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What are We Doing to Protect Our Teachers?

October 27, 2016

 

 

I want an assurance to my fellow colleagues that we are being looked after. That our protection is a top priority.

The video above depicts a student allegedly coming to the aid of his female teacher. The teacher was punched in the face by another student until this student intervenes and knocks the instigator out.

I am deeply concerned for this poor, defenseless teacher. What can she possibly do in such a situation? How can her bosses possibly assure her safety?

If I was her parent or partner, I would be begging her to resign. But she may be an extraordinary teacher. Do we really want our best teachers leaving schools who need their expertise?

How are we supposed to find the next generation of quality teachers when there is such a clear security risk associated with the profession?

Thankfully we have this footage, to remind us how defenseless we are in certain situations and how brutal being a high school teacher can be.

 

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The Gift of Teaching and the Other Gifts that Come With It

September 29, 2016

 

It is fabulous to be appreciated. Teachers are often taken for granted, ridiculed, disrespected and bullied. So when we are given a compliment or a gift, it can make provide the strength and optimism required to manage through the hard times.

I just love this clip. This teacher will never forget the gesture.

 

 

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Add Years to Prison Sentences for Hitting a Teacher

March 3, 2016

 

If you assault a teacher your legal penalty should be greater than if you committed the same act on a stranger. It is absolutely essential that we protect our teachers by making an example of students like the one above.

 

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Teachers Want to Be Liked (Video)

February 14, 2016

 

Teachers are not paid to be liked, and sometimes it’s better for the students when they’re not, but it makes the job so much more satisfying when your students care about you. This video above shows what a little recognition can do to a teacher.

 

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The Epidemic that is Teacher Bullying

December 21, 2015

 

 

Some will watch the teacher in the video above and think that he looks soft, weak and defeated. I think he handled the situation brilliantly.

Forget about classroom management gurus and 6 step strategies for classroom control, when a student decides that he detests you enough to blow cigar smoke in your face, there’s nothing you can do about it.

The kid in this video is likely to get in a world of trouble. But if I were the principal, I wouldn’t stop there. I would happily punish the entire class for their laughter and encouragement. Shame on them!

 

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Now IS Are After Primary Teachers!

December 14, 2015

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ISIS is evil, and it can only take an evil organisation to make teachers the target of terror. Teachers almost universally choose their profession based on the desire to give back and make an indelible contribution. To paint this as an act of intolerance or brainwashing is astonishing in its lack of perception and capacity to see hatred in something which is plainly good.

 

A TEACHER has been attacked in Paris by a masked Islamic State supporter wielding a box cutter and scissors.

The 45-year-old teacher was stabbed in the side and throat while preparing for his class at a primary school in Aubervilliers in northeastern suburbs of Paris, but his life was not in danger, a police source said.

The attacker was dressed in painter’s overalls and a balaclava and arrived without a weapon but grabbed what appeared to be a box cutter that was lying in the classroom as well as a pair of scissors.

According to local prosecutors the man shouted: “This is Daesh. This is a warning.”

Daesh is another name for IS.

The brief exchange was reported by a witness working inside the school.

 

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Teachers Need to Fight Hate With Love

November 25, 2015

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I really loved the first part of the teacher’s response. It is balanced, persuasive and strong. I wasn’t as big a fan of the sarcasm at the end. I don’t blame him for sending up the parent, but I’m afraid he may have undermined the points he so succinctly made early in his text.

What do you think?

 

 

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People Find the Stabbing of a Teacher Funny

August 11, 2015

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A teacher gets stabbed by a crazed student and 69 of his student friends signal their approval:

 

A judge has blasted the ‘sick’ people who ‘liked’ a Facebook post of the 14-year-old boy who stabbed a supply teacher in a racist attack. 

The boy, who the judge ruled cannot be identified, was overheard calling Vincent Uzomah a ‘b******’ and a ‘n*****’ before he knifed him in the stomach at Dixons Kings Academy in Bradford in June. 

In a message ‘liked’ by 69 people, he then boasted on Facebook: ‘The motherf***** getin funny so I stick the blade straight in his tummy.’ 

Passing sentence yesterday, Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC condemned the boy’s post and those who ‘liked’ it as ‘sick’.

The judge said: ‘It’s an appalling reflection on a small microcosm of our society that within minutes or hours after posting, 69 people “liked”. How sick.’

The judge described the attack as ‘utterly shocking’ and told the boy he had ‘deliberately and callously’ stabbed his teacher.

He said: ‘You went to your school armed with a knife with a significant blade intending, when the opportunity presented, to stab your teacher Vincent Uzomah.

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Imagine if Teachers Were Treated Like Sporting Stars

July 29, 2015

 

 

 

I am quite happy doing my job without fanfare but I think this clip is very clever indeed!

 

 

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Exercise Tips for Busy Teachers

June 10, 2015

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My personal tips would include requesting the classroom on the top floor and dispensing with the comfortable teacher chairs.

The following tips are courtesy of .theguardian.com:

 

Get active in school

Julia Kelly, who teaches English at a Cheshire high school, gets involved in as many active aspects of school life as possible, including becoming leader of all levels of the school’s Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme. “This means I am away with the pupils for a number of weekends over the year, but it also means that the extra-curricular activities I’m involved in require me to be active and keep fit myself,” she says.

On expeditions Kelly carries around 14 kilos of kit and burns thousands of calories a day walking and tracking or training the students. She says that the scheme also inspired an interest in hillwalking, which is now an important part of her life.

If you can’t commit to the full award experience, don’t worry. Other teachers had some rather fun suggestions. Primary teacher Jackie Milne (@milne_stoney) does laps of the playground with students and Laura Dalchow, head of science at a Surrey junior school, enjoys a little dance every now and then with her class.

Get up early

Caroline Weale, who works at a secondary school in Yorkshire, suggests exercising early in the morning. She sets her alarm for 5.45am and swims or exercises in the gym for half an hour before getting ready for school.

She says her ability to rise and shine at the crack of dawn is down to pure will power – and lots of telling herself she is not tired. It was painful at first but now that her body clock is in a routine, it’s much easier. “My mind does not make as many excuses to lie-in as it used to.” After school, Weale says, exercise isn’t an option. “I have so much marking to do, so many parents to ring, so much data to input, meetings galore … so fitness training in the morning is the key.”

If you miss a session or wake up late Weale advises doing something a bit quicker like skipping for 10 minutes or doing a few sit-ups before breakfast.

Join a pay-as-a-go running group

This isn’t like gym membership, where you’re locked into a pricey contract for a year. The flexibility attracted teacher Charlotte Pearson. She says that if she has a last-minute lesson observation and can no longer make the club she doesn’t need to stress as she pays per session.

She joined a running group, mainly attended by women with busy lifestyles, three months ago and now goes twice a week. The group runs anything from five to 10 miles in each session.

“If I have a deadline to meet, then I just go to the next session. I’ve also made a lot of new friends, lost weight, toned up, dropped a dress size and I’m putting myself forwards for things that I never thought I’d do – like a half-marathon next month and also the Yorkshire marathon in October,” she says.

Not a fan of clubs and don’t have the time after work? Squeeze a running session into your lunch break, advises Leah Cunnah, who does a casual 5k between lessons.

Work exercise into your commute

Grammar school headteacher Chris Pyle fits exercise into his busy schedule by running to school. He jokes that you only need to run to work once a week for students to be convinced you’re at it every day. “They tend to find it amusing, obviously, but I like to think it sets a good example.”

Pyle says if you’re thinking of doing something similar you need to get organised: bring suits and shirts to work the night before or carry them in a running bag (which can lead to a lot of creasing). He also says showering on-site afterwards is essential, as is a plan for how you can bring in or take home marking.

Pyle says the logistics of running home are a bit easier, and it’s best to alternate running with cycling or other forms of exercise to make sure you don’t tire your legs out. For motivation he keeps a diary of the miles he has run.

“I think my most memorable run to school was being dive-bombed by a nesting buzzard as I took a short-cut past some woodland a few years ago. It was terrifying. I arrived at school feeling that I had already been through a life and death battle – ready to take on my challenging year 9s.”

He adds: “Teaching is very seasonal, and will always have some really busy periods, with reports deadlines or parents evenings. The important thing is just to keep putting on the running shoes on a regular basis, even if only for a very few minutes. You’re worth it.”

 

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