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#16 neil mcdonald

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Posted 21 May 2004 - 06:34 PM

I joined a number of years ago in the old bravenet days. I needed the support and people were there. Since then I have come to use the forum for even more help and support whilst at the same time offering support to others. What has been said about this being a hige staffroom is a good way to look at it. I have not been as active recently but I still do the od bit of lurking so it isn't just the new members.
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#17 Dafydd Humphreys

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Posted 22 May 2004 - 08:17 AM

This is a very useful site and I'm amazed that there aren't more regular users considering there must be about 50,000 history teachers currently plying their trade on this island. Is that an accurate estimate?

Anyway - its not a cult honest - you only give 50% of your income to Guru Field....koombaya boomshanka etc
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Posted 22 May 2004 - 06:44 PM

you only give 50% of your income to Guru Field

gross or net? :lol:

but seriously, there are thousands of history teachers out there, and i am particularly surprised at how few history teachers in Wales are active on this site - so if you are reading this in the principality, register now and confuse the 'majority' with talk of ESTYN not OFSTED, and the notion of a land without SATs, a land with a friendly & approachable exam board, and a land without specialist schools :teacher: B)
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Posted 23 May 2004 - 12:19 AM

The huge issue for UK teachers is their reluctance to talk about teaching.


Do you think so? I never stop talking about teaching when I meet another teacher. (Reminder to you all to avoid me at parties)

Ive just been on two school trips and three staff members each day spent most of the coach journey discussing how we could improve our own teaching, what we loved about our school and that we'd do this even more but we dont get ENOUGH time to do it.

I think its more a lack of opportunity rather than inate reluctance - however, I have to say Im in a school with a very supportive ethos - you can ask for help fom anyone and freely admit to problems with a class or pupil without being made to feel a failure or patronised.

#20 johnmayo

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Posted 24 May 2004 - 05:15 PM

I wonder how many registered members are from outside the UK?

I am a qualified teacher in Ireland and I always wondered are there many more like me?

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#21 Andrew Field

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Posted 24 May 2004 - 09:29 PM

I wonder how many registered members are from outside the UK?

I am a qualified teacher in Ireland and I always wondered are there many more like me?

There was a topic to examine this - see http://www.schoolhis...?showtopic=1447

I'd like - as much as possible - to keep this topic on why people should sign up and join in - the aim is to use it to encourage those who haven't quite done so yet. :woo:


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Posted 26 May 2004 - 05:16 PM

I think its more a lack of opportunity rather than inate reluctance - however, I have to say Im in a school with a very supportive ethos - you can ask for help fom anyone and freely admit to problems with a class or pupil without being made to feel a failure or patronised.


You are fortunate indeed to work in such a school. It's not been typical of my experience although I would welcome it. Maybe it's my age and a degree of cynicism also.

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Posted 26 May 2004 - 10:10 PM

I do think I am lucky - although Ive not been teaching long, Ive worked in several schools over the last 15 years and Im aware of 'differences' in various staffrooms' ethos.
However - I still think that many many teachers DO wish to talk about their work, and their experiences - it is the (lack of) availability of the right environment in which to do so which stops them.

Hence my enthusiasm for the forum.

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Posted 27 May 2004 - 07:31 AM

Quite simply, any time I've had a request or problem, somebody is able to help me out. This is a community that you just wont find anywhere else. The forum's members have inspired me in my own teaching and if I were a PGCE tutor reading this I would make membership compulsory.

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Posted 23 June 2004 - 06:42 PM

The forum rocks! Quite simply that is a fact. I joined up when I began my first teaching post and haven't looked back. It feels like you have friends even though you don't actually know these people. Having said that, I am looking forward to the shp conference to put extra faces to the names I 'chat' to (not everyone has a photo posted on here inc me!).

The forum is a great way to get resources (just don't post any to me - they disappear!) and to share ideas. It's also a nice way to get your work out there for others to use. Was dead impressed when I went for my current job interview and found that the hod was using my Renaissance quiz sheet from here - proves that someone has bothered!

It should be compulsory as part of your PGCE. I think I would have developed loads more skills and ideas if I had had this as a supporting network. And besides, as a single person dept, I don't know any other historians in the area (except Matrix!).
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