The great thing about teaching is that everyone has an opinion on it; the worst thing about teaching is that everyone has an opinion on it.
Before I’d even started teaching, my extended family regaled me with stories of their best and worst teachers and doled out advice about behaviour management strategies, dealing with angry parents and reading aloud to children, as if they were veteran teachers who’d stepped out of the classroom or the conference they were leading purely for my benefit.
Twitter has been set alight this week by an article in the Guardian which likened silent corridors to the gulag. As a teacher who works in a ‘challenging’ school, I couldn’t put my thoughts better than did this teacher. As a teacher whose classroom is at the intersection of two noisy corridors, a silent corridors policy is music to my ears: it means no one in my…
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