Holidays, AKA Letting the (Stop-and-Go) Dust Settle

They’re here, the August holidays, a time to Stop after all the Go-Go-Go-Go of a typically tiring, frantically frenetic Term 2 – it’s the same sense of relief as, as after half an hour at the Stop, finally being told to Go. After a term of inhaling dusty air and the Eat or be Eaten, […]

More

One Thing at a Time

About three years ago, when the juggling of to-do lists of knives, duties, watermelons, bowling pin things, balls, marking piles and flamethrowers were getting out of hand (literally and figuratively), l adopted this mantra in desperation. I now bleat it at myself, my friends, my mother, my car, my students and unreliably veering supermarket trolleys […]

More

The Pen is Less Grillerig than the Sword Or Why Weird School Days are Wonderful

I’ve been buying stationery again. It ultimately benefits the students, l promise. Also, green pens are for moderation, ironic in my case (see image). It’s a self-soothing, highly impractical and expensive habit. There’s also no end in sight for this fatal flaw, because l am a teacher – stationery is essential and NICE stationery is […]

More

Sincere Support for School Support

You’d think that, with my pathological addiction to alliteration, books and setting poetry tests, I would be writing vast tracts in support of reading and other academic pursuits, and I am sure I have and will. But I am wholeheartedly, eleventy-million percent (Maths was never my strong point, something I sadly have in common with […]

More

Where Have All the Students gone?!

Someone once said that a school could function perfectly if there were no students in it… l think that MIGHT be missing the point just a tad. But a student-free classroom itself is a strange beast. There’s the important before-school prep time, when the classroom is empty, the noise outside grows as students arrive, and […]

More