Author: educatingjoe

Fairness and the power of an apology

As a child, and as a student now, the thing that has always turned me against teachers and lecturers is perceived unfairness, particularly in the form of being blamed or accused of something. During my first year working in schools as a teaching assistant, I experienced what it's like to be the unfair one. It … Continue reading Fairness and the power of an apology


Is the education system killing my love of teaching?

There are many things that concern me about teaching and the education system as a whole. I feel the best way to illustrate this is by producing a ridiculously long list about some of the things I worry about: teacher pay progress related pay destandardised pay structures with academies increased recording and paperwork pressures workload generally … Continue reading Is the education system killing my love of teaching?

What do we actually teach?

Summary - The knowledge based education system worries me and fails to teach vital life skills. This is a problem. As an adult, I find myself wishing I knew how to do 'stuff'. The stuff I wish I knew includes knowing how to look after my car and understand the engine, how to make stuff, … Continue reading What do we actually teach?


Moving Key Stages – The Outcome

Way back in January, I wrote about my anxieties regarding moving down to Year 1 (age 5-6), having worked in Key Stage 2 (KS2, age 7-11) in some capacity for the last 4-5 years. My placement was about 12 weeks in total and I have to say, I loved it. Year 1 is very different … Continue reading Moving Key Stages – The Outcome