Category Archives: Practice of Teaching

Excuse Me Please, for Just One Minute…

…why there are too many interruptions in the school day.

When I was a pupil in primary school I used to love visitors calling to our classroom. It might have been the principal distributing the “Snippets” newsletters he had duplicated on the school Gestetner, or the lady from the “Conquer Cancer Campaign” asking us to sell tickets. In my young mind they were a welcome interruption to whatever writing, or reading, listening or singing we were doing in class; they added colour to the monotony of the school day. Continue reading

Finger on the pulse

Saying a doctor “can’t take a pulse” is a vivid way to sum-up a doctor’s incompetence. What would be the equivalent for a teacher?

Yesterday a fitness to practice inquiry by the Medical Council into a doctor who had worked in Letterkenny General Hospital found her guilty of poor professional performance. Continue reading