Pure magic - Barry White Jr greets every single student with an individually created high-five.

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2nd February 2017

All That We Share

I rather like this savvy and smart advert from TV2 in Denmark - in praise of difference, tolerance and togetherness. We live in a time where we quickly put people in boxes. Maybe we have more in...

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2nd February 2017

No Phones Thursday

Some students at the RGS Newcastle were encouraged by their form tutor to hand in phones to a safe/secure location and spend their day chatting and avoiding tech distractions. Worth a try as part...

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And what a spellbindingly beautiful letter it is ... a wonderful read, full of grace and hope

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Many teenagers are engaged in online communities through social media, and we certainly hear mutterings in the press about lack of social engagement from young people. Engaging with the community...

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This is the final post in the mini-series of blog posts on getting to know your students, and is all about their name! Ideally you ask students to complete the research part of this task as part of...

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I saw this technique being used in a counselling group and it definitely pinged my teacher-radar. All you need is a group of students and a ball of wool/string.

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8th September 2016

A Philosophical Point

The recent discussion on this blog got me thinking about the advice to get to know our students. I have been teaching for more than 20 years, in UK state schools and international schools in five...

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Many of you will have taken (or will be taking!) on new form / tutor groups in the coming days. One of the great things about being a form tutor is that you can often get to know your students in a...

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We're now well into the "Back to School" season, and to help you through the first week or so, here's the first post in a mini-series aimed at getting to know the new young people sitting in your...

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I love this infographic about how we could consider the "make up" of the world if there were just 100 people.

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I stumbled across this lovely infographic on visual.ly earlier today when looking up quotes from children's literature for my own children, and thought it would be a nice infographic to print out...

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A few years ago I was observing lessons as part of my school's interview process for recruiting new teachers. As a rule, after the lesson taught by the potential recruit, the observer always asked...

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