This blog post has been a very long time coming. I've hesitated, paused, rethought and rewritten, always afraid that I would cause offence by publishing it. Because this post is going to call people out, and if I've written it right, it might make others uncomfortable with their own language choices around the subject of … Continue reading Don’t Call Me Fragile
Here we are, back in lockdown again... I'll resist the urge to get all political and go on a rant, I promise! As you'll know if you've read my NQT year blogs (an ongoing project) I am an avid journaller, writing every day if I can. While being invaluable for recounting my NQT experiences, it's … Continue reading Under The Same Stars
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?
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
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?
I am not ideal. Let me unpack that, because in its stark brevity it may be jarring, despite its truth. The terms 'extrovert' and 'introvert' to describe the two ends of the personality spectrum are relatively new, having been popularised almost 100 years ago by Carl Jung. But the predisposition towards one or the other, … Continue reading I am not ideal.
Dear ten-year-old Caitlin, When I look at your school picture, I see your smile before anything else. But I remember how often you didn’t want to smile, too. Your crooked teeth, your clothes, your glasses, your height, your introversion, your maturity, your willingness to wear a woolly hat when it’s cold, your cleverness (yes, you … Continue reading A Letter to My Younger Self