Month: October 2015

#BackToTheFutureDay Review of my past posts

Today is 21st October 2015. That means I am writing from the 'future' that Maty McFly wanted to get back to in Back to the Future! And since today is so important in time-travelling history/fiction, I've decided to look back over my posts on this blog and pick out a few of my favourites that I'd still … Continue reading #BackToTheFutureDay Review of my past posts

Do one thing every day that’s not work.

This is not a challenge; you don't need to tip water over your head, take a photo of yourself with a sign, or post anything at all if you don't want to! This is about YOU. And it's just my suggestion of a small first step in making sure work doesn't take over your life. I've … Continue reading Do one thing every day that’s not work.

How to get started on #teacher5aday

This is such a great idea and I can’t find enough ways of sharing it! I know so many of us teachers who are actually already suffering from stress and sometimes some pretty severe consequences! It seems to me that we can’t expect too much help from outside (from governments/public who think we all have too much holiday, or from institutions who are only interested in meeting targets or making money) and so we have to help ourselves! And this is a brilliant inspiration to do so! I’m so glad that I have come across this idea, albeit rather late! But it’s never too late to start looking after yourself and protecting your well-being at work! Some of the suggestions on the list are things that I/you/we might already be doing, but categorising them mentally in a new framework highlights how good they are for me/you/us, and brings a whole new level of satisfaction/sense of achievement into the frame. Brilliant idea – thank you, and keep sharing!!

20 years a teacher

The start of #teacher5aday – different sides of the same coin

Happiness is on the rise globally, according to an end-of-year survey of 64,000 people in 65 countries.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-30629478

The launch of #teacher5aday has contributed very positively to my happiness this month. Lots of support and positive feedback for the initial idea shared here http://wp.me/p4VbxY-6E. A number of #well-being superheroes have shared their ideas about how they will start looking after themselves more and therefore look after their students as well.

http://wp.me/p4VbxY-7x.

There is also a collection of #Nurture1415 blogs, a great idea from @ChocoTzar in which people review last years achievements, and talk about their hopes for this one. http://suecowley.wordpress.com/2014/12/27/the-nurture-1415-collection/

In January I hope that teachers will continue to discuss their well-being either as a tweet (daily / weekly) or via a blog. Using the ideas shared in the links above or the John Muir framework below I’m hoping…

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Action Research – What and how?

Action Research – What and how?

Many schemes of professional development for teachers, as well as advanced teaching certificates, include an element of 'Action Research' (AR). In my work as a team leader of EFL tutors, I've come to see just how important AR is for teachers to continue to develop and professionalise their teaching practices. And I'm so enthusiastic about … Continue reading Action Research – What and how?

My first MOOC – A Reflection

I have just completed my first ever MOOC! It was "Professional Practices for English Langauge Teachers" offered by the British Council on FutureLearn.com. The topic is not really important for this blog post, apart from the fact that one of the professional practices that was preached was reflection. So here it is, my reflection on participating … Continue reading My first MOOC – A Reflection