Teaching, touching moments and training

"I believe that we are here for each other, not against each other. Everything comes from an understanding that you are a gift in my life - whoever you are, whatever our differences." - John Denver.
For my parents who, having become almost professional users of WhatsApp, never fail to stay in touch (unless there is sport on the TV) and ask me all sorts of questions, the answers to many of which form the basis of these blog entries.To my Mum I say: bear with it, the typing becomes easier.To my Dad I say: please remember to talk when doing a voice recording.
The difference in methods of teaching are almost as starkly different as black and white.I find myself challenged in ways I never would be in the UK.Paper is scarce (it is consistently damp from the moisture in the air), there is one printer/scanner (limited ink), no photocopier (unless we use the printer) and there are blackboards in each class.So much of what I have used in the past is redundant – colourful visual aids, …

My Life in the Clouds

"I've learned in my life that it's important to be able to step outside your comfort zone and be challenged with something you're not familiar or accustomed to. That challenge will allow you to see what you can do." - J R Martinez

The idea of children being at the centre of education in the UK is something, I believe, has been lost by so many people of ‘influence’.Government policy, governing body agendas, results data and even elements of our safeguarding procedures have become higher priorities than children themselves, their education and welfare… and let’s not even start on costs!I know I am not alone in this view, but it is incredibly frustrating to spend so much time wondering what the motivation behind so many bad decisions is.  As for OfSted's latest decision, which I should not waste my words on, well, it is just another change they have made to keep them all in a job!  Retraining to become a teacher I knew why I wanted to teach and I still know that…