I wrote this blog back in 2009 when I was in my fourth year of teaching and without a classroom. I had spent the previous 18 months traipsing between multiple classrooms - including one transition that required 6 sets of … Read More
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This is the blog I send to people who write and ask for my advice about how to become a journalist. First up, and most importantly, it's a good question and great to hear … Read More
A few weeks ago (April 26th) I had a dream about how school should work post-lockdown. Not a Martin-Luther-visionary kind of way. An actual dream.
In it I was travelling to pick up newly arrived international students to take … Read More
In the past, lacking serious problems to think about, politicians were worried about grade inflation. For ten years, more and more students were getting top grades which caused problems for universities admissions officers who said they could no longer fairly … Read More
Working from home is a pain. Literally. Working from hard kitchen chairs, slouched on sofas, or shoved into a new ‘office’ (read: cupboard) means most of us are contorting into new physical positions. And oof, it hurts.
At the age of … Read More
Yellow dresses. Yellow jackets. Yellow bags.
A yellow umbrella, yellow scarves, yellow trainers – even a set of yellow underwear. I have it all. Because I love yellow? No. Absolutely not.
Since 2014, I have dressed in most professional appearances – on … Read More
Here's a thing that surprises people. When anyone asks if I have a tissue, the answer is always, 'No'. Which may not be surprising in itself. But I am an epistaxis sufferer. Or, to put it more plainly: I get … Read More
When people don't like your opinions on blogs, or twitter, or any other form of social network, the backlash can be furious.
If it ever gets fierce I'm lucky that Dad McInerney puts things in perspective. As a shop steward for … Read More
A week ago I gave my first ever talk at a WomenEd conference. I've written before about not particularly enjoying doing things "as a woman". So the talk was less focused on gender, and more on the unifying fact that we all … Read More
Everyone has done at least one embarrassing thing in the classroom. Most of us have done more than that.
It's September 2007 and my classroom is the departmental showcase for the annual parent's open day. The event is critical - … Read More