Category Archives: Carpentry

Starters, Dandelions and Africa

So there I am in the classroom and no starter activity, if you are not familiar with this process, it can mean that you are a tidgy bit screwed. You need to get students attention immediately, before the phones come … Continue reading

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A Desk, A Bad Back And Cheap Legs

Cartoon from https://www.fotolia.com Some years ago I was too busy to bend my legs when pulling a sheet of Plywood up offa da floor. Since that day I’ve had Sciatica, its OK I have it under control with exercise. (We weren’t … Continue reading

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Reflection

Is reflection really a good thing? I guess that depends on your state of mind, character, and status at the time of the reflecting, doesn’t it? I have read some Twitter feeds that are reflective, and felt that it was … Continue reading

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Supporting the 25% ‘ers

The last few weeks in FE can be, dare I say, a little stressful. Although that can depend on your attitude towards the less capable of your students and the poor attendees. We are now at that stage where we … Continue reading

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Motivation

What is that motivates us? How do we motivate others? For me it’s one word – passion. One of the most motivational people I have met to date in FE is Nikki Gilbey and it was Nikki’s passion for her … Continue reading

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Innovation

  Innovate; vb. To invent or begin to apply (methods, ideas, etc.)                                                 So that’s what it … Continue reading

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Why Good Teaching is Good for You

According to Ofsted Observation’s there are four types of teacher – Outstanding – Good – Hmmmm? and Ugh! According to my students there are three. Alright – Dunno and Crap. Since I started teaching eighteen months ago I’ve been judged ‘good’ … Continue reading

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