Ubuntulessness and the White and Blue

Sometimes human beings are hard to motivate. There’s a fabulously funny and not  necessarily accurate stereotype of teens being the feet-dragging, downward-mouth-turning, eye-rolling apathetics of the world. But we’re all prone to feeling tired, grumpy, unmotivated and rather unco-operative.  Any class in the later lessons on a Thursday epitomises this, but most of the time […]

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Remember Your Why (Me)?

I might be hurtling towards middle age, accumulating years and years of performing-monkey-poetry-teaching experience (and addictions to coffee, and stationery) on top of a good few years of university, a century ago, but l, Iike all of us in this precarious, fragile, worrying world of ours, still learn something new each and every day, and […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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