What Makes a Good Teacher?

Like any teacher who cares about their classroom craft, you would have asked yourself this question at some point. I’d even go as far as to say that most teachers ask this of themselves quite often, irrespective of the number of years in service to the profession. It’s a fundamental one which, at its core,… Continue reading What Makes a Good Teacher?

Don’t be that Chronically Tired Teacher

Former UK Education Secretary, Estelle Morris, said: “A tired teacher is not an effective teacher. Nor is that teacher allowed to focus on what is most important – teaching.” When you say this out loud, it sounds really bizarre. The fact that a teacher is expected to do so many extraneous things outside of their… Continue reading Don’t be that Chronically Tired Teacher

Reflective Teachers

“A teacher who has reflective thinking skills is able to identify problems that may occur in the teaching/learning process and to produce solutions for overcoming such problems.” (Shoffner, 2006). During my PGCE year, I can recall having to maintain what seemed like endless sheets of reflection pages. After each lesson I would routinely jot down… Continue reading Reflective Teachers

The Importance of Teacher Collaboration.

Collaboration between colleagues isn’t just some feel good moment where we get to have a casual chat about teaching over some biscuits and coffee. It’s where the real work of school improvement begins; the deep evidence driven dialogue that is tightly focused on delivering better outcomes for students. In the field of education research, this… Continue reading The Importance of Teacher Collaboration.

Championing the  Educational Achievement of Black Boys

Recent protests against racial injustice has once again shone a spotlight upon disparities between different ethnic groups. Naturally, as an educator I found myself thinking about how issues of race play out in schools and what teachers and leaders can do to narrow such disparaties. I don’t claim to have all the answers, but as… Continue reading Championing the  Educational Achievement of Black Boys