Author Archives: The Quirky Teacher

Are you really teaching? Or are you just asking endless frustrating questions?

Originally posted on The Quirky Teacher:
I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while, partly because Ben Newmark has been writing some excellent stuff on didactic teaching which has got me thinking about what concise-explanation-is-king teaching looks like in…

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The warped world of the teacher-come-therapist

Originally posted on The Quirky Teacher:
You’re not the second Messiah and that’s OK. On my timeline yesterday and today is quite a bit of chatter about something called Attachment Disorder (AD). This came up because I had written a…

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Progressive ideology – bad for everyone’s mental health?

Originally posted on The Quirky Teacher:
You know me, I don’t beat about the bush. I’ve finally managed to get my planning done, but I’m feeling anxious about the start of the new term and I know I’m not alone…

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Real silence

Originally posted on The Quirky Teacher:
This blog post is intended as an extra layer in the conversation surrounding the use of silence in schools to help children study. After Anthony Radice wrote a blog post which talked about the…

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Behaviour: what can primary schools do?

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Life is a series of tests, so adding another little one at the start of school shouldn’t matter.

Originally posted on The Quirky Teacher:
I think a baseline test would be a great idea, mainly because I think we really need to know what some reception year teachers have to deal with before they can even get started…

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The case of the disappearing TA

Originally posted on The Quirky Teacher:
Simultaneously taking on the role of the parent and going all-out with inquiry-based learning is too resource-intensive in these straightened times.  I have the ‘least’ TA now in the school (down to a few…

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