Hello teachers! Welcome to a fresh look at February’s educational blogs and online resources. This month: pick up a brand new skill you can use in the classroom in just a few minutes, discuss just how sick you need to be to justify a sick day and find out what’s on the National Education Trust’s wishlist for the 2015 General Election.

Learn a new skill, right now

invite_russellDo you ever wish you had more time to pick up new tricks of the trade and get to grips with nifty new technology for the classroom? You’re certainly not alone. Fortunately, if you have a spare ten minutes, Russell Stannard has a very handy website which will help you pick up something new and usable in no time.
Teacher Training Videos is an invaluable online resource for any educator keen to do more and go further. From showing you how to create flashy presentations with voiceovers and webcam (these are great for teaching presentation skills to your students too!), to learning more about Tricider, a website where students can create discussions and ask lots of questions, there’s a wealth of know-how to absorb here.

 

How sick is too sick to teach?

CWTeaching is one of those professions in which you simply don’t look forward to a sick day on the sofa, with a blanket, bowl of soup and Jeremy Kyle. As a teacher, it’s pretty much impossible to approach a sickie with anything but dread when you’re feeling peaky. As you wallow on your sickbed, your carefully planned schedule is going out the window, all of those essential “to dos” are piling up and up, and goodness only knows how the substitute is holding up.

Which poses the interesting question: how sick is too sick to teach? At what point should you put on your dressing gown and admit defeat? This the conundrum that under the weather educator Nick Provenzano sets out to tackle on his blog this snivelly week. His conclusion? Well, we need a better lesson-covering system for starters.

  • Are you from the Keep Calm and Carry On school when it comes to getting poorly? When you take sick leave, does the idea of getting behind cause you stress? Do you think that the system could work better? Share your experiences and ideas below.

 Election 2015: What should it mean for education?

Signpost, political partiesWith under 100 days to go until the 2015 General Election, political parties are getting stuck in to the squabble, working hard to draw party line and (even harder) to appeal to the public. But instead of bickering over televised debates, many of us are keen to hear politicians talk more about the key policies which will form a fresh government in the months to come.

Most importantly for us educators, where does each party stand on education? And what do they need to do to win our votes?

Well, the independent charitable foundation the National Education Trust has more than a few ideas for key topics which should be on all parties’ agendas. From establishing a Chief Executive of the National Education Service post, to benchmarking the quality of UK teaching and school leadership against international best practice.

  • Which concerns are most prominent on your own personal list? Share your opinions with other educators below.

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