Who do you serve?

In the play “A man for all seasons” Cardinal Wolsey asks the Common Man who he serves. The Common Man replies “I have only one master!” The kicker is of course, that the Common Man is referring to himself, and not the Cardinal. Who do we, as teachers, serve? It’s not such an easy question …

The D word (Documentation)

The D word. Documentation. Maybe it’s my particular kink that I like documentation, I wish I had more time for it, and I wish my staff had more time for it. Schools, for better or worse seem to run on adrenalin and drama. Child A has a meltdown in the learning support unit, parent B …

On being ill and AITSL

I have been ill. Deathly ill. Light a candle for me ill. It happens to all educators eventually, including educational leaders. It shouldn’t be a surprise, schools are a hotbed of filth and disgust. Even the loveliest of students will joyfully cough and splutter their agents of biological warfare all across their favourite teacher. The …

Getting my personal learning on

Personal Learning Network / Personal Learning Environment. It’s the hot topic of the moment, but what is it? It’s you – the connected online version of you It’s social media – having a dialogue with other teachers around the world It’s reflective practice – The act of writing about teaching and reflecting are one and …