Category Archives: anxiety

Ahh! March, 2017. And our thoughts turn to . . . (a) Autumn (b) Naplan (c) Easter (d) All the above.

Well, probably (b) is the one front of mind at the moment. But SHOULD IT BE?

Pressures abound on teachers — from co-ordinators, from the administration, from the curriculum gurus, from parents, from the community.

All wanting the best for students. And the best for the school.

Teachers need help. And support. And inspiration. And mentoring.

And — time to think, time to relax and enjoy their careers, their hopes, their families, their hobbies.

So . . . as the psychologists would probably say — “Give yourself a break!”

Go on, spoil yourself a little this week — and EVERY week.



Teachers — the oldest trick in the book!

Back in the “olden days”, the Teachers’ Union used to give some sage advice to teachers just starting a new year in the classroom.

The advice was especially pertinent to teachers of Infant classes, but in reality applies to all primary school teachers everywhere.

And the advice is simple . . .

When a child gets home at the end of that first school day, the first question a parent will ask is, “What did you learn today?”

So . . .

EVERY TEACHER should ensure that the first day at school includes a song, a poem, a joke, a limerick, a simple maths fact — ANYTHING that will PROVE to a loving parent that school is a great place of learning.

And if you happen to be a bit short of ideas, then go to our website at and request our FREE 3-week maths worksheet trial, which we’ll deliver pronto to you via email.

Remember, first impressions are crucial! Make them GREAT impressions.

Have a GREAT first day at school this year — 2016!

Hands Up if you think that “Hands Up” is an Offensive Classroom Practice!

Sometimes the sheer STUPIDITY of an idea seems totally incredible!

Hands up if you agree!

Oh, dear, some of you haven’t raised your hands.

Are you uncertain of the answer? Are you anxious about it? Is it inducing depression?

Apparently so!

The latest deep and meaningful idea to hit the world of education suggests irreparable damage to the psyche of students by sheer public humiliation. How? By asking students who KNOW the answer to NOT put their hands up, so that those who DON’T know the answer don’t feel like second-rate classroom citizens.

Is THIS what we’ve come to?

How very pathetic!

What an insult to teachers Australia-wide!

Teachers, you see, are clever people. Perceptive people. Sensitive people. They understand the students in their classroom. They know when to push for an answer, when to glide around a student to avoid embarrassment, when to push and push and push to challenge a student to extend himself or herself.

Teachers, I repeat, are clever people.

Let’s give them the ENORMOUS credit that they deserve.


Hands up if you agree!