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Staying positive throughout the year

Staying positive throughout the school year is an ideal that just might be worth pursuing. It’s natural for there to be dips in our sense of well being at various stages of the year, and we’re not talking about hollow positivity that refuses to acknowledge the very real problems that many teachers have to face day in day out.…

10 top tips for your demo lesson

For many, the most stressful element of a teaching interview is the demonstration lesson. With no idea about the class ‘characters’ and often having just received the news that you now have only half the time you were asked to plan for, you feel you are expected to roll up and blow their socks off.…

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

Feeling as though you’re about to be found out to be a fraud is a surprisingly common phenomenon, not least in the world of education. Imposter syndrome, identified in 1978 by academics at Georgia State University, is a curiously destructive form of self-doubt, sometimes leading to careers being cut short or significantly downgraded if it isn’t kept in check. Sadly, it’s not uncommon to hear of talented people adapting their careers to accommodate, rather than overcome, imposter syndrome.…

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