A new school year will begin for me tomorrow. It will be my 25th school year of sorts and its the part of the year that is the most reflective for me. Across the Northern hemisphere students and teachers are preparing for another academic year and this is the point at which we all set out our agendas. At least we do if we take a moment to think about it.
My aims for this year:
Survive Ofsted (As they are coming!)
Plan and deliver fantastic lessons so my students are well taken care of.
Learn as much as I can about teaching and learning in various capacities.
Put my ideas about education into a nifty blog (cough cough).
Be happy.

For my students this week is about setting out my vision for them this year. Each class is different and has different needs.
For year 11 the obvious one is GCSE preparation, for other classes it is confidence in maths skills, for year 7 it’s to grow into secondary school and for all students it is to learn and develop as young people. Part of my job is not simply to impart mathematical knowledge but also to guide my students in how to be the best people they can be. This is often a tough part of the job as sometimes one can feel under qualified in that department. I have nothing on the Dhalai Lhama. What I do have however is an unwavering passion for learning in myself and others and the firm belief that we are always learning and have the capacity to learn throughout our lives. This is what makes me a good teacher, the next step for me is to become a great teacher and that is what this blog is all about.

What I intend to do here is to reflect on my own practice and to collect my thoughts and ideas on how education can develop in the future. I hope you enjoy reading it!

the journey of 1000 miles starts with one step