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Teaching, Diving and Looking for Lemurs in Madagascar

Frontier | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

It took me a week to get used to the environment, as even though I liked the food, I struggled to eat much, though I soon got my appetite back to its usual size once I had adjusted to the climate and my malaria pills. Anyway despite my lack of energy I still enjoyed the quick intro into PADI (I found that I was at a slight advantage as I had already started working through the book).

Why I Said No to the Job

Maria Senise | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Senise

I earned my teaching certification over a year ago, and at first, I was so excited to teach; now, after seeing all of the political and bureaucratic bullshit involved, the idea repulses me. Teaching summer school the past couple of years has been kind of alright because there aren't any standardized tests or government dictates involved.

What I Learned From Visiting Reach Academy Feltham

Oliver Beach | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Beach

I asked one Year 8 girl what she is going to achieve in her GCSEs in 2017, to which she replied with utmost certainty: "A*s in EVERY subject;" refreshingly aspirational... There was no despondency about 'being rubbish at Maths' or 'not enjoying English'.

Drunk in Charge of a School Football Team

Kathryn Lovewell | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kathryn Lovewell

'Teachers in a 'drunken brawl' on school trip to Barcelona'. That was the headline that I returned to when emerging from a detox retreat (my partner chose not to tell me the 'news' until my 'quiet time' was over to avoid any disruption to my focus on mental and emotional peace!).

The How to Guide of Teaching, Living, and Dating in South Korea

Toni Rae | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Toni Rae

Living overseas is not just an admirable endeavor, it is a complete lifestyle change. Back in 2008, after my third lay off at the ripe old age of 25, I chose to take a position teaching English in South Korea at Yang Yang Girls' High School. Now here are some things you should know about teaching in South Korea...

Mindfulness in Schools

Anna Moody | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Moody

Has anyone noticed that things are a bit 'off' in the world at the moment? How do we set about course correcting? Can anyone come up with a solution?

Teachers: Burnt Out or Burning Brightly?

Kathryn Lovewell | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kathryn Lovewell

Who do you want in front of your kids for over 500 hours of their formative years - a stressed, intolerant screeching banshee or a calm, compassionate and flexible human being with a sense of humour?

A toast to teachers

Dominic Stevenson | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK
Dominic Stevenson

Teaching isn't easy, and it's getting harder as ministers and parents decide they know best, but teachers will carry on. They'll strive and sweat and do their best and they will change more lives and they'll be remembered in years to come when dreams they helped to build come true.

The Last Taboo

Shirley Conran | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK
Shirley Conran

It is the last taboo. Talking about it is not something a nice girl does in mixed company, it is indelicate, unfeminine. Many women have been raised to believe that men are "naturally good" at money matters and women are "naturally bad" at money matters. It's not said directly, little girls pick up this idea by osmosis. Outside the home, for a man to say he wants more money or ask for a raise is acceptable; it goes with the hairy chest and the company car. But women can't say that, they won't even admit it to themselves and they don't want to think about why.

Exams! From Mum's Perspective!

Janey Jones | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Janey Jones

I try to help them through in various motherly ways. Providing tubs for stuff relating to each subject, feeding them with Jamie Oliver steak sandwiches, roast chicken dinners, bananas, strawberries, blueberries and trays of home-made tiffin.

Celebrate Schools, Don't Inspect Them

Oliver Beach | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Beach

As a teacher I can say that the prospect of a spontaneous Ofsted visit is a scary and intimidating thought. Even after only 18 months in teaching, the idea of a 15-minute judgement period leaves me feeling vexed with Ofsted who, to my mind, are the bad guy, the anathema in education.

Self-Teaching Yourself to Success

Saj Devshi | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Saj Devshi

A passing idea to keep my mind occupied snowballed into something bigger and I now run one of the most popular Psychology A level blogs on the internet. If I have learnt anything in the last year or so, it is that anything is possible if you put your mind to it and you're will is such that you wont take no for an answer, even from yourself.

Rites and Wrongs

Nick Clements | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

In some sense the skills taught created the man. A young boy would struggle to learn all such skills on his own. By teaching them, the older men speeded up the learning process. The boy recognised he needed to be taught how to become a man, and the process was valued.

Five Tips For Graduates Considering A Career In Teaching

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

There is currently a growing demand for teachers in this country, particularly within inner city schools. Once employed, newly qualified teachers earn...

Teachers and Parents: It's Time To Teach About Same Sex Weddings!

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Shaun Dellenty

So in the end, common sense, lots of hard work from lots of people and the freedom to love and be loved prevailed. I can now legally wed the man I love, should I choose to. Blimey, I feel like my experience of reality just changed massively.

This Thinktank Thinks We Should Abolish Minimum Wage For Young People

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK

A right-of-centre think tank has been attacked for calling for the national minimum wage to be abolished for apprentices and under-18s. The Institu...

In Celebration of World Home Economics Day

Sian Breslin | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sian Breslin

While home economics is studied in the classroom around the world, it is only when it is practised at home that it becomes empowering. I ask all mums and dads to start thinking of teaching basic Home Economics to your boys and girls.

Teaching Needs to Be a Career as Well as a Calling

Ben Nicholls | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Nicholls

"Oh, God, not another one!" shrieked my friend, draining her drink in what should probably have been two gulps. I'd just told her, very tentatively, that whilst I hadn't considered teaching seriously as a career when I was younger, I can now see its appeal...

Chinese Teachers Shipped Into Boost Brits' Maths Skills

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK

Maths teachers from China will be shipped over to boost British pupil performance in the subject and to overhaul the way the UK teaches numeracy. A...

Teachers Read Out Mean Tweets

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Comedy

'Celebrities read mean tweets' has been a brilliant segment on Jimmy Kimmel's late-night show for some time now. So we're delighted that two people na...

Let's Make Education a Reality for Every Girl and Woman

Pauline Rose | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK
Pauline Rose

One of the rewards of helping to track global education over the past decade has been watching progress in getting more girls into school. But as we mark International Women's Day, I'm more conscious than ever that the glass is still not even half full: 31 million girls have never set foot inside a classroom, and half of them are unlikely ever to do so.

Ofsted: Who Inspects the Inspectors?

Tony Mckenna | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tony Mckenna

From the moment you attend that first job interview, you can often find yourself participating in an elaborate and bizarre form of performance art. 'Why do you want the job?' - they ask. For most people, the answer is relatively simple - 'because I have bills to pay, kids to feed, etc...'

Teach First Then Teach Forever

Oliver Beach | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Beach

Six episodes later, 16 months into teaching and although I'm still exhausted, I'm perpetually rewarded by the incredible students that I'm fortunate enough to teach and learn from. There are moments where students tell me to "go write a song about it in the bathroom", but on the whole, I'm happily rebranded as the Marilyn Gandhi-loving, red chino-donning, Inbetweener-impersonating, over-zealous, Scottish, eccentric teacher.

We Really Do Need to Talk About Education

Meryl Noronha | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Meryl Noronha

In Year 10, I didn't have one English teacher; I had six - a new supply teacher for each half term. I remember asking myself why it was that nobody wanted to stay at our school, but looking around me it wasn't that difficult to see why. Our school building was old and crumbling, we were oversubscribed, and classes were packed.

Who Will Stop Michael Gove - Before It's Too Late?

Margaret Heffernan | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Politics
Margaret Heffernan

If Michael Gove were just building some ghastly skyscrapers or running a sweatshop, we might not like it but would trust to time to show him the error of his ways. But he is experimenting - in his loose and lazy ways - with the minds of a generation. He needs to be stopped.