An English Teacher's Toolbox

An English teacher at a Secondary School in the UK. * Sharing and questioning the day job. * I teach KS3/4/5.
* Looking for inspiration and motivation, to share with others. * Looking to constantly improve and grow. * On Twitter at @MissBex_M *
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This blog is entirely my own interests, experience and point of view. I do not tell you or anyone else what to think. Neither do I claim to know the right/ wrong things to do.

I just share and blog.

If you don’t like it - be an intelligent human being- and don’t follow me.

It really is that simple, isn’t it?

Thanks so much to those of you who simply appreciate what I post/ say as my opinion and ideas and nothing more. You’re all great.


In a piece in Wired Magazine, writer Anne Trubek argues that our fixation on correct spelling is outdated. Trubek thinks we should abandon spelling rules and “let luce.” Wired copy editor Lee Simmons fired back arguing that these standards make communication possible.

Hi everyone,

My first week back after a half term break has been, quite simply, horrendous. The main reason for this single word description:

  • A pupil calling me a ‘fat bitch’
  • A pupil calling me a ‘f*cking idiot’
  • Having to work until after midnight, most nights, to get coursework marked and regraded
  • Getting very little sleep and thus getting many headaches

Yes. It has been delightful!

However, the weekend has enabled me to catch up and I did have an observation (during a learning walk) that went really well :)

So, next week will be better!


Dear Powers-At-Be:

Please consider a way to give me credit for the massive amount of time I spend searching the web, participating in #edchats and reading #education tumblr feeds.  While you still see PD hours as “in a meeting,”  I would like to pick up a few while watching the latest webinar.



If you have any questions, I’ll be at the coffeshop.  But I’m available by Skype. 

Welcome to my new blog about my experiences teaching English.

I teach:

  • At an ordinary Secondary School
  • In the Midlands, England.
  • Ages 11-18
  • KS3-5 (including GCSE and A Level)
  • English, English Language, English Literature

Why have I set this blog up?

Well, the day job is tough. It can be frustrating, depressing and, at times, lonely. In contrast, it can be fun, exhilarating, rewarding and enjoyable! This blog really aims to just share these moments with other people and to constantly reflect on my own practice, as well as reflect on what works and what doesn’t.

Sharing good resources, activities and ideas is just one way that teachers grow and become more effective - this is something I hope to do. If any followers do this too, it’s an added bonus.

Please message me with any questions, comments or ideas.

I hope you enjoy my blog,