Post 1000 and 10 years of blogging: #growinggrit, an update and challenge

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Share this: 4 Well. Blimey. It’s been ten years of blogging. Ten years from this rather pants post  (together with an horrendous selfie – what was I thinking?!). Ten years and I still haven’t made a proper site. 10 years of poor grammar, spelling and typos. Well, actually, it was 10 years a couple of weeks […]

It’s TeachMeet #GAConf17 time!

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Share this: 4 Apologies for putting this here rather than the TM wiki, but the storage limit has been reached there! Following the success of TeachMeet #GAConf16 , we are proud to present the 2017 TeachMeet Proudly Sponsored by: Exact location to be confirmed but will be at the University of Surrey, Guildford. Followed by informal […]

So, you’re designated safeguarding lead. 7 lessons I’ve learnt so far.

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Share this: 4 In the 15 years that I’ve been teaching, I’ve been given many roles. Since September 2016 I’ve been the school’s designated safeguarding lead. This post shares some reflections, one term into the role, with the aim that others in the same situation may find it useful.No training ever prepares you fully. Like […]

Growing grit: a plan that doesn’t involve the classroom

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Share this: 4 I believe that the most important time in school is in the classroom and that teaching and learning is at the heart of all school decisions. However, I am also an advocate of extra-curricular provision and outdoor education, in particular the ability of expeditions to develop personal attributes in young people. Indeed, […]

The most important professional conversation of the year: appraisal.

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Share this: 4 The most important party of a mountain marathon is the fifteen or so minutes spent deciding on the route before heading off.  Although the clock has started, (there are seven hours each day to collect as many points as possible) having a clear plan and making the decisions whilst fresh in mind […]

Textbooks: everyone’s guilty pleasure and a workload saver

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Share this: 4 Disclaimer: I was provided two copies of the GA’s KS3 geography Teachers’ Toolkit for free in return for an honest review. I’ve wrote back in 2009 that textbooks are everyone’s guilty pleasure. The fashion at the time was for textbook bashing, especially amongst members of the Geographical Association (The GA) which was a […]