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The first year of teaching: Five things I wish I’d known…

If you or anyone you know is beginning their Teacher Training or NQT year this September, why not have a look at my series of articles about the exciting and turbulent First Year of Teaching! I share quick ‘n’ easy lesson plans, offer advice on how to navigate a new school, and – most importantly! – share my Top Tips for new Teachers. These are all, I don’t mind saying, based on bitter experience and a history of getting things *wrong*!

Here’s what I wish I knew back then…

Writus Andronicus

Over September and October I will be publishing weekly articles on effective teaching strategies for trainee teachers and NQTs. These are the kinds of things I really wish I’d known way back when I first started out…!
This first entry is a broad overview based on my own experience in the profession, but subsequent articles will offer brief (and, I hope, useful and practical!) examples of lessons, ideas, and resources that saved my bacon on more than one occasion!

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The teacher training year can be, to put it mildly, a shock to even the most robust of systems. To be sure, the joys of teaching are unlike those found in other profession, and working in schools can be – and frequently is – an immensely rewarding experience. There is nothing naive or bright-eyed in the assertion that the humble classroom teacher occupies a position of immense worth, and can…

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3-Minute Reads, Blog

Call for suggestions: PhDilemmas, or, I wish I knew then what I know now…

I'd like to share some of the things that I now know that I wish I'd known five years ago. To be clear: I'm no expert in the field of early career academic guidance. I'm still learning and still making mistakes. All I'd like to do, if I can, is offer some support. I can only speak for myself, but a little guidance here or there would have taken away some of the pre-completion and post-graduation fear, imbued my next steps with a renewed sense of purpose, and perhaps even given me more reason to believe in myself...

Essays

“Conference With the Dead”: A Brief History of Haunting

This chapter is part literature review, part mission statement: in it, I outline how the notion of a "ghost" would have been understood by somebody living at the turn of the 17th Century. What - or who - *were* ghosts? What did they look like? Where did they come from? Most importantly, I begin to explore how might the various historical, religious, and political significations of the ghost may have influenced the characters we see on the early modern stage...

Education, Teaching Strategies

Quick and Effective Lesson Ideas #6 – Four fun ways to demonstrate student progress!

Over September and October I will be publishing articles on effective teaching strategies for trainee teachers and NQTs, offering brief (and, I hope, useful and practical!) examples of lessons, ideas, and resources that saved my bacon on more than one occasion! Previous article in this series: The First Year of Teaching: Five Things I Wish… Continue reading Quick and Effective Lesson Ideas #6 – Four fun ways to demonstrate student progress!