Five tips for the workplace

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Five tips for the workplace

Five tips for the workplace

Just a few things I have learnt over the past few years in teaching; though they apply to any workplace. Be flexible.  If you can adapt and roll with last-minute changes, meetings or projects without complaint, you will be regarded very highly indeed.  Sure, a last-minute shift in the proceedings might be annoying or inconvenient, but if there is nothing you can do about it, complaining will only stunt your progress.  Just get on with it, and show that you can adapt to whatever comes your way.  After all, isn’t that life?   This might seem like a contradiction, after

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For the quiet ones

For the quiet ones

When I was a child, I was told often, usually by well-meaning family members and teachers, how quiet I was.  How shy.  I wasn’t a particularly nervous child, and I never considered myself especially shy, but I was always content to spend time alone–I thoroughly enjoyed it, in fact–and I was taught to be polite and respectful from an early age.  Coupled with my natural, introspective tendencies and a good imagination, I probably was quieter than many of my peers, at least in a large social situation. I am a similar way now, although I am in no way shy

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Children need space too

Children need space too

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

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