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Ways that technology can help with wellbeing
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Ways that technology can help with wellbeing

There are lots of reasons why it makes sense to use technology to help us with our personal and our professional lives. The signs of poor mental wellbeing are things such as anxiety and depression. The causes of anxiety and depression for teachers are often things such as workload, too…
Teachers new (academic) year resolutions…
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Teachers new (academic) year resolutions…

We all do it. The start of a new academic year, particularly if you’re starting a role in a new school, is a chance for everyone to wipe the slate clean. Get their house in order. Plan for things to go better this year. Prepare ourselves for new curricula or…
The best sites for finding high-quality, free images
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The best sites for finding high-quality, free images

So often we want to find images to use in our everyday work. Google images doesn’t really provide the answers when it comes to high quality CC free images. Digital citizenship is high on the agenda for pupils and students but equally so for teachers too. In this post I’ll…
Top five low-stakes quizzing tools for teachers
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Top five low-stakes quizzing tools for teachers

Now I know there are more than five and I rate lots of different tools that I haven’t mentioned here such as ClassKick, Quizalize, GoFormative, Google Forms, Mentimeter, Poll Everywhere… there are so many of them. Rather than focus on absolutely everything, I thought I would share 5 great tools…
Some things you should know about school trips…
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Some things you should know about school trips…

You may have seen in the news recently that Ofsted’s Amanda Spielman commented that an ““over-cautious culture has developed in our schools”. She went on to say that this “deprives children of rewarding experiences, of the opportunity to develop resilience and grit and which makes it hard for them to cope…
Planning for September: Year 12
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Planning for September: Year 12

I’m looking forward to teaching the new linear A level to two Year 12 classes this year. I’ve been preparing some materials for these classes and thought it might be helpful to share them here, in case they are of use to anyone.

1. Scheme of work and resources
When preparing schemes of work, schools have had to look very carefully at timings to make sure they can fit all of the A level content

Teachers – be careful on Twitter!
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Teachers – be careful on Twitter!

Ok, so please excuse the sensationalist title. The thing is, I am a huge advocate for using Twitter for personalised professional development. I’ve written about it many times as you’ll see from this link. With guides to help teachers get started with Twitter and lists of people to connect with…
Wellbeing, workload and whizzy ways to improve both
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Wellbeing, workload and whizzy ways to improve both

Goodness knows mental health and wellbeing is an issue which is underfunded and under resourced so it was a real pleasure to be asked to keynote at the Cardiff and Vale College’s Inset days exploring both wellbeing and mental health. My keynote focussed upon how we can use technology to…
Teachers: What to do with those holiday snaps?
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Teachers: What to do with those holiday snaps?

It’s that time of year again where we are finally on our summer break. Destinations are most likely underway for many of us. I loved this tweet from Tim Clarke where he shared a creative idea from one of his colleagues at work. How one of our creative staff thanks…
5 Maths Gems #75
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5 Maths Gems #75

Welcome to my 75th gems post. This is where I share some of the latest news, ideas and resources for maths teachers.

1. New Displays
I recently updated my displays page with some lovely new resources. This might be useful for teachers preparing their classrooms or corridors for September. One of my favourites is the new Maths Word of the Week display from @missradders.

2. Algebra Maze
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