Month: December 2016

What can I do if I leave teaching?

What can I do if I leave teaching? I used to be a teacher.  I was a teacher for 18 years and now I am a copywriter because I wanted a little bit of my life back.  If I am honest I really want a little bit of the classroom back now… but that is a different article. Part of my role as a copywriter is to research the sort of terms that people would be keying into search engines.  Knowing these search terms helps me write content that you would be searching for.  Here are some of the...

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New Teacher Advice – All the advice you will ever hear as a new teacher

You are like a walking target for well-meaning  new teacher advice.  Some will be the best teaching advice ever, like ever, and some will be bad teaching advice. But, one of the things you should always do is attempt to keep your sense of humour.  So, with a quick search on Pinterest, here is the best funny teacher advice out there. New Teacher Advice Number 01: Once I get this prepped and laminated I will be set for years.  Ooh, look! New curriculum. So. Annoyingly. True. You can spend ages organising your resources, being super organised, laminating as if...

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Best Practice on Social Media for Teachers

One of the most difficult lines for a teacher to walk is between work and social media.  It can be used for school but encouraging students onto social media has a whole host of safeguarding issues.  Teachers naturally want a personal presence on the internet, it is as much a part of modern life as owning a mobile phone. So, what is the best advice for teachers about Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and the seemingly daily addition to the social media world. Here is some broad guidance, though in no way exhaustive: Read your school’s social media policy. This...

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Travel the world as a teacher

Join the teaching profession and see the world… oh hang on… that’s the Armed Forces, right? But, seriously, teaching is one of those professions that is valued all over the world.  Maybe, if your time as a UK teacher is starting to grind, maybe a brief sojourn abroad is the answer.  What are your options for teaching abroad in Dubai or in Colorado or maybe even in Canada? Volunteer teaching abroad You would be teaching alongside a teacher in a school in one of 25 destinations around the world.  You would likely be helping students improve skills in...

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My first year as a teacher and how I would do it differently now.

My first year as a teacher was in 1998.  I got a job in an outstanding school in the middle of the Somerset levels.  The students were from country homes and farms and everything in between this narrow band of folk.  I was a northern biker and I was 22.  I am really not sure how I got the job and I certainly cannot think why I chose the school.  I think it was in the 50-mile boundary I had drawn around Bristol and I didn’t think I would ever get a job anyway – being selective wasn’t an...

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