ins and outs of the situation - like any other member of the public, the view I have has been formed of what I’ve … Continue reading Whose voices should we hear?
This blog was originally published by True Education Partnerships. You can read it on their site instead by following this link (though if you do, please consider coming back here to leave a comment on it!) I spent the summer term and summer holidays trawling every search I could think of, in search of a … Continue reading A New Challenge: Teaching in Early Years
It's such a long time since I've written one of these blog posts, revisiting my NQT year with an eye to finding something useful to share! When I flicked through my diaries to find what I wrote in December, I wasn't sure how any of it could become something useful to an up-and-coming NQT. Though … Continue reading December
So, this happened... On Wednesday morning, I recorded a podcast with the wonderful Toria from Teaching Others and Learning All the Time. She has made it her mission to raise tiny voices from the Twitterverse, to help us be heard and to make our stories known. One of those stories is mine. My URL alone … Continue reading Finding My Voice
Three Recent Reads Something I did a whole lot of in lockdown, not surprisingly, was reading. There were plenty of times when I needed an escape from the stressful scenario we found ourselves in (arguably, that we haven't left yet!) and my crammed bookshelves were the ideal respite. So for this Sunday Shelf, I thought … Continue reading Sunday Shelf, Vol. 4
August 9th - Book Lovers' Day A poem I came across while looking for images to accompany this blog post - sadly I am unable to find out who wrote it! Through the beauty of my twitter trends list this morning, I found out that today is Book Lovers' Day (known as National Book Lovers' … Continue reading Sunday Shelf, Vol. 3
When 'empowerment' emerged as a theme for the #DailyWritingChallenge, I thought long and hard about it. I feel as though I have been empowered by this blog, sharing pieces of myself with every entry I post and making connections with new people who have been affected by the things I have written. But this time, … Continue reading Empowering the Quiet Ones
I'm in a weird in-between stage in my life, and I don't know if I like it. Actually, I think my family would attest to me not liking it very much, considering how much I've moaned about it lately! All my life, my next step has been predetermined and secure. I have always known what … Continue reading Are Treadmills Over-rated?
Or, keeping calm and carrying on https://i.pinimg.com/564x/4c/b3/66/4cb366c455ecc08786d89e8c7cf234a4.jpg I have been fairly resilient for a long time. Setback after setback has tried to stop me living my dream, but here I am, the end of my NQT year a hair's breadth from my grasp. I had rather hoped that my crusade of forced resilience might come … Continue reading Resolve