Warped. | ijstock

I have an email from a parent, thanking me for five years’ teaching her child. The grade at G.C.S.E. was not high – but given that the child had significant learning difficulties, as a colleague observed, it probably still represents positive value added. According to the parent, my subject was the only one at school the child had really engaged with, thanks to my teaching.

I have a second email from a pupil in the same class thanking me, as I mentioned previously, for my support when the going got tough. That pupil got an A*.

Unfortunately, an algorithm predicted that the first pupil…

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Warped. | ijstock

I have an email from the parent, thanking me for five years’ teaching her child. The grade at G.C.S.E. was not high – but given that the child had significant learning difficulties, as a colleague observed, it probably still represents positive value added. According to the parent, my subject was the only one at school the child had really engaged with, thanks to my teaching.

I have a second email from a pupil in the same class thanking me, as I mentioned previously, for my support when the going got tough. That pupil got an A*.

Unfortunately, an algorithm predicted that the first pupil…

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Disorientation | ijstock

Why am I publicly documenting my mental health problems? Partly as catharsis – but mostly because those glossy adverts for teaching enrage me so much. I think it is necessary to record the potential risks of falling for them…

A new routine has almost established itself; it doesn’t involve getting up and going to work every morning. The last four months are a blur, and I can’t quite believe that the spring flowers are already appearing. A sense of disorientation is setting in, and good though it is not to have to drag myself out of bed at an unearthly hour, it’s worrying.

There are days…

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Disorientation | ijstock

Why am I publicly documenting my mental health problems? Partly as catharsis – but mostly because those glossy adverts for teaching enrage me so much. I think it is necessary to record the potential risks of falling for them…

A new routine has almost established itself; it doesn’t involve getting up and going to work every morning. The last four months are a blur, and I can’t quite believe that the spring flowers are already appearing. A sense of disorientation is setting in, and good though it is not to have to drag myself out of bed at an unearthly hour, it’s worrying.

There are days…

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Know your enemy | ijstock

 
Have you become cynical or critical at work? ⌋
Do you drag yourself to work and have trouble getting started once you arrive? ⌋
Have you become irritable or impatient with co-workers, customers or clients? ⌋
Do you lack the energy to be consistently productive? ⌋
Do you lack satisfaction from your achievements? x
Do you feel disillusioned about your job? ⌋
Are you using food, drugs or alcohol to feel better or to simply not feel? x   …erm, well maybe…
Have your sleep habits or appetite changed? ⌋
Are you troubled by unexplained headaches, backaches or other physical complaints? ⌋…

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Know your enemy | ijstock

 
Have you become cynical or critical at work? ⌋
Do you drag yourself to work and have trouble getting started once you arrive? ⌋
Have you become irritable or impatient with co-workers, customers or clients? ⌋
Do you lack the energy to be consistently productive? ⌋
Do you lack satisfaction from your achievements? x
Do you feel disillusioned about your job? ⌋
Are you using food, drugs or alcohol to feel better or to simply not feel? x
Have your sleep habits or appetite changed? ⌋
Are you troubled by unexplained headaches, backaches or other physical complaints? ⌋

What causes job…

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Sorry! | ijstock

Quite some years ago now, I received a minor ticking-off from a senior manager because of the way I had handled a parental concern. It seemed that there had been a genuine error, and during a telephone call, I had accepted as much and apologised. Some weeks later, I had a very satisfactory and entirely productive exchange with the same person at a parents’ evening.

But when the senior manager asked me how I had dealt with the matter, I was told it is inadvisable ever to admit you are wrong or to apologise, least of all to the public. A small point, but one that has stuck with me ever since….

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