New year’s resolutions as a teacher

Still as relevant a year on!

Luke Richardson

In a few days 2017 will be done and we’ll move forward, bright eyed and optimistic (hopefully) into 2018. I’m sure you have ideas of things you’d like to do better next year; things you’d like to start or stop in order to make 2018 better, brighter and more successful.

However, new year’s resolutions are very hard to keep – one study I read says only 8% of people manage it. So it’s important to pick the right thing; something that is achievable and will have the maximum benefit to your teaching in 2018.

Here’s some ideas you might like to try to enrich your teaching life:

Keep a diary

I started doing this is September and I’ve loved it. I just record some positive thoughts each day, things I’m worried about and things I’m thankful for. It’s great to look back and see what I’ve achieved and how I’ve worked…

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How to relax as a teacher

A year on this still stands!

Luke Richardson

It’s Christmas eve 2017 as I write this and we’ve made it to the holiday! What a long term. But, walking back to my car through the school car park on Friday I noticed colleagues loading box upon box of work into their cars – as if they’re not taking time off, just working from home for two weeks. Why do we as teachers find it so hard to relax? To leave work at work and truly unplug?

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Here’s a few things you could try to unplug this holiday, the students will thank you for it when you’re refreshed and re-energised in January.

Leave all your work stuff in the boot of the car – or at least somewhere out of sight.

Don’t spend the holiday looking at the pile of books that you’d like to have marked for…

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Five ways to proofread – both for you and your students

We all know what it's like, you post something online, or send an all-staff e-mail, then notice the glaringly obvious mistake in the first line. That happens because when you read something you've just written, you read what you want it to say - not what's actually written. This is something that affects me, both as …

Do you read thrillers? I’m looking for beta readers for my first novel

Luke Richardson

As I’ve discussed before on the blog I’m currently writing my first novel and it’s nearly finished!

Read my post here about how I’ve done that alongside being a full time teacher.

I’d like it to be read by a few people who read thrillers frequently and have the time to give me a few comments about how the book flows, bits you liked and bits you didn’t. I’ll give you some questions to help you think about things to comment on, it will take a few minutes of your time – but it’ll be so helpful for me.


Do you read thrillers? I need your help I’m looking for beta readers for my upcoming novel, could you help?


If you’d like to do that, follow this link, leave me your e-mail address and I’ll send it over when it’s ready. 

Thank you again for your support.


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Helping young people visualise the future

How many times have you heard an assembly about working hard to benefit later, the metaphor of sowing seeds for your future, or an even less structured rant about "the future is what you make it, rah, rah, rah..." In fact, I am guilty of playing that same "stuck record" myself, telling students how important …