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How to monitor student progress in the classroom

As teachers we all know it is extremely important to monitor the progress of students in the classroom but is it something we’re doing on a regular basis? Could we be doing it better or more efficiently? When sending candidates to an interview with a potential school we have a quick chat about the interview…

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From One Ontarian Teacher to Another

Before I moved from Canada to the UK to teach I already had 5 years of experience. You’d assume my advice for new teachers would be to do the same, but it’s quite the opposite, especially for Ontarians. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the schools in Canada, my colleagues, the kids (can give or…

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Teaching Overseas

When I think about teaching overseas it reminds me of the following quote: A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge and wisdom in the pupils. ~Ever Garrison I made the decision to move overseas and teach nearly 20 years ago and I never looked back! I hope my list below is…

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Parents’ Evening: a Parent’s Perspective

A couple of weeks’ ago, I attended my Stepdaughter’s Year 9 Parents’ Evening. It was a novelty for me; being on the other side of the ultimate speed-dating event. And yes, I do say speed-dating, because it is series of 5 minute talking slots in which you must get to know as much as possible…

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Create a Great First Impression

How to make a great first impression? It does not matter whether you live in a city or the country side, people tend to judge on first impressions, especially when you are in an interview situation. How long does it take? Roughly 7 seconds. That’s about how long our attention span can be. Think of…

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Starting to plan what crafts to do in the class for mother’s day coming up? Look no further! We have trawled through the internet to find the best crafts to try this year. There is always the old faithful hand butterfly or hand flowers but these are a bit more adventurous if you’re up for…

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Angry and frustrated Brits

10 Things Brits Say…. but don’t actually mean

Earlier this year we discussed 10 terms that Brits say and what they actually mean.  If you’re fairly new to the UK or even been here for a while, you may have also realised that us Brits, known for our sarcasm and self-deprecation, also have a habit of saying things that we don’t quite mean.…

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How to make your TA your BFF

Do you need some ideas on how to maintain a positive relationship with TAs and Support Staff in your classroom? Keep reading! Having a good relationship with TAs and support staff in your classroom is incredibly important. It helps to ensure classrooms run smoothly and that all students are receiving what they need to make…

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Half term: how not to waste your week off

Half term is coming up, and it’s the same old story – you have a week off; so long, yet so short. After the habitual bed and pj days needed after a long term, you’ve got time on your hands to do something enjoyable, which doesn’t involve work. So what to do? Here’s Impact’s top…

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