Six Facts About Teachers

If you are a teacher like myself then I am sure you have heard at least one, if not all of the myths below.  Teachers, are constantly bombarded with common misconceptions about their occupation. While teachers know the truth, it seems that no one outside the teaching profession is aware of the amount of work, continuing education, and paperwork that…

10 Amazing Classroom Themes

If you are like me, you may be considering changing your classroom theme next academic year. I love a fresh new start for the year and as much as my children and I enjoyed our classroom theme last year, I feel that it has come to its end. I’ve been thinking about some classroom ideas and a new theme for…

Yoga in the Classroom

As yoga is becoming more mainstream for adults in recent years, the benefits are indubitable; more and more schools are starting to embrace the power of yoga and mindfulness to improve the wellbeing of their students. Being a yoga newbie myself and a full time primary school teacher, I have been wondering about ways of bringing yoga into the classroom.…

Helping your Child Understand Body Language

There are many people choose to communicate feelings and show emotion using both verbal and non-verbal cues. Understanding non-verbal cues can be hard for some children with learning and attention difficulties. These children may find it hard to decode body language which can create friction in their ability to form positive relationships with both peers and adults. Understanding body language…

10 Stages of Report Writing

It’s that time of the year when all teachers are busy writing reports! What stage are you at? Read on for the ten stages of report writing… 1. Initial shock when you find out that you have to start writing reports along with assessments, data collecting, marking and 500,000,000 other things on your to-do list. 2. Pretending you didn’t get…

D.I.R.T in teaching

I just love this comic to show the D.I.R.T acronym in a nutshell! If you are wondering what DIRT stands for you are in the right place! Read on to find out how you can get your DIRT on, in teaching…  D.I.R.T is an acronym that stands for Dedicated Improvement and Reflection Time. It’s the time you allocate for pupils…

Learn the names of 2-D shapes: triangles and quadrilaterals

The internet is full of educational videos to help you learn. Below are two great videos you can watch to learn about triangles and quadrilaterals. Learn the different types of triangles by watching this fun video. Learn the names of different quadrilaterals with Mr. Mathantics in the video below. Play some games to test your geometry knowledge. Have fun finding…

You know you’ve been a teacher for too long when…

Teachers love to teach but you know you’ve been teaching for too long when… 1. You go out in public and get an uncontrollable urge to correct other children’s behaviour.  2. Everything makes sense once you meet the parents. 3. You get your life back during holiday time.  4. You want to slap the next person who says to you,…

Child Neglect

Child neglect is a form of child abuse and is a deficit in meeting a child’s basic needs. The UK government’s statutory guidance ‘Working together to safeguard children’, defines neglect as: The persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development.  It can occur in different…

Using TAs More Effectively

When used effectively, a teaching assistant can bring about an improvement in a pupil’s reading of between three and six months.   If you are like myself, so used to managing on your own for many years, using a teaching assistant most effectively can be a challenge. A 2015 report from the Education Endowment Fund (EEF) on making best use of Teaching…