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No room for martyrdom

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Ramblings of a Teacher

I could work harder. I could do more. I could teach better.

These things are all true. However, I could also work every hour in the day, and it wouldn’t necessarily lead to any better learning. Most importantly, it might have a negative effect. Either way, the reality is: none of us is perfect. And what is more, in a job like teaching, nor are we ever likely to be.

I have written in the past about coming to terms with this, and I think it’s an important lesson for new teachers to learn as quickly as possible: you cannot achieve everything, so live with that fact and do your best. However, in too many cases that option isn’t open to people because of the place they work.

Tonight, on Twitter, I was perhaps surprised, if not shocked, to see this policy mentioned:

I’m always concerned by any policy which…

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One thought on “No room for martyrdom

  1. There are a wide range of forms that feedback can take and some are more effective than others for particular students. I’ve found verbal and peer feedback to yield very positive results. Unfortunately, the red pen is often the simplest (or most simplistic) way for senior management to prove to parents and inspectors that feedback is taking place. All too often the red pen satisfies the senior manager but doesn’t result in a meaningful exchange with the student.

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