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100WCGU #126 – family

This week, we had to write about ‘family’. 100 words just isn’t enough!


Five years ago, I quit my job with the aim of going to do some voluntary work in Sri Lanka and then some further travelling before finding a new job. Well, the new job found me, and I returned home for September. I also had an email asking if I’d do the PR for my local ice hockey team. I didn’t know that would give me a whole new family. The boys have just accepted me as part of their team, we’ve travelled the length of the country and shared so many good times and I truly feel like they are my second family.



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Science week 2014

We weren’t going to do NSEW this year. I was new in post in january, and the science teacher had enough going on.

Then we went to the ASE conference, and came back with a leaflet about the worlds biggest science experiment at Alton Towers. We asked the head. He’s a scientist too, of course he said yes. That was 40 students taken care of, leaving 100 spread across the school. It was easier to collapse classes, and then came the decision it would just be easier to do a science day in school.

We have several looked after students, and the focus for the LA with LAC is STEM. we got a grant, which has funded the in school activities.

KS4 have spent the day being CSIs. They found the murder scene, took photos, collected evidence and drew or wrote what they saw. They took fingerprints, assessed witness statements and tested blood samples. Then they put everything together to discover who dunnit and suggest a motive. It was a fantastic day, although as #1 suspect I still have black fingers. It was the other science teacher who got done away with…I’m pleased to say it wasn’t me!

I’ve hardly seen KS3, my lot, as I was too busy teaching the CSI day. However, they have been bug hunting in Forest School, they have had a visit from the pet shop where they enjoyed interacting with a range of animals, and they all had a session in the Immersive Theatre full dome. They were understandably anxious about the inside out bouncy castle, but staff report how engaged they all were all day, and how much the students have got out of it.

It’s always nice when things go well, and worth the sleepless night!

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The Power of Positive Reinforcement

From @chriswardle77. All my staff need to read this


I’m an AHT working in a challenging 11-16 comprehensive school, with challenging students who by enlarge come from challenging backgrounds.
Part of my job is to challenge their behaviour, to help them to see their role within a problem and lead them onto a path of reconciliation. The relationships requiring reconciliation are mostly student-student or student-teacher.
In this post, I’m going to focus on the problems between student and teacher and some ways in which to act before a reaction.
Minimising student-teacher problems
Student teacher relationships can breakdown for a myriad of reasons and often these reasons have nothing to do with the here and now. Often, a problem has manifested before the student has entered the class. Triggers will then occur that tip the student from rational to irrational e.g. lateness to class followed by teacher challenge can lead to an irrational response from the student. I must be clear…

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The Secret Parent: How I realised that I’m part of the problem

From the blog of @secretteacher6

Secret Teacher

I was recently contacted anonymously by a parent who asked if I would host a blog post for them. When this piece came through to me I felt obliged to post it. I suspect a lot of parents out there will be familiar with this scenario, as will countless teachers. The following entry has been supplied by the Secret Parent.

Let me introduce myself – I’m one of the “nice” parents. I support and trust teachers, and there are teachers in my family, one of the reasons why I know I could never do the job myself. I’m involved with the school, and do what I can to support it. So how could I possibly be part of the problem? Well, it’s like this.

A while back, our school had a big Ofsted inspection. The report said lots encouraging things, and we were very pleased with it in general. One…

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100WCGU #125 – confusion

This week, the prompt for 100 Word Challenge was ‘…but that is not what I meant…’


-Oh my goodness, what have you done?

-What you wanted, love, no?

-How on earth is THAT what I wanted?

-It’s what you said. Take this bit out, put this bit in, paint it all silver and then move on to the garden

-But that is not what I meant! I wanted THIS bit silver, and the rest left bare, so I could see the wood. THIS bit should have been taken out, and where has THAT gone? Can I not trust you to do anything? Did you even read the instructions?

-Instructions? No love. I don’t need those. You told me, so I did it.



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