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School holidays – an oxymoron for teachers

I discovered that it is normal for teachers to wake up most days at 3:00 am thinking about work and unable to get back to sleep. Teaching can indeed be relentless. School holidays are organised “time outs” and a chance to plan … Continue reading

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School reports

Are an absolutely vital, yet, logistical challenge to any school. Notwithstanding that the comments may be “watered down” they provide parents with valuable insight into their children’s learning now and going forward. I think there is a business however in deciphering reports for some … Continue reading

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Real Time Teaching

They don’t call teaching a ‘front line’ job without good reason. Most things, even planning on occasion, is done in real-time, with decisions expected in seconds and a huge variety of needs and wants from students expected to be dealt … Continue reading

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PPTA settlement

It looks like the PPTA and Government may be able to reach agreement on pay and conditions. Great, as a new teacher I am not interested in strike action and the consequential impact on learners. In this time of national and … Continue reading

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Drop Cover Hold

I have not done an Earthquake drill at school since I was in Primary school. So it was quite timely to practice a drill recently. Drop, Cover, Hold …..  if there is time!  As teachers we, our families and our … Continue reading

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Music in class? IPods, Yes or No

The following article by Michael Griffin  is a subject of interesting debate. A recent survey I did  of senior students indicated that there was almost unanimous support for students listening to music whilst working. Not sure I agree….. https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0Bx1slII6ri-qNmFkYTY0ZDYtODAxYy00NzE0LThjNDktNjAyMGExNDM3MjUz&hl=en&authkey=CI2jn9ID

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First week as a teacher

In contrast to what the cynics said, my first week at Wellington East Girls College was exactly what I expected, in fact it exceeded my expectations. Some adjectives spring to mind…..exciting, interesting, chaotic at times, pacy, diverse, energetic, caring.  In … Continue reading

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