The TSN Blog
At a recent well-being teacher training session, I uncovered a serious can of worms when I asked the staff about the quality and quantity of their sleep. It was shocking. Not one member of staff was getting enough sleep, never mind quality sleep! Did you know that less than 6 hours sleep affects your coordination, reaction times and judgement? (British Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine)
Does the bad weather have an impact on teachers’ health and wellbeing? Julian Stanley considers the cost of a long winter.
Following the teaching union conferences, Julian Stanley considers how to tackle the reality of increasing workloads.
Gall Twitter gael ei ddefnyddio gan athrawon yn y stafell ddosbarth er mwyn helpu gyda phob math o bethau sy’n gysylltiedig ag astudiaethau, bywydau preifat, materion ystafell ddosbarth, gwaith cartref a materion ysgol. Gyda pheth dychymyg does dim terfyn ar yr hyn a allwch ei wneud. Dyma ugain syniad i chi gael dechrau.
Twitter can be used by teachers in the classroom to help with a whole manner of things relating to studies, private lives, classroom issues, homework and school issues. With a little imagination there is no limit to what you can do. Here are twenty one ideas to get you started.
Julian Stanley discusses the need of school governors to understand the importance of the culture and values of the schools they govern.
“Some children are coming to school with cold chips or just a packet of biscuits in their lunchbox.” BBC news reported that many children go without enough to eat during the school day. It doesn’t take a genius to discern the effects of hunger and poor diet on a child’s ability to learn. Poor concentration, inability to actively listen, irritability and fatigue are all obvious symptoms.
We already have a couple of people signed up for the London to Brighton cycle ride in September and thought we would get our resident long-distance cyclist and web manager Allen to give you some advice on your first London to Brighton charity bike ride. This advice would also apply to anyone committing to their first sixty mile charity cycle ride. Allen is aiming to build up to ride 400 miles in less than 36 hours in June, but he says that the principles below hold for any endurance cycling event.
On national day for change, Julian Stanley considers what all teachers can do to help remove the stigma of mental health and prevent teacher suicide.
Today is NHS Change Day. It is, as the promotional literature describes it: "the largest ever simultaneous improvement event in the NHS, mobilising 65,000 colleagues into a single day of collective improvement action". The key purpose of the day is "to make a difference for patients and to do something better together".
My name is Elizabeth Mellors and I’ve been teaching English since 2002; the last years of which have I have spent working part-time. I prefer working part-time because (despite not having a family) I believe that a ‘work life balance’ is important and not always achievable in a full-time teaching position, particularly if you also have a demanding role such as a Head or Second in Department.
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