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 …

Protect the quality of your teaching by harnessing the power of NO

Saying no to something is never popular. People won't praise you for it, they won't thank you for it - however, it could be one of the most important words of your professional career. As teachers, we are great at doing lots of things, we've always got things on the go - but, I think …

The Healthy Teacher Project 9 – Mal Krishnasamy

What is The Healthy Teacher Project? Mal Krishnasamy is an education consultant and leadership coach. She has worked as the head of history, been part of a school's senior team and the management team of a multi-academy trust. I love talking with people like Mal who have stepped away from classroom teaching because their perspectives …

See, wonder and infer – a structure to help your students with inference

See wonder and infer grid

Students are better at inference than they get credit for. Their problem often lies in ordering and expressing their thoughts  - not the inference itself. I use this structure to help students talk and write about their inferences of both texts and images.   We go through this one stage at a time: First, students …

The power of taking a social media break as a teacher

Social media is great. Scrolling through Twitter today and seeing resources, advice and excitement being shared is inspiring. However, over the holiday, I've not been on it at all - and I've loved it. As someone who checks my Twitter and Instagram at every available opportunity, it was strange to start with - but I …