Opinion

Thoughts and reaction to developments in teaching from the Happy Teacher team and guest authors

Every year, on a Friday in the autumn term, my school completely closes its doors to our students.  Along with the students, we teachers welcome this halting of the deafening grindstone.  But what do we do with this day?  No, it’s not marking, work-scrutinising, co-planning, or being subjected to 7 back-to-back PowerPoint slides on spurious theories of learning.  What we do is embark on our own individual adventures to schools of our choice, to see them work, and learn from their ways.  Like homing pigeons, we will return the next week.  But like magpies, we will hopefully bear treasure.  We call it a WoW day (‘Watching Others Work’). Read more

This guest blog post is written by Stephen. Stephen is a secondary teacher whose wife is a primary teacher. In this post he draws on their experiences to explore whether the demands on primary and secondary teachers are the same.

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As the days draw shorter and the dark nights set in earlier, every teacher’s yearning to get home at a decent hour grows that little stronger. Unfortunately we often still have books to mark and lessons to plan. This is where there is a big difference between schools. Whilst at some schools the lights are only turned off well into the night, at others – like mine – we are kindly ushered out by caretakers as early as 5:30 pm. So who has it right?

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