Having some perspective by @rufuswilliam

Name: Rufus
Twitter name: @rufuswilliam
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable): Maths
Position: Lead Coach
What is your advice about? Having some perspective

  1. Cultivate your hobbies outside of work, or your hinterland if you like.
  2. Make a point of not speaking about your work with certain friends or your partner.
  3. Read (not just books about Education)
  4. Try your hardest not to take work home with you, literally of figuratively. If this is impossible, limit it to 2 nights a week when you do.
  5. Get out of the school building at least once during the day, perhaps for a brisk walk in a local park.

Getting a great night’s sleep by @rufuswilliam

Name: Rufus
Twitter name: @rufuswilliam
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable): Maths
Position: Lead Coach
What is your advice about? Getting a great night’s sleep

  1. A school night? No alcohol, no caffeine after midday, and milk & honey before bed.
  2. Have a hot bath with Epsom salts.
  3. Read in the evenings, don’t work or go on Twitter or watch TV.
  4. Go to bed at 10 pm, don’t ever set the alarm for earlier than 6.
  5. No one ever finishes all their work to their desired standard every day. Set a time each day which you won’t ever work beyond and stick to it.

Leaving work at a sensible time (science context) by @@ruthyie

Name: Ruth Smith
Twitter name: @ruthyie
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable): Science
Position: KS5 Science Lead
What is your advice about? Leaving work at a sensible time (science context)

  1. When doing science technician orders each week, quickly create or collate any new resources there and then (worksheets, essential slides), however rough, tidying them up only if you later get time. The thought that goes into Orders forms the bulk of your planning.
  2. ‘Mark’ books at school and do it standing up, against the clock. Do it solely to inform you of what has and hasn’t been grasped, sorting work into categories and then deciding how to communicate to students in each category.
  3. I write the date of ‘marking’ (=looking at books) on the front of the book. I add a star if it’s all going well. I add a pair of spectacles if the student and I need to watch understanding and progress.
  4. ‘Marking’ in this way may not involve writing anything IN the books, but feedback to the class will take numerous forms because you will be aware of what they need. I can’t stop myself correcting/indicating spg errors, though…
  5. When it gets to the end of the working day, go home, and only do more if you know you’ll need a short day later in the week or if you really care about a particular task. If you can mentally bullet point what needs to happen in your lesson, you are ready enough for the next day.

Lunch Time by @TeachingAngle

Name: Teaching Angle
Twitter name: @TeachingAngle
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable):
Position: Teacher
What is your advice about? Lunch Time

  1. Make sure you eat something! The students are often more hyper after lunch so you’ll need to keep your strength up through the afternoon!
  2. Take the opportunity to speak to colleagues in your department and around school – it’s a valuable and often rare chance to share/offload/learn
  3. Volunteer for lunch duty at least once a week – you see the students in a different light + build relationships and usually get paid + a free lunch out of it
  4. Make sure your afternoon lessons are ready to go so you can hit the ground running as soon as the students come in from lunch.
  5. Don’t be afraid to do something completely unrelated to school for some/all of lunchtime – it’s your break so feel free to switch off and recharge your batteries for a short while.

Surviving “no free period” days by @dukkhaboy

Name: Philip Anderson
Twitter name: dukkhaboy
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable): Geography
Position: Head of dept
What is your advice about? Surviving “no free period” days

  1. Allow sometime in lessons when you are sat down. Take the weight off your feet
  2. Finish some lessons 5 minutes early to allow yourself breathing space or time to set up the next lesson
  3. Get out of your classroom at break and lunchtime. Go talk to some adults
  4. Be aware that the pupils are a bit more tired period 5 like you. Try not to lose your temper as a result of this tiredness
  5. Teaching is brilliant. Enjoying the lessons and enjoying being with the children makes it even more brilliant.

Tea by @andylewis_re

Name: Andy Lewis
Twitter name: andylewis_re
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable): RE
Position: Assistant Headteacher
What is your advice about? Tea

  1. If you get halfway while it is still ‘hot to lukewarm’, you are doing well. A thermos mug may prolong the acceptable drinking period, but often gives the drink a funny, plastic taste.
  2. A spillage can be a disaster. However, you can always tell students you were trying out a trick from the History department to make the work look authentically old.
  3. Five cups of tea is the recommended maximum (Six to eight for decaff). Plan them carefully. Before school, break, lunch and 3.30pm is 4 out of your 5.
  4. Setting up a ‘tea station’ in your office / department will make you incredibly popular, especially if you supplement the tea with some biscuits. Mcvities Fruit Shortcake are most popular in our office.
  5. This is probably all true for coffee too, but the only coffee I drink is Irish Coffee, and that’s not appropriate for break time. Pick your caffeine drinks carefully!