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May

04

2020
How to best support young people during lockdown.

How to best support young people during lockdown.

 LISTEN ON APPLE PODCASTS | LISTEN ON SPOTIFY | LISTEN ON GOOGLE PODCAST Life is challenging for everyone at the moment. The impact of coronavirus and the lockdown on young people, however, has been particularly transformative. They can no longer attend school, see their friends, and can only leave their homes once a day. Many have had the opportunity to prove themselves academically removed, and...

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Apr

27

2020
How to thrive in the first five years of teaching

How to thrive in the first five years of teaching

LISTEN ON APPLE PODCASTS | LISTEN ON SPOTIFY | LISTEN ON GOOGLE PODCAST There is no denying that the first few years of a teacher’s career are hugely challenging: the retention statistics in the UK speak for themselves. Last year I completed an educational masters, and the dissertation looked at ways to improve the experience of teachers in their first five years. I interviewed a...

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Apr

22

2020
Teacher Anxiety Management: Gratitude

Teacher Anxiety Management: Gratitude

In between full-time Daddy mode with my two year old and battling through the online teaching world, I am writing ‘The Anxiety School Kit’. I want to try and do something positive inthe current situation, so all my royalties from the book are going to Anxiety UK. My wonderful publishers, John Catt Educational, have agreed to increase this to a hugely generous 25%. It is a...

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Apr

06

2020
Introduction to ‘The Anxiety School Kit’

Introduction to ‘The Anxiety School Kit’

“Remove anxiety from your life now!” “Rid yourself of toxic emotions like fear and anxiety!” “Free yourself from anxiety and find joy and inner peace!” A Scottish book store, circa early 2020 Forgive me, but I have stumbled into the self-help section of the book store again. Seductive titles and subtitles are competing for my attention, suggesting, in some cases guaranteeing, a compelling transformation. I...

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Apr

03

2020
Lockdown CPD: Mark Enser on ‘Making Every Lesson Count’

Lockdown CPD: Mark Enser on ‘Making Every Lesson Count’

LISTEN ON APPLE PODCASTS | LISTEN ON SPOTIFY | LISTEN ON GOOGLE PODCAST This is the first of a series of interviews on ‘The Well Teacher podcast’ called ‘Lockdown CPD.’ It will explore with teachers the piece of research or book that has had the most impact on their teaching practice. Each interview will look at the practical implications of that learning in their classroom:...

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Feb

19

2020
‘A Quiet Education’ Overview

‘A Quiet Education’ Overview

I’m both delighted and very nervous that ‘A Quiet Education: Challenging the extrovert ideal in our schools’ is out today and available from both John Catt Education and Amazon. It is a topic that I am hugely passionate about and feel privileged to have had the opportunity to write about and share with others. I will happily confess that writing this book was partly an act of...

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Feb

01

2020
Quiet Leadership

Quiet Leadership

In a gentle way, you can shake the world Mahatma Gandhi Fifty years ago, as he became the first person to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong uttered the words that would go down in history: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” Armstrong had a quiet disposition. According to his biographer, James R Hansen, “There was nothing in Neil’s...

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Jan

02

2020
Avoiding Burnout: ‘A Quiet Education’ chapter.

Avoiding Burnout: ‘A Quiet Education’ chapter.

‘Take a rest. A field that is rested gives a beautiful crop’ Ovid A short journey through the etymology of the adjective “quiet” proves interesting in the context of burnout in teaching. It stems from the Latin quietus, meaning to be calm, at rest and free from exertion, and is borrowed from the Anglo-French and Middle French quiete, first appearing in the 14th century. For...

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Mar

01

2019

Teaching The Secrets of Effective Revision

Half of my life is an act of revision. John Irving I can’t quite believe that ‘Slow Teaching: Finding calm clarity and impact in the classroom’ came out a year ago this weekend. I have hugely appreciated all the people taking the time to pass on feedback and write reviews. It has been so rewarding to see that it has helped some teachers and had...

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Jan

17

2019
Ten Non-Fiction Books Every Teacher Should Read

Ten Non-Fiction Books Every Teacher Should Read

“The differences between expert performers and normal adults are not immutable, that is, due to genetically prescribed talent. Instead, these differences reflect a life-long period of deliberate effort to improve performance. K. Anders Ericsson I didn’t write as much as I would have liked in 2018: it was a busy old year with the arrival of a wee chap who doesn’t fully support any writing...

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