Tag Archives: teaching and learning

Are teachers who dislike group work using it wrong?

Laura McInerney was a teacher for 6 years in London and is the co-founder of Teacher Tapp. These are her individual views. “It was a good lesson….but why didn’t you have the pupils working together more often?” If you’ve spent any amount of time in a school classroom, chances are you’ve heard this sentence –…

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world

  Our anonymous blogger is a Teach First teacher in an inner-city school.  These are their individual views and not the views of Edapt. As Mandela made clear, education is everything. Being a first world country, we should be able to proudly declare that our children are benefiting from a first rate education. Sadly, to…

Misconceptions of a new teacher: you can always rely on ‘science’ to tell you how to teach

As the new school year approaches and over 30,000 new teachers begin their career in the classroom, Katie Ashford gives us the final part in her three part series.  Katie is an English teacher in a secondary school in London. These are her individual views. The last two posts in this series have talked about…

What did I learn on Teach First?

Katie Ashford is an English teacher in a secondary school in London. These are her individual views. Teach First: the teacher training equivalent of a bungee jump; an exhilarating, frightening, all-or-nothing experience that is not for the faint hearted. The six week training period, known as ‘Summer Institute’ is like standing on the edge of…

It should not be harder to work at McDonald’s than become a teacher

Laura McInerney was a teacher for 6 years and is the co-founder of Teacher Tapp. These are her individual views. To be a McDonald’s floor manager you have to pass 3 exams; to be a teacher, if trends continue, you won’t have to pass anything. How Michael Gove has looked at the problems of our education system…

Is rote learning a bad thing?

Katie Ashford is an English teacher in a secondary school in London. These are her individual views. As we all know, being a teacher is tricky. There are so many plates to keep spinning every lesson that sometimes, when we aren’t looking, they come crashing down around us. Is my learning objective clear and measurable?…

Why are you just a teacher?

This blog post comes from our anonymous blogger working in a secondary school. The other day one of my Year 8 students said something disconcerting: ‘If you’re so smart why didn’t you become a lawyer or a doctor? Why are you just a teacher?’ This ‘just’ has haunted me for weeks. For that little just…

Differentiation less daunting

Emma is a Science teacher in a secondary school in north London. Her views expressed here do not represent the views of Edapt.   The idea of differentiation can be overwhelming and often seems too much to tackle for every lesson with a full teaching schedule. I went to an after school professional development session…