Monthly Archives: April 2015

Guest Blog 8: Who’d Be a Teacher Indeed?

I was warned of course, by a retired teacher, the father of my earliest childhood friend. “You’re going to teach? You must be mad!” Trevor roared, in his usual jovial good manner, “They are ruining teaching you know!” I didn’t … Continue reading

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Guest Blog 7: Time to Move On- a U.S. story

I have often told the first part of this story, as if it were a fairy tale come true. When I was seventeen, I decided to become a teacher in the high school classroom where I currently practice my craft. I … Continue reading

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A personal journey out of the classroom (10): When you need to call the coastguard

Some advice for those who have left school, are leaving, or just thinking about it. If you’ve read my previous 8 blog posts, you’ll notice, I hope, that I was able to progress through the education maze to find happiness … Continue reading

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A personal journey out of the classroom (9): REALLY leaving teaching, Part II

I spent a week at home messing around and then started getting my act together. I contacted a former colleague from my ‘hokey cokey’ days back in school where I worked on an education project for a day a week. … Continue reading

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A personal journey out of the classroom (8): Things Fall Apart

Things Fall Apart I’d hired a phenomenal (again, temporary) person to work with a child with SEN. When she arrived, the child was effectively without spoken language (this was not a specialist SEN setting). Within a matter of weeks with … Continue reading

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A personal journey out of the classroom (7) : Back to School but No Longer at Ease

Return to the chalkface And so it came to pass that I found myself back in school. I made a good start but there were issues from the beginning. I was ‘physically’ isolated at quite a distance from others- I … Continue reading

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Guest Blog 6: The world is my oyster…or even my seafood platter

When ExitTeaching approached me about doing a blog post about leaving teaching I wasn’t sure whether I should. Despite the fact I had considered leaving a few times over the past 12 years I never took it seriously, it was … Continue reading

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A personal journey out of the classroom (6)

At the end of this year of secondment (see personal journey out of the classroom 5), a nearby Local Authority was advertising a more senior role. My line manager was aware that the secondment year was finishing and shoved the … Continue reading

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Guest Blog 5: Leaving Teaching: a personal perspective

First of all may I say I’m not here to give reasons for leaving teaching: I know teachers who want to leave, as well as some who are happy to keep going. I respect the views of both. All I … Continue reading

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Guest Blog 4: Not Part of ‘The Plan’

Nearly two years ago I took a year off teaching to write full time.  Next year will be my third year away from teaching, but I still haven’t had the chance to write much at all. As often happens, ‘life’ … Continue reading

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