Flash Back: Term 1

Having been M.I.A from the world of blogging for a couple of months and amusingly finding a blog today that I have been featured in, entitled, ‘Whatever happened to…’ (Cf. http://teachingbattleground.wordpress.com/2013/12/17/whatever-happened-to/) I feel that I should probably account for the past few months. No,  I have not been abducted by Credite Suisse. PWC have not come […]

Spring Term: let the placements commence

Perhaps it’s because another essay is in, perhaps it’s because a term has passed, it might even be down to the holiday haircuts that my class are sporting but I’m feeling relentlessly upbeat; after all, who can resist a five-year old with an awkward bob/bowl-cut? Even the onslaught of conversations about the posh lot on […]


On Monday a little girl in my class arrived with a pocket full of conkers and browned leaves which she wanted to share with the class. This was a big learning moment for many of the children, they listened fascinated as I explained that conkers were in fact the seeds of horse chestnut trees and […]

Week 4: Radiators and Drains

This week has been full of highs and lows. There have been red time outs and behaviour break-throughs, progressive meetings and pointless meetings,  well-planned lessons and lessons I didn’t even know I was going to be teaching. To surmise I have encountered the infamous hills and valleys that we were warned about at Summer Institute. […]

Lesson Observations

I have to admit that I was pretty terrified about my first lesson observation, the idea of a very experienced teacher watching my every move did not sound particularly appealing. However, as with most of the challenges I have faced in the world of education (including the Teach First assessment centre, doing what feels like […]