Four marks of the Catholic teacher

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Four marks of the Catholic teacher.

Being a Catholic Teacher in many ways is no different from being any other teacher. You still have to be on top of behaviour management, you still have to prepare for lessons, you still have to mark, deal with parents, and a whole host of other things. So what’s the difference? Well the answer to that is lots! But here are a few standout points that should be the mark of the Catholic teacher… Continue reading “Four marks of the Catholic teacher”

Saint of the Day: Sts Nazarius and Celcus – 28th July

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Saint of the Day: Sts Nazarius and Celcus

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Biography

Saint Nazarius’ father was a heathen, and held a considerable post in the Roman army. His mother, Perpetua, was a zealous Christian, and was instructed by St. Peter, or his disciples, in the most perfect maxims of our holy faith. Nazarius embraced it with so much ardor that he copied in his life all the great virtues he saw in his teachers. Continue reading “Saint of the Day: Sts Nazarius and Celcus – 28th July”

5 Tips for Using your Voice as an effective Behaviour Management tool

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5 Tips for Using your Voice as an effective Behaviour Management tool.

If you have worked in a school for anything more than five minutes you will have heard teachers raising their voices for all sorts of reasons. In fact you might be unlucky enough to hear the odd scream or howl coming from some stressed classroom teacher.

In my whole teaching career, I have raised my voice occasionally but only ever shouted once. I recall still today, that after I shouted, physically I was shaking and did not feel in control. We don’t want to get into those situations. Continue reading “5 Tips for Using your Voice as an effective Behaviour Management tool”

10 Top Tips for Becoming an Organised Teacher: Postscript

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10 Top Tips for Becoming an Organised Teacher: Postscript

Reflect

I always find it useful to review some study or notes I have taken a day or so after the event. It has two primary purposes: firstly to anchor the subject matter into my longer term memory, making it more likely that I will retain the knowledge, and secondly to maintain enthusiasm for taking some appropriate action. Continue reading “10 Top Tips for Becoming an Organised Teacher: Postscript”

10 Top Tips for Becoming an Organised Teacher – Part 3 of 3

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10 Top Tips for Becoming an Organised Teacher

Part 3 of 3

In this final post in our three part series, we will conclude with three pieces of advice that you can start implementing today, whilst you take a little more time to develop and practice my previous advice on having a system to get organised, and working with others, as you become more efficient and effective with your time. So, without further elaboration, here they are… Continue reading “10 Top Tips for Becoming an Organised Teacher – Part 3 of 3”

Saint of the Day: St. James, Apostle – 25th July

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Saint of the Day: St. James, Apostle

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Among the twelve, three were chosen as the familiar companions of our blessed Lord, and of these James was one. He alone, with Peter and John, was admitted to the house of Jairus when the dead maiden was raised to life. They alone were taken up to the high mountain apart, and saw the face of Jesus shining as the sun, and His garments white as snow; and these three alone witnessed the fearful agony in Gethsemane. Continue reading “Saint of the Day: St. James, Apostle – 25th July”

10 Top Tips for Becoming an Organised Teacher – Part 2 of 3

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10 Top Tips for Becoming an Organised Teacher

Part 2 of 3

 

We saw in the previous post of this mini-series that having and working a system, is a key tool in becoming a more organised teacher. But that’s not enough; in the hectic life of a teacher, demands on your time are ever present, so you need to develop a few skills in managing how to defend your precious time. So here goes… Continue reading “10 Top Tips for Becoming an Organised Teacher – Part 2 of 3”

10 Top Tips for Becoming an Organised Teacher (in 3 parts)

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10 Top Tips for Becoming an Organised Teacher

Part 1 of 3

One of the things we all could have more of as teachers is more time to get things done. It seems that there is always something or someone demanding our time when we just don’t have enough to share around. In fact, often as teachers we have piles of actionable items building up that we are responsible for on top of our core teaching duties.

Some of these might include organising excursions or camps, marking essays or exams, attending meetings, planning a new unit of work, collaborating on some project within your school site. Whatever it is, there is one thing that is clear: God is not going to increase the hours in the day to meet your work schedule. Continue reading “10 Top Tips for Becoming an Organised Teacher (in 3 parts)”