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
One year ago this week I brought my seventeen-year-long teaching contract to an end. Having entered a profession which was high pressured and fast changing, I’d seen the role get higher pressured and faster changing as the years went on. I was still thriving on the fact that I got to spend time with young … Continue reading A Year On from Teaching
Has anyone else noticed that it seems to be getting cooler? Not necessarily in the afternoon, when it’s still summery and bright. Certainly though, in the mornings and evenings, when it’s decidedly… autumnal. For me. in the north of England, this is always more pronounced. As September rolls on, nearly all of us will notice … Continue reading Autumn Blues
The reasons why we need to get a good night’s sleep are well grounded in science. All the same, we keep on working late into the night or ignoring the lifestyle changes we need to start conquering the 3am monkey mind. As if you needed reminding, here are the reasons why you really need to … Continue reading Seven Reasons Why You Really Need to Start Getting Enough Sleep
How old were you when you started teaching? Was it a continuous route from school to university and back to school, or did you work in another job first? Traditionally, teaching is a career where many have worked in other professions first. Often an unfulfilling career is the catalyst for retraining as a teacher, perhaps … Continue reading Where Have All the Teachers Gone?
To have the best chance of good mental health, there are certain practices that should be a regular part of our lives. These include exercising, eating well, meditation or mindfulness and spending time with family. Too often, teachers don’t devote the time they should to these practices because of the time constraints of school. Generally, … Continue reading How to Form Habits that Improve your Life