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#DailyWritingChallenge Day 1:Acceptance

“Now the new teacher can begin to stand within the community; to find belonging; to listen to the individual people around them; to appreciate them and be appreciated…”

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Teaching, driving, and other challenges…

I think I was about 7 or 8 when I came to the realisation that I was clever, and by the time I was 10, this was the most important thing about me – being Clever was what made me stand out; it was what made me important. In the survival-of-the-fittest climate that dominated inner-city […]

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Week 2: thoughts on transition…

So this weekend I spent every moment I was alone crying in fear and repeatedly refusing to go to bed because I didn’t want Monday to come. Here’s the question: Why? Some thoughts… “My servant Moses is dead.  Now proceed to cross the Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving […]

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student/ pupil

A poem both about how I feel being observed on my PGCE teacher training course, but also giving a voice to the children I teach, as I also stand in the roll of ‘assessor’ for them. They don’t know my worth. No assessor, examiner or observer can put a grade on me – can put a price on […]