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Dealing with not being in control

The control/vulnerability thing might seem like an odd subject for me to bring up to non-teaching folk.  Those of us who work in front of a room of strangers, however, … Continue reading

27/07/2012 · Leave a comment

More treasure

Last weekend I shared a talk about listening with you in the hope that it would help us all make the most of our holidays.  Today I’ve dug out the … Continue reading

21/07/2012 · Leave a comment

Of hearing and listening

Pastors, psychotherapists, teachers, we all do loads of it.  Then there’s bank tellers and bar  tenders, bus conductors … listening, listening, all day.  I get to the end of every … Continue reading

13/07/2012 · Leave a comment


A long time ago (when I had a child in nappies – that long ago) a student came to class and announced that this was his last session because he … Continue reading

07/07/2012 · Leave a comment

So why bother?

Well, after Saturday’s piece it’s a fair question.  Since there’s nothing wrong with us it must be the lousy job, right?  Trouble is, the job isn’t lousy.  The job’s great.  … Continue reading

02/07/2012 · Leave a comment

You are NOT the problem …. here’s why

It’s that time of year again.  Do you know what your hours are for September?  I don’t, although I do know that should have some.  I’m not alone in this.  … Continue reading

30/06/2012 · Leave a comment

Getting things in perspective

Everywhere I go at this time of year I meet people in desperate need of a holiday – my students who are sitting end-of-year exams are no exception, and frankly, … Continue reading

22/06/2012 · Leave a comment

Admin – never lose sleep over it again

I’m sure I’m not the only person this has happened to – you’re drifting off to dream land late at night. The door is locked, clothes for tomorrow ironed, you … Continue reading

05/05/2012 · Leave a comment

Do you make a difference?

We’re into the last, long stretch before the summer holidays now.  Those of us who work in school settings will be enjoying a well-earned break, while the rest of us … Continue reading

08/04/2012 · 2 Comments

Thinking about the English Language

                   Let’s face it – English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren’t invented … Continue reading

31/03/2012 · 1 Comment