The teaching profession needs more of a number of things, one of which is dignity.
To the teacher who decides to begin a staff training session with a ‘warm-up’ activity where everyone has to stand and do something foolish, I say, “Stop it.”
And nobody should feel pressured into dressing up as a munchkin for World Book Day. For extroverts, such a practice is entirely self-serving in that it draws attention without encouraging a single child to read a single book. For introverts, it is sheer torture.
And now that I think about it, if you are going to launch a College of Teaching with the promise of a new era of professionalism for teachers in England then don’t decide to have a sing-song in the middle of your first conference. I’ve seen the footage of that and, painful as it was, it contained a glimmer of hope; a…
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