There has been a lot of negative press about teachers lately. From the press, but also from government, Ofsted, unions and others. This post will not contribute to that negativity in any way, indeed I hope this is seen as an antidote.
To start – think of the amazing things that you do every day in the classroom and the effect that is having on your pupils. Then look at other teachers in your school and see what they are doing – are they making a difference? Chances are you won’t have to look that hard.
Three things off the top of my head:
- I have been lucky enough to help David Mitchell out today in moderating some posts on the Feb29th website. It is one of the most amazing things that I have seen. At one point, there were posts going up at the rate of one every one-and-a-half seconds. The work that David and Peter have put into making the Feb29th project work is incredible, and the results are simply stunning.
- How about Ian Addison’s Under Ten Minutes website? A fab tool for CPD with some great tools explained by teachers for teachers.
- The 100 Word Challenge is one of the most innovative and inspiring writing projects I have seen – really inspiring pupils to write
So, my challenge to you… as there is news out there about teaching that it isn’t all negative, think of something positive to say about teaching and the impact that YOU are having in school. Now, go to the Feb29th site and write down what they are 🙂