Paper PlaneDecember 07, 2019
This time of year is filled with uncertainty. New teachers have been appointed but only the interview panel has met them and colleagues you’ve become close friends with are moving on to other schools.
Paper PlaneSeptember 30, 2019
Last week, I had an interview at my school for a leadership position. The whole experience was quite strange, as it was my first interview in a very long time. I also find being interviewed by people I work with on a daily basis strange and possibly more daunting than being interviewed by a panel that I’ve never met before.
Paper PlaneAugust 21, 2019
Report-writing time is not when you want printers to break down, photocopiers to jam or students to breathe too loudly in class. Writing reports puts teachers on edge and makes their tolerance for everyday annoyances extremely low.
Paper PlaneJune 06, 2019
I am just home from a full day of professional development at my school. We got to start later than usual and finish earlier than usual, and yet I am still feeling like I’ve been hit by a bus. Sitting in a chair listening to people speak all day can really take it out of you.
Paper PlaneApril 05, 2019
Entering a primary classroom for a secondary teacher can be quite confronting. In my new job, I am working across both primary and secondary and last week found myself taking a grade 2 class for a lesson.
Paper PlaneFebruary 18, 2019
Trading long lunches for photocopier queues, Netflix marathons for lesson-planning and sleep-ins for staff meetings is a rude shock to the system as we start back at school.
Paper PlaneNovember 12, 2018
At 12.30pm on the Sunday before any school term resumes, you can guarantee an email from the principal welcoming you back.
Paper PlaneSeptember 13, 2018
We usually have a pile of tissue boxes stacked on top of the filing cabinets in our office, but last week the supply dried up. Unfortunately, our noses did not. We have been under siege with germs and sickness and the tissue crisis is indicative of this.