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Why having two (part-time) jobs is the best of both worlds

Nov 04, 2013

I spent half-term working six days on the features desk of a national newspaper. It was great. Not only did it boost the coffers in a way that my eight-hours a week teaching job doesn’t but also, after…

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Planning, paperwork and pressure - observations of a new teacher

Oct 20, 2013

This week was brought to me by the letters S. T. R. E. S. S.

I had my first teaching observation that I spent 10 – yes 10 – hours planning for. It went Ok but I don’t have the results yet.

I’ve…

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Why do editors give freelancers the silent treatment?

Oct 09, 2013

For years I was an editor at a national newspaper, receiving multiple pitches and queries from journalists. Some of the journos I knew and some I didn’t. Well, most I knew because you tend to work with…

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I've popped my cohabiting cherry

Sep 29, 2013

At the age of 41 I’ve started a new chapter in my dog-eared book of life. I no longer live alone. For the first time ever, I am living with someone else who isn’t a friend or family member. Or cat.…

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Diving once more into the unknown

Sep 23, 2013

I start teaching tomorrow. The thought scares me. It’s not specifically the teaching or the students - it’s the idea of once more diving into the unknown.

Until I left the newspaper last July,…

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