Are We Supposed To Be Teachers or Surrogate Parents?

So many times in the media we see teachers and schools being dragged through the mud for getting something ‘wrong’. Half the time I look at those ‘wrong’ things, and wonder why the school is concerned with it in the first place. Continue reading Are We Supposed To Be Teachers or Surrogate Parents?

The Most Stressful Thing

This is the eighth part of my Reflection Series – a self-reflection of my year teaching in the UK.

What has caused you the most stress this year?

I cannot point to one single most stressful thing about this year, it is all clumped in together adding to the strain. Any one of the stressful things on their own would have been easy enough to deal with, but when they all start to pile up, well that’s when it really gets tough. Continue reading The Most Stressful Thing

My Most Challenging Student

This is the seventeenth part of my Reflection Series – a self-reflection of my year teaching in the UK.

Who was your most challenging student? Why?

Oh my, what a loaded question. It brings up so many negative emotions that I’m finding it hard to write about. Let me put on some angry music and we can get started. Continue reading My Most Challenging Student

My Biggest Mistake of the Year

This is the thirteenth part of my Reflection Series – a self-reflection of my year teaching in the UK.

What was the biggest mistake you made this year? How can you avoid making the same mistake in the future?

Absolutely the biggest mistake I made this year was to not look after myself. As you probably know, it was an incredibly stressful time for me. Being away from my family and friends, living in a new country, teaching in a new system, it was all incredibly hard. Continue reading My Biggest Mistake of the Year

What Would I Change About This Year?

This is the fifth part of my Reflection Series – a self-reflection of my year teaching in the UK.

What is something you would change about this year if you could?

This year I moved countries and worked in a new education system. It’s been a rollercoaster of a year, so what would I change about it if I could? Continue reading What Would I Change About This Year?