Archive | March, 2013
Aside 22 Mar

And so at the end of another week I can’t help but think there is nothing I would rather do than teach. It’s so so great when I see growth in a student, when they start taking note of what they can do! The jokes too, they make me laugh constantly and inspire me to develop more techniques to help them. I can understand though, when a year 11 told me today, it’s getting scary now.. What happens after the exams when it’s up to us what comes next. They must be taught their strengths earlier so that the fear becomes excitement filled. 

Talking to the students

19 Mar

Talking to the students.

Talking to the students

19 Mar

Isn’t it funny how we are taught during Initial Teacher Training to always maintain high expectations and do you know what, that is the easy part for me. Even the most challenging child has a gift in them. The irony is, how many of us as a habit talks to students and learns about their world, their expectations and how they see their journey. I’m grateful that life has provided me with the appreciation that everyone has a story which is often not told. What weneed is the opportunity to bring this to the fore


11 Mar


Aside 11 Mar

I have to say, it makes sense why students lack belief in themselves. Teachers are left with little choice in the classroom but to focus on preset performance targets. This unfortunately takes away from the caring, nurturing side of the profession. Students like to feel like they are more than results, like we really care but it does not shine through often enough. I feel fortunate to be able to do both, I care deeply and show them that they can reach those targets and beyond. They keep the ship moving, I only set its course and help keep it in the right direction.

A very positive few days!

9 Mar

My focus for the week has been showing students their strengths and the opportunities which are out there waiting for them. It’s so sad how little many of the young people think they have to give! in discussion with a 16 year old boy I said, have you never read a book and felt like you were there in the story? He replied no, but I have felt like that on a computer game. It’s an escape. My thoughts were why would you want to ‘escape’ at such a young age, the sky’s the limit! 

I hope to get them there, the world is full of wonderful opportunities waiting for us to take them  up. 



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