This much I know about…the workload debate

johntomsett

I have been a teacher for 26 years, a Headteacher for 11 years and, at the age of 50, this much I know about the workload debate.

I’ve just completed a 63 hour week; by the time I get to Sunday bed time that figure will be 70 hours plus. I write that as a fact, not a complaint. From doing my bus duty to leading an eight hour strategy meeting with Headteacher colleagues to teaching Economics A level, I love my job.

None of us working in schools goes underground to dig coal. In relative terms, our working conditions are pretty good. We have long holidays. As Shakespeare said, working with young people, Physics the subject, makes old hearts fresh. Every day our teaching always has the potential to be joyous.

It’s a year this weekend since I wrote about how my job has impacted upon my relationship…

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The best teachers are lifelong learners

Ed Leader

2011/365/49 Learning is Here

For educational leaders and teachers, being a lifelong learner is not an option. For education to progress and improve, we are all challenged with learning new skills, applying new theory and creating new learning engagements for our students.

Too often, I hear the words “but I do not have the time.” That is not true, if it is important enough you make time. With just a little effort each day or each week we can learn new things that either make us more productive in our school or allow us to create new opportunities to enhance student learning.

Oftentimes, struggling teachers are also those that have not taken the time nor the effort to develop their skills. This is particularly evident with the use of technology. With a bit of application it is easy to improve one’s use of technology either to improve our own efficacy or to integrate the…

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