Stitch Education is launching in Hull

The news is out! As of September this year, I’ll officially be launching Stitch Education, a new course for schools which will see creativity being celebrated through arts and storytelling. I spoke to Laura O'Donnell, who runs Really Hull, to tell her about the project. You can see the original article here: http://www.reallyhull.com/2015/06/11/people-laura-smith-stitch-education/ We caught… Continue reading Stitch Education is launching in Hull

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Back to school tips for teachers

It’s been five weeks and four days since the school holidays began, and approximately five weeks and three days since the Back to School adverts began. But thankfully, thoughts of actually going back have only just started to arise. I went and got myself another job in a school. I’m doing more or less the… Continue reading Back to school tips for teachers

Fewer detentions and more smiles. What’s going on?!

The half term break was nice. I think. I don’t really remember it. The questions ‘was that really only last week?’ and ‘did we actually have a break?’ have been stuck on a loop at school since Monday, but thankfully, I can say it is nice to be back. To keep things going in a… Continue reading Fewer detentions and more smiles. What’s going on?!

Light at the end of the school corridor

I’m still alive, just. My blog, along with most other non-work related things in my life have gotten used to a bit of abandonment lately, but enough! I’ve had my first pay day and amongst a few (several) small treats I bought for myself was a new charger cable for my laptop that has been… Continue reading Light at the end of the school corridor

My first week as a teacher

Well, I’ve done it. I’ve survived my first week of being a teacher! Well, I haven’t actually taught anyone yet. The school I work at has had a full week of training and the real work begins on Monday, but already I’ve had reality check after reality check and I feel like I know close… Continue reading My first week as a teacher

So I’m going to be a teacher

So I’m going to be a teacher. This isn’t new, I’ve known for so long that I can’t really remember when I was offered the job. May, possibly. But it’s just sunk in. In two weeks I’m going to be solely responsible for the education of a group of 11 year old children. All of… Continue reading So I’m going to be a teacher

Teaching literacy without censorship

Until recently I worked in a secondary school library. During my last few weeks as a librarian, a Year 7 student approached me with a concern over swearing in a graphic novel. They were concerned that others their age were being given access to materials containing words they are taught not to use themselves, and… Continue reading Teaching literacy without censorship