A little perspective

Something I wrote a while ago in a notebook and felt recently it has reared its head again. It feeds into some of my other threads and I will speak about in future... It always only takes one little thing. Something small or insignificant. Like a smell or a look. It could be a slim … Continue reading A little perspective

The Bigger Picture – Part I

Experts can agree that the “best” teachers are those that possibly encompass Fergusons’ 7 C’s Principles. It is not the newest phenomenon that it is not necessarily the “content” or subject matter of what we teach that is important, but rather “how” we teach, the method or the way we teach.   Flashback to a … Continue reading The Bigger Picture – Part I

Emotional Connection – Part 2: Observations – to step in or not to step in!

Observations. The word itself is something that seems intrusive and not-natural. And yet, despite the awkwardness every teacher, at some point in their career, has been observed. In my own experience I was observed, of course, but also had to record myself for each and every teaching practice that I had, watch it and then … Continue reading Emotional Connection – Part 2: Observations – to step in or not to step in!

Types of student teachers

So in the spirit of keeping things a little lighthearted around Christmas time and the New Year, I thought that I would write about the types of student teachers that we have all encountered (this is not limited to student teachers, but also past classmates, friends, and colleagues!) The Type 'A' personality  This student is … Continue reading Types of student teachers

Top 10 things I learned back as a ‘newbie’ teacher trainer

There are things that you can learn in college, things they prepare you for "in case they happen" and then there are things that unfortunately you can only learn on-the-job, usually when thrown in at the deep end! It's sink or swim and yet usually that is the best way to learn, because you learn … Continue reading Top 10 things I learned back as a ‘newbie’ teacher trainer