3. Be Mindful of how much time you spend at school and on school work #stress #teaching #brilliantdayatschool

Remember, you may enjoy it but school is work. It’s great to enjoy your job, which means that at first you won’t resent all the extra time you put into it. But if you keep on putting that extra effort in, you will start to resent it, and so will the people around you. Also if you put in lots of extra effort and don’t put anything back into you then that is when you are at risk of burning out. Your brain is like a bank; withdraw too much from it without making the odd deposit and you will feel a deficit. Your body will tell you you are stressed.

2. Build in some ‘me’ time every day if you can. #stress #wellbeing #teaching #brilliantdayatschool

2. Put aside some time every week where you can just be yourself. You don’t have to do something active like go out for a run, (although that’s good to get the endorphins working which help to make you feel good.) You might like to meditate, read a book for an hour or simply just sit and stare.

1. Make an effort to talk to someone different in the staffroom #teaching #health #stress #wellbeing #brilliantdayatschool

As teachers, we are sometimes guilty of moving in quite a small network of teacher friends/colleagues. A science department might, for instance, work together in a group of labs and prep rooms located together in a different part of the school. They then will probably socialise together and have lunch together. There is much to learn from integrating more and talking to teachers and support staff in other departments. Get to know other people and be interested in them.

This post will form part of a series of posts under the label of How to have a brilliant day at school….for teachers.

If you want to add your idea then please e-mail ridingseducational@gmail.com and will I will be sure to feature it with of course full credit to you.

Thank you

David

That Oxford Girl: A Real Student’s Guide to Oxford University #books #Oxford #edchat #UCAS

Ever wondered what it’s like to study at Oxford University? Former student and famous blogger Tilly Rose, a.k.a. ‘that Oxford girl’, gives you all the insider tips on what to expect at one of the world’s top universities.

Follow Tilly as she steers you through everything – from applying to Oxford, choosing a college, and preparing for interviews, to college life, the different societies and student events on offer, and coping with study commitments.

This is a fun and accessible guide, packed full of quirky illustrations and beautiful photographs of the colleges and the city itself, giving you a truly unique insight into what it’s really like to be a student at Oxford University.

Cleverlands by Lucy Crehan – The Secrets Behind the Success of the World’s Education Superpowers #books #education #teaching #learning #teachers

As a teacher in an inner-city school, Lucy Crehan was exasperated with ever-changing government policy claiming to be based on lessons from ‘top-performing’ education systems. She resolved to find out what was really going on in the classrooms of countries whose teenagers ranked top in the world in reading, maths and science.

Cleverlands documents Crehan’s journey around the world, weaving together her experiences with research on policy, history, psychology and culture to offer extensive new insights into what we can learn from these countries.

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Lexplore – A clear view on reading #reading #education #teaching #learning #dyslexia #technology

A unique AI based method of assessing reading…

Combining 30 year’s research with the latest in machine learning and eye tracking technology, our unique solution is able to determine a child’s exact reading attainment in a matter of minutes.

“It is quick, straightforward and easy to manage within the day-to-day routine of the school.”

By monitoring spontaneous eye movements we can pick up on minor differences in the way children’s brains process text, helping to identify those with language based learning difficulties much earlier in their development, and tailor specific interventions to their individual needs.

“The assessment helped uncover examples of children who were not previously identified as having reading difficulties.”

Requiring no administrative input our solution supports existing learning programmes by freeing up teacher time and quickly demonstrating the outcome of targeted interventions for each individual child.

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THE PHYSICS TEACHING PODCAST #Physics #Teaching #Podcast

We believe that physics teaching is a wonderful thing, but are aware not everyone agrees. In the UK more and more non-specialists are getting the opportunity (welcome or otherwise) to shine a light on peoples misconceptions about the World around them.

We started this podcast to provide useful information about how some of the best physics teachers we know teach the subject. Nearly always the answer will be ‘do some practical work’, which we know is essential to grounding understanding as well as being fun to do and making lessons easier to manage.

If you have found this page then we are truly amazed, and hope you will stay with us on our journey. If you are a Science teacher who would like to share your love of Physics teaching with the World, please contact us using the form below.

Robin and Thomas

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How to handle smart devices in the classroom?

Teaching in Finland

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Perhaps we’ve all been there. Getting swept into the world of internet and its infinite-appearing sources of information and media for countless hours – while the rest of the world awaits. Due to their ease of use, availability and cost-effectiveness smart devices are these days de facto method when connecting to multitude of sources and people.
But it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, as is evident by an article e.g. from The Sydney Morning Herald titled ”‘Schools need to react quickly’: Education expert urges smartphone ban“.
Let’s inspect the smart device phenomen more in depth.

For some students smartphones and tablets offer a way to shield oneself from the noise of the classroom. One may even escape reality. Additionally, listening concentration music while carrying out an assignment appears common. Some just play games during a lesson for the fun of it. There are certainly times when teaching…

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