• Aug 252013

If’ — for new teachers

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Here’s the second of our three videos to motivate you, your colleagues and students in the coming school year (the others are Now That’s What I Call Outstanding and Little Video, Big Messages).

We made ‘If’ with newly qualified teachers in mind, but the things we think are important are just as relevant, whatever your classroom experience. Let’s value the characters in our classes and aim to develop things like resilience, honesty, humility, generosity, whatever the subject being taught. Our students are so much more than the sum of their test scores… We’re not against testing — that would be ridiculous. We just think that sometimes in all our hoop-jumping important stuff can sometimes get lost along the way.

Feel free to download a copy of ‘If — For New Teachers’ if you want to use it as a morale booster — just right-click here and save to your computer. We’d love to hear how you’ve used it! As well as Vimeo, it’s also on YouTube too, if you want to share it that way…

An explanation for those of you in foreign climes: here in the UK — windy days and rowdy students are positively correlated, for “OFSTED” see “the government department who send inspectors into our schools” and a “Teachmeet” is an out-of-school-hours meet-up run by teachers for teachers to share good practice… Everything else should translate. We face similar challenges, wherever we are!

You can watch the other videos here: Now That’s What I Call Outstanding and here:Little Video, Big Messages.

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