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So...you are feeling stressed?

So...you are feeling stressed?
Anything and everything has the ability to overwhelm us - it could be the traffic jam, the shopping queue, the paperwork or even something on TV that just annoys us! How can food and diet help us to keep calm? Read More...

New Year Resolutions

New Year Resolutions
How’s it going or has it already gone? Do you love the resolution of making a new start or does it always turn out to be a challenge too far? If your resolve is to bother with resolutions this year, time is running out, which adds a sense of urgency to the whole purpose of the act. Read More...

Cold Turkey...

Cold Turkey...
We’ve done the tinsel, crackers and Christmas pud – now it’s time to go cold Turkey. More to the point it’s time to get out there, shake off that weight gain and make that extra poundage history. If you are feeling sluggish and low, make January jolly rather than SAD. Read More...

An Ice Cream Van in Winter. Great Shout!

An Ice Cream Van in Winter. Great Shout!
Last Monday I attended an INSET day at school. For once, Sunday was a joy with no lessons to plan for Monday and it felt like a bit of a holiday! I almost felt refreshed when I rocked up to school in my jeans and slightly Christmassy jumper, and I wasn’t alone... There was definitely a buzz in the air from the array of teachers who were feeling a bit naughty having actually enjoyed a Sunday without doing any work. Sssh… Don’t tell anyone. However, this was to be only the beginning of a very positive day indeed. Read More...

Preparing for Interviews

Preparing for Interviews
So, you got an interview – well done! You’ve successfully jumped the first hurdle, now you need to get over the next one. Read More...

Vitamin D can be our best friend during the winter months...

Vitamin D can be our best friend during the winter months...
Why is it so hard to fight the draw of the infamous “duvet day” as the temperature drops and the mornings get colder and darker? As our sleep and waking cycles become disrupted by the lack of sunlight, it’s no wonder we feel tired and sluggish. Less sunlight means our brains produce lower levels of a hormone called Melatonin which in turn makes us feel sleepy. Read More...

Ticking Boxes

Ticking Boxes
Last night, in conversation with a senior lecturer renowned for his creative approach to teaching and learning at one of our best teaching colleges, he told me that after spending a day with his Teach First students on creativity in the classroom and when asked how they might channel all this creativity effectively their response was to use it in an ‘oral or mental starter’ or as part of a ‘plenary’. They had missed the point entirely. He was disappointed. They have clearly spent too much time in schools already. Read More...

…and it starts all over again….

I write this as I begin to consider this week’s Everest of marking, planning and organising that needs to be done before term begins again next week, and I feel oddly calm. It is most disconcerting. Read More...

An Irish NQT in Kent

Living in Northern Ireland, I was acutely aware of the few job opportunities there was for NQT’s. However my drive and passion to teach forced me to ignore the critics and complete my initial teacher training. My time in university was indeed four of the most memorable years of my life during which I grew both as a teacher and as a person. Read More...