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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.


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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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A trip down memory lane (with Ray Davies and three GI brides)

Sep 06, 2013

I’ve been living in the past this week. First I interviewed three fascinating women in their 80s who left England just after the war having married American GIs. Some had regrets, others recalled happy…

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Yes A Levels matter a bit (but not much)

Aug 15, 2013

It’s 23 years (and one day) since I got my A Level results. I was returning from a month’s Inter-railing when they came out. Because my cohort was the first year to do GCSEs, the A Level results two…

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From Jackie Kay to Harper Lee - my texts for English GCSE.

Jul 22, 2013

I’m teaching English GCSE in September and I’ve been given free rein over which texts to teach. Within reason. The drama has to be Shakespeare and out of the novel and poetry, one must be ‘of European…

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