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DanyellasDonkey Mon 15-May-17 21:15:16

Until recently I was on quite a few FB pages for teachers where they would share ideas etc. I have now stopped following them as they make me feel so inadequate. I work in a good school, where kids learn and parents are happy with what we are doing, yet we seem to be very boring in comparison to some of these teachers.

Is everyone going around making mud kitchens, building rain forests in their classrooms and making bags of gloopy, glittery stuff? Nobody I know does stuff like this but it seems to be the norm on these pages confused

Sleeperandthespindle Tue 16-May-17 06:20:11

You have to put these things into perspective. They might have made a mud kitchen. They might be playing with glittery sand. But they're not doing all of it, all the time.

The parenting blogs are even worse, if you take them seriously. Especially if you have PND, or go to work, or have a child who doesn't want to follow the blog rule book. But they have some great ideas for the times you need them. Maybe it's the same with the teaching ones.

noblegiraffe Tue 16-May-17 07:53:51

Everyone has different strengths as a teacher and you have to play to yours. I've accepted long ago that I'm not the creative type of teacher who can come up with amazing ideas so there's no point in feeling bad about it. I'm a solidly traditional teacher who teaches from the front (secondary), explains things in a way that the kids can understand and while my lessons might not wow anyone, they get the job done. And there are kids out there who actually prefer that.

I do keep an eye on what the 'fun' teachers are up to and occasionally steal one of their activities.

Mothervulva Tue 16-May-17 07:57:10

I did stuff like that at first when I was an NQT... once I got a few years in I'd become a teach from the front. I'd imagine these people are young and fresh and possibly without a young family.

DanyellasDonkey Tue 16-May-17 22:26:27

Thanks - that has made me feel better. I guess I'm a bit of an old fart but the kids are doing fine so that's the main thing. As long as they're learning what they're meant to be, it doesn't really matter which way you teach.

We have had a trendy, all-singing, all-dancing teacher for the last few years. The kids love her, the parents hate her as the kids are not learning the basics. She has got another job so she will soon be another school's problem grin

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