Last week, I couldn’t open a magazine or click onto a blog without people talking about taking up new hobbies, getting their finances in order or focussing on their goals. For teachers, this time of year has always been a fresh start – new schools, new students, new courses. This year, the world and her … Continue reading Why September is the New January
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 long summer holidays are all about enjoying and looking after ourselves: sleeping enough, exercising regularly, seeing friends, preparing well-balanced meals. It’s all been coming so easily for us all. But one very negative habit has also taken hold of me. I’ve grown attached, and I mean almost physically to my mobile phone. This has … Continue reading Ditch your Phone, Some of the Time At Least
The women in my local charity shop are getting to know my face. My name pops up on my city’s Freecycle page more than any other at present. I’ve discovered that I can part with books once I’ve read them. And I feel great about it. Put another way, I’ve discovered how good it feels … Continue reading Live with Less
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?