Nadine’s Blog

Get students to engage with or act on feedback When you write comments in students’ books, encourage them to make the changes you suggest. Your school may have a system ‘green for growth&...

February 4, 2016

Our school had the French exchange students over. One of them talked during assembly. Mr Vanham (head of ‘discipline’) was not impressed. He spied the visiting Mr French talking and dealt...

February 2, 2016

This is what Teaching is turning into (that is, Teaching with a capital T). I, like most teachers, enjoy teaching with a small ’t’, but the profession is spinning a little out of control. ...

Many teachers face the challenge of having 00:00 seconds to move between rooms. This inevitably means they not only arrive late to lessons but also need several minutes once they do arrive to get thin...

October 15, 2015

Healthy Competition: Lessons from the Bake Off   Scenario A A politician speaks in Parliament. While she’s talking she stumbles over a word and says something silly. The MPs on the oppos...

This week we have been told that, because of workload, more than half (53%) of teachers in England plan to leave teaching in the next two years (BBC). I am under the impression that, though they may a...

If you are thinking of downloading a scheme of work from the Internet this summer ready for September, think carefully about it first.   Let me make this really clear, I do not think that ...

In a world of political show ponies, Jeremy Corbyn is a work horse. The prancing and posturing being done by the other labour leadership candidates and indeed the other party leaders is to try to posi...

August 3, 2015

“Sleep after learning aids memory recall.” It’s true, apparently. Research proves it (Gais, Steffen, Brian Lucas, and Jan Born, 2006). Our plenaries should be nap-based. It would cer...

The learning environment influences both the educators and the learners. This is the truth, and it’s irrefutable. Our role as teachers is to ensure that this influence is productive. Sandra Horn...

April 6, 2015

Picture a kite flying on a windy day. The kite at the end of the strings flies beautifully, dipping and lurching on the gusts. But what happens if the anchor at the other end of the strings - the pers...

According to the Oxford Dictionary, the opposite of risk is safety. People like safety. Teachers like safety. It is the fear of stepping outside this safety which stops us taking risks. But without ri...

February 24, 2015

In the run up to International Women's Day, why the new Sport England campaign is so vital for our girls. I sat down to write a blog post about the fantastic new campaign by Sport England: This G...

Over the next five months, Nadine Pittam looks at how we might take small risks in our teaching. This, the first article in the series, examines one of the least dependable and therefore most risky to...

September 22, 2014

If we accept that all human beings are, as Brené Brown says in her famous TED Talk, ‘hardwired for connection’ then we can easily accept that a fear of disconnection drives much of ...

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