Knowing me, knowing you

Those that can...

This is debatable amongst senior leaders, but I continue to hold the conviction that my success as an educator finds its roots in my triumphs and my failures in my own classroom. My ability to nurture, tame, challenge and understand. My ability to ensure that every student, with his or her unique cocktail of strengths and foibles, leaves the classroom with a new knowledge and understanding that they didn’t have when they walked in. It’s a big ask, but, I believe, a fair and reasonable one, and constitutes the bread and butter of why we get up in the mornings.

Differentiation. The word still has overtones for me of the PGCE year, when the components needed to make oneself a competent teacher were daunting, frequently confusing, and occasionally appeared unattainable. Differentiation. It’s a pretty cumbersome and inelegant word, isn’t it? And I don’t blame Ofsted for changing their terminology. ‘Meeting the needs…

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About gwenelope

English and Media Studies teacher in the wilds of Coventry, about to start my tenth year, which in itself is frankly terrifying. In the small pockets of free time I have have been known to do things like Tough Guy, circuit classes and swim often, very often. It is what keeps sanity near and insanity at bay.
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