Teaching can be tough but, honestly, I think that working in education is the best job in the world! Little notes like this one just brighten my day. (And who doesn’t love a random treehouse?)
I just wanted to share this illustration by Shinya Okayama with you. I think it is charming and beautiful, and speaks of a simple compassion for all beings.
Well, our production of Romeo and Juliet is over! It was a long day of rehearsals and waiting around at the theatre, but it was so worthwhile. The children performed brilliantly and, I think, stunned the parents with what they were capable of. I am so proud of them. I am definitely looking forward to getting my teacher planning time back, along with my Wednesday evenings, but watching these kids grow in confidence and self-belief is what it’s all about. As well as developing their enthusiasm for Shakespeare and the arts. They have achieved so much. I’m grateful to have
Our production date is almost upon us! On Wednesday, I will be taking seventeen Year 5 students (aged 10 and 11) to a local theatre to perform ‘Romeo and Juliet’ to their parents, teachers and two other primary schools. This is part of the Shakespeare for Schools Festival, a wonderful organisation that trains teachers to become directors and allows children, even from the most deprived areas of the U.K., to perform a Shakespeare play in a professional theatre. It is a magical experience for the children and I am really looking forward to seeing the fruits of their labour on
Don’t worry, this isn’t going to be a post about Donald Trump (there are enough of those in my Facebook news feed right now…) but the current climate has made me consider the role of leadership and the qualities that make a good leader. I have also been influenced to make this post because of my own professional development and first forays into leadership within a school. I am a teacher and, whilst I didn’t begin my career having particular aspirations to lead–meaning that I wasn’t especially focused on ‘climbing the ladder’ and becoming an assistant head or even eventually
Whilst I am a passionate advocate for education, I worry that we are overloading our children with information, and setting expectations that just rob these young minds of their love of learning. As a teacher, I know children who are constantly busy with extra-curricular activities–sports clubs, language exams in the evening, tutoring at weekends. They spend six hours a day with us at school, expected to listen carefully and work hard, and some barely get a chance to breathe before heading off to another class. After-school clubs and hobbies are great, but giving a child space and silence is just