guest post #36 – alex bellars – @bellaale

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I have just been reading through the already extensive list of guest posts on Martyn Reah‘s blog. I’m not sure if this is purely as a response to the incessant negativity of the Guardian’s “Secret Teacher” series, but he has invited others to join him in blogging about positive aspects of their learning and teaching lives, along the theme “sharing is caring”.

Back when I and my contemporaries were in training, in the mist-wreathed years BSM (Before Social Media), I can’t really remember doing much sharing, professionally-speaking. I do remember spending HOURS planning activities, writing plans, creating materials, drawing OHP slides, physically cutting-and-pasting bits of paper before the photocopier jammed and chewed it all up… all of this for lessons about which I had not one clue if they would actually work or not. My first classroom was an ailing decades-old “temporary portakabin”, containing the chipped booths and non-functional headsets…

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