I am thrilled. Not just with my new MacBook Air (bought on eBay, not hit the big time yet readers!) and the sun FINALLY being out in the UK, but that I am starting to feel that I can call myself a writer. I have always been a teacher first - and although working as a coach - I still feel I am. However, things seem to be changing. One way this has been bought home to me is the introductory blurb by the Editor at innovatemyschool.com and for the publicity around TechnoTeaching. I am a "veteran" (turning 37 this week did not help that much). I am an "ex-Teacher'. On the other "side".
I think I am, but it kind of crept up on me. I was asked this week, by another mummy (my real job) if I was going to return to teaching in a school. I said I hope so. I would love to continue to do what I am, but I just don't know how sustainable it is. Especially these days. So, am I a teacher? Not in the sense I was before my son bounded into my world. Am I consultant? I don't think so... although my non-classroom pals say I am. I think this just fills the teacher in me with dread (I cringe as I write this). Am I a writer? Yes - working on it anyway. I have written a book and am typing this. Tick. Tick. Does that make me not a teacher, or are you a teacher for ever and ever. Amen...? For me, I am. Once a teacher always a teacher. Why? Well, I think it makes me feel proud. Choosing to be a teacher was the best thing I ever did. Am I ready to let go of that yet? Not. On. Your. Nelly (the elephant).
So I thought as I have been writing for innovatemyschool.com, it would make sense to share some of the articles here - and then I can go back to sunbathing. Because - let's face it - today might be all the summer we get here! Here are the links and introductions, so you can try before you click. If you want to have a chat about any of them - if it tickles you, you have any questions, or examples - we would love to hear from you!
How to Make Room for Being an Outstanding Teacher in 2014
How can you be an outstanding teacher in 2014, against strikes, changing school forms and new curriculums? How can you be, and why would you want to be, outstanding all of the time? I have been graded at this level several times in my profession, but I started teaching well over a decade a go. I suppose my question is… since leaving the classroom in 2011, would I be ‘outstanding’ today and what would I change?
Top 10 Tips for Teaching the Teachers
My role has changed. From being a nondescript member amongst the staff audience, it is now me who is at the front of the hall when it comes to teacher training sessions. I always try to remember my place as a guest and consider what I look like from the back of the room (who said back of a bus?!) and sound like to Mr Cynical Teacher with his arms folded and his lips pursed (and that’s before I have turned the computer on or given out leaflets). Sigh. It is hard work, but when the light-bulbs start twinkling, you really feel that you can give yourself a “self-5”. One of my favourite things is to help teachers find their passion for learning again, but they do make you work for it.
Great Tips on Innovative Ways to Teach Films
Are you one of those teachers who “puts” on a film on the last day of term? Are you? Well if you are, I am afraid you will not be getting a Christmas card from me. As a film teacher, I like to teach film. I think one issue that causes film to have a bad name in education is that many adults see film as escapism and therefore do not know how or why it needs teaching. They associate it with their childhood and they do not see that moving image / film/ the movies are an art form.
Who's Responsible for Educational Innovation: Teachers or Suppliers?
With a background in marketing preceding my time in schools, I find this question of great interest. Schools and business are in the marketing game – schools to illustrate and celebrate the hard work and success of students and teachers alike, businesses to illustrate how innovative they also are, and to make a profit. As a former multimedia teacher, I have always been keen to provide my secondary school students with ‘industry-standard’ software and hardware. I want to prepare them for the world of business. However, working with technological giants like Apple, Sony and Vodafone, I have learnt a little about who is leading this innovation in terms of produce use – teachers or suppliers? Who is making the first move, and is this more about products or partnership?
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