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I’d planned to write about teachers and minimalism a couple of weeks ago. As luck would have it, a few things got in the way. Perhaps for the best, I now find myself writing on Black Friday. A day when consumerism rules, for many people, anyway. In case you hadn’t noticed, minimalism is big right … Continue reading A Not So Black Friday
An open letter to Eddie Ledsham, a primary school teacher from Merseyside who quit his primary school teaching job after just one term. Dear Eddie, I was sorry to hear about your experiences in teaching and your decision to quit your job so early on. I was sorry too, to hear about the huge workload … Continue reading Dear Eddie,
Science shows that most us are at our most creative and productive early on a morning. If you aren’t doing anything productive with your time before lessons start, then you’re missing out. Even if you only squeeze in twenty minutes of work at the start of the day however, it sets you up to work … Continue reading Tired Once the Kids Go Home? Here are Six Ways to Optimise your Mid-Afternoon
With the typical primary school teacher now putting in around sixty hours a week we’re up against it with workload. Part of the problem is that we need to put in around thirty hours a week in front of our students and then knock off several hours a day of planning, preparation and assessment. It … Continue reading Does your Workload Leave you in Need of Inspiration? Make Like a Famous Author
We are a chronically overworked generation. Teachers are one of the worst examples of this, but all the advice I’m going to give today could equally apply to other overworked professionals. In the United Kingdom, primary school teachers are now averaging a working week of just under sixty hours. That doesn’t leave too much … Continue reading Nine Things You Must Start Doing to Crush your Sixty-Hour Working Week
Just a few days into the new term and the discussion on teacher salaries is with us again. In a report released yesterday by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) we saw that teachers’ salaries in the United Kingdom have been decreasing in real terms for several years. Internationally, the opposite has been … Continue reading What Teachers Really Want