Reflection

Reflections and a pledge – #Teacher5aday

This year I jumped on the Teacher5aday bandwagon with some posts about workload, time-saving techniques, things I'm going to stop, change and introduce, and why happiness starts now. As the year draws to a close, it seems that it's an apt time for reflection on the year's successes and things to look forward to in 2017… Continue reading Reflections and a pledge – #Teacher5aday

Part Time Student, Reflection, Staff Development, Wellbeing

Stop. Change. Introduce. Day 5 #Teacher5aday

Question: With the new curriculum changes & increased accountability measures what will you stop doing, change, or introduce for your own well-being? Amy Jeetley has posed this question in a post for today's #Teacher5adayslowchat. Stop - Marking work that's littered with silly mistakes or incomplete. I dread to think how much marking time is taken up by staff… Continue reading Stop. Change. Introduce. Day 5 #Teacher5aday

Leadership, Reflection, Research, Uncategorized

Critical conversations in educational leadership

On 26th April I was lucky enough to share a platform and discussion space with teachers, researchers and academics discussing some critical issues and conversations in educational leadership at a BELMAS/BERA event at Newcastle University. Within half and hour it was clear that the concept of 'critical conversations' can be interpreted in a range of ways but largely… Continue reading Critical conversations in educational leadership

Reflection, Staff Development, Wellbeing

On workload. #Teacher5adayslowchat

It's important to discuss workload and well-being. It's also important that it's discussed in an open and positive way that doesn't become endless complaining and blaming. This is where I think #Teacher5aday has got it right and their slowchat (#Teacher5adayslowchat) is worth a look to hear how teachers, leaders and schools are working together for happy healthy… Continue reading On workload. #Teacher5adayslowchat

Leadership, Reflection, Staff Development

Pass it on: top time-saving tips

I'm a big fan of the #teacher5aday hashtags and discussion of work-life balance on Twitter that I'm always talking about things I've seen online or great little 'tweaks' that make life just that little bit easier. I'm going to attempt to recap some the great advice I've been given for work-life balance (both in person and online).… Continue reading Pass it on: top time-saving tips

Leadership, Staff Development

Leadership development: it starts earlier than you think

Succession planning should be at the heart of any medium/long-term planning within a school. With a national shortage of school leaders (Read more here), the idea of planning for future leaders is becoming increasingly important. According to figures released by Future Leaders, whilst 74% of teachers are women, only 65% of heads are women (original DfE report… Continue reading Leadership development: it starts earlier than you think

Leadership, Staff Development

What WomenEd means to me

Following our inaugural YamJam, our WomenEd ideas session started me thinking about what WomenEd means to me. The advantage of such a self-supporting movement, led by a fabulous steering group, is that it's an open house, a place for sharing ideas, collaboration and personal reflection. For me, I see WomenEd as a sustainable grass-roots movement that nurtures female leadership… Continue reading What WomenEd means to me

EdTech, Educational Technology, iPad, Staff Development

Why I’ll defend EdTech, but accept it’s not the magic solution to pupil progress

There's been a lot of discussion in the press about tablet devices, mobile phones and other technological approaches to teaching and learning. The general trend from comments close to the government is that tablets and mobile phones are inherently a problem (Pupils set for ban on mobiles and iPads in the classroom to stop lessons being disrupted).… Continue reading Why I’ll defend EdTech, but accept it’s not the magic solution to pupil progress

Uncategorized

Previous posts on Staffrm.io

Prior to opening this website, I have posted to Staffrm.io on a range of topics. The benefit of Staffrm is that, like Twitter, it's a collaborative space for testing ideas that don't have to be polished. It's great for digitally jotting down some ideas and reading what other people are exploring in their own classrooms. Previous posts… Continue reading Previous posts on Staffrm.io