Opinion

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

This week’s blog post is from a guest author – Joan Ashley. Joan has 28 years of experience in mathematics education, both as a teacher and an ITT tutor. In this article Joan takes a look at some of the myths and realities surrounding one of the less welcome events in the teacher’s calendar – the Ofsted Inspection…

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Ah, the summer holidays.  Time to unwind, relax and let the pressures of another school year drift away for a while (unless you’re one of those teachers that likes to work in the holidays of course).  That said, the rigours of teaching do leave an impression so don’t be too surprised if you find yourself hankering after certain aspects of your working life during your summer break…

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Teachers take very, very different approaches to holidays. Some teachers come home from their last day of term, calmly pack their school folders into a cardboard box, tape it up, dump it in the loft, and pretend they’re not a teacher for the entire summer.  Others are consumed with toxic resentment for the first four weeks of the holiday because they feel they have to work for the last two weeks.   Others will just come into school for a day or two to change their displays and seating plans with the zealous vigour of someone on The Great Interior Design Challenge.

And then there are those we are all envious of.  I have a colleague who is going on a 6-week jaunt across South America.  She will not be reading this blog.  She will be sunbathing on Copa Cabana.

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