I recently saw a post in a Facebook group that got me thinking. In preparation for an interview, the teacher asked how she should answer this common interview question: what is your greatest weakness? She referred to it as “the dreaded question”. She had many replies from colleagues around the world. Here is a sample:… Continue reading The dreaded interview question
I don’t always get things right as an educator. I make daily mistakes and I have many weaknesses that I’m working on. However, I do pride myself on being a lifelong learner. A willingness to learn is an essential quality of any teacher in order to be a positive role model and to keep up with… Continue reading My Mandarin mindset
I am now a few weeks into the new school year and, importantly, I feel like I have established strong relationships with my students already. Of course, this is not just important at the beginning. I should now make a conscious effort to build these relationships throughout the whole year. As well as finding out… Continue reading A weight on young shoulders
The issue of screen time is one that has fascinated me for a while. It is something that teachers and parents often express a concern over. Yet, if screen time really is dangerous, this will impact our whole society! It isn’t just the younger generation that appears to be constantly attached to their devices. Admittedly,… Continue reading Screen time: what does research say?
In a blog post for @TeacherToolkit, Jack Gulston argues the case for sharing personal information with students. “I think with the children having an understanding of my life, they understand what obstacles I have had to overcome, so that can inspire them to overcome any obstacles they might face. I can see why not everyone will… Continue reading Must we hide our personal lives?
This week, I attended a two-day workshop about coaching and leadership, led by Jan Alen of Growth Coaching International. I went into the training knowing very little about coaching and I had no experience of coaching or being coached. I’m very new to this so it’s by no means expert advice. I just want to… Continue reading Beginning coaching
This morning, I have been using Google Sheets to prepare and organise my weight loss plan. Yes, I’m taking it very seriously so feel free to keep me accountable! As I input diet and exercise data, I’m reminded of some very simple tricks. I’d like to share these with you in case you’re not already aware… Continue reading Five useful Google Sheets tricks