Escape, ease off, and explore this summer!

The summer break is upon us at last! So, as we studiously ignore the left over paperwork and leave behind the classroom, we can begin to contemplate what to do to fill our free hours. Sleep, obviously. Then maybe tidy up that pile of Christmas decorations that is still in the corner, then a nap, followed by a nice meal out (where you can stay up a bit later as there is no school!) Here at Your Favourite Teacher, we’re looking forward to some well […]

Flipping Out Before Summer

The end of the academic year is nearly here; you can see your six weeks of freedom on the horizon.  For those who are finishing GCSE classes, you’re either saying goodbye or setting them up to start their A Levels. But what about you? You’ve worked hard all year, the exams are coming to a close and just when you think it’s safe, the powers that be mention CPD. There seem to be two ways to view CPD as a teacher. Some view it as […]

Keep It Real.

GCSE exams are coming up. Teachers are starting to lay it on thick that just relying on classwork isn’t enough and that you need to start to revise. You’re likely already sick of hearing about it. But what sort of learner are you? Do you like to be prepared and have used some of the holidays to look over your notes and flicked through the set texts? Have you convinced yourself that you work better under pressure and there’s still time? Or have you been lying […]

“A B C easy as 1 2 3?”

Is 1,2,3 as easy as A,B,C? Progress 8 and the new GCSE grading system. According to the Jackson 5, it should all be that easy. However, many parents are still getting to grips with the new grading systems that were implemented for the GCSE and A Level exams. Instead of A* to G, the system now runs 1-9. But what does this mean? In the Progress 8 grading system, students are assessed using 1 to 9, where 1 is the lowest achievement and 9 is […]

Uh-oh Spaghetti-oh

Today is the day I vanquish my demons. Today, I embrace that which has kept me up at night. Today, I tell you the real truth behind my nightmares. Imagine being so scared you couldn’t sleep, tossing and turning over and over again all because some genius chef couldn’t do maths properly. Anyway, enough of the time wasting today I’m here to tell you about something very important….spaghetti. I know what you’re thinking, “how can spaghetti keep you awake at night it’s delicious?” Well you […]

How toxic is cancel culture?

We have all, at some point, said someone was cancelled. Whether that be Jeffree Star, Liam Neeson, Harvey Weinstein, or Donald Trump. From our peers, through to celebrities, all the way up to politicians. And some of them even rightly so. But how problematic is “cancel culture” exactly? Well, let’s consider where majority of the things people get “cancelled” for come from. For the vast majority of our problematic favourites, it wasn’t something said recently and publicly, but rather a statement from years ago dug […]

The Cosmological Argument, pt2.

Before we start, this is a long one so grab a snack and something to drink for this one. Infinite Regress is the idea that the chain of causation which has sprung our universe into existence goes back for infinity, without the necessity for a maker. This is very convenient, due to the fact that infinity as we know it is very hard to grasp and visualise, therefore the never-ending chain of events would never need to be sprung into motion, for it permanently is […]

The Cosmological Argument, pt1.

The cosmological argument dates all the way back to the Aristotelian branch of philosophy, postulated by the truly transcendent philosophy OG, our main man, Aristotle. Cosmology is a region of study regarding the birth of the universe- modern cosmology is centred around the idea of the big bang, however in the days of Aristotle, St Thomas Aquinas (we’ll get to Aquinas later) it was centred around the possibility of a maker. For Aristotle, the idea that something simply is was unacceptable and unsatisfying therefore there […]

Everybody wants to be famous

Feeling like a boss, and Staring at the stars, it Doesn’t matter the cost, ’cause Everybody wants to be famous …According to the adults working in statistics anyway. But what do they really mean by this? What is it that they are really getting at? Here’s what I think: their comments aren’t ungrounded, although I think they have assumed the link of causation, a little at least. Okay, now I’m the one being convoluted – what an earth do I mean? Well, there has been […]

A brain in a vat is worth two brains in a bush.

The Brains in Vats theory, some of you may be familiar with through incredible cinematic works, such as the Matrix franchise, or even Inception. The brain in a vat theory outlines the idea that reality as we know it is uncertain. Rooted in the famous Descartes quote “I think therefore I am”, the theory presents a stream of consciousness, or thought, as the proof for identity and therefore existence, however, this is easily disproved due to the fact that if everything as we know it […]

Advanced Reading Exercise, Week #1.

Introduction to the exercise: The advanced reading exercise is going to be a weekly post, consisting of some ambiguously-worded, very vague descriptions of common objects. These will feature some higher-level vocabulary that you may not encounter in your texts daily, so do feel free to look up definitions of words you do not know and jot them down for future reference. This is exercise is designed specifically to elevate the level of your comprehensive reading, expand your vocabulary, and hopefully provide some inspiration for all […]

Infinite Monkey Theorem.

Before we get into the meaty part of this theorem, it’s important that you as an audience imagine the exact things being described, because not only is it mind-blowing, but also hilarious. The infinite monkey theorem was first jotted down by the French genius Emile Borel, but it may date back decades before Borel. It outlines the idea that, if given an infinite amount of time, a monkey* with a typewriter would have the ability to write out the entirety of the Shakespearean works, by […]

It’s just another manic Monday…

…and Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday and Friday and…you get the point. So, ‘how are you anyway?!’ You *I bet* ‘Fine thanks, just super busy!’ Just super busy…Sound familiar? In fact, I struggle to think of a time recently where this hasn’t been the response I’ve received (or given for that matter). And for the most part, I think that it is true for most people. But why? Well here’s my thoughts. It’s pretty hard these days not to be busy isn’t it? I mean, […]

Rockabye, baby, rockabye …

I think the older we get, the more we really appreciate a great night’s sleep. Having used to throw tantrums if I had to be in bed before 9pm, I now thoroughly appreciate a cosy night in, tucked up in bed by 9 reading my favourite book. However, sleep isn’t always the easiest thing to get. We could have run a marathon and may potentially still having trouble sleeping that night. Our bodies may be exhausted, but if our minds are still going 100 miles […]

I Heard It Through The Grapevine …

  ‘Honey, honey….’  We all know and certainly remember how tiring studying is. Emotionally and physically and sometimes our bodies and minds really aren’t up for sitting in book, in our room for half the day having done it yesterday and the day before and the day before that etc. Late nights, stress and missed meals will all play havoc with your ability to concentrate whilst studying. Everyone’s capacity for learning is different, but there is one certain way, to ensure your brain is ready […]

Let it go…

“Let the storm rage on…” Positivity? Yes, that old chestnut, thrown about everywhere in every situation these days. It’something we are told we need to practise in our lives on a daily basis, if we want to have a “successful, positive life and future. Hmmmm ….. Well to be completely honest, yes, there IS a hidden truth in there somewhere. But if pushing the New Faith of Positivity isn’t done in a positive manner, then it’s really only creating more Negativity. Real Positivity is not even actually […]

The Final Countdown

“and maybe we’ll come back … will things ever be the same?” The return to school after the summer holidays always will be just a distant thought for every pupil out there snapchatting, messaging, binging Netflix or heaven forbid actually socialising with other human beings! For now that’s just what it is, a distant thought. But believe me, its coming. Whether you like it or not. So if you are going back for another invigorating year of learning, you may as well be prepared. Just […]

Wake Up Boo!

“Wake up it’s a beautiful morning… The sun shining for your eyes…” Making sure you have a GOOD morning, even (especially) on a Monday… They say that the early bird catches the worm, but just how early is early? Well, Apple CEO Tim Cook starts his mornings at 3:45a.m. and it appears that amongst top CEOs he isn’t alone in being an early riser. Luckily for me, I’m not a top CEO and neither (probably) are you, not yet anyway. So we don’t have to worry […]

Wonderwall

“By now you should’ve realised what you’ve got to do …” Results day, the two words that A-level students dread. After my exams were over I just felt pure elation and freedom, it is a sensation that truly cannot be put into words. But I quickly realised that all of my hard work for the past 2 years is now over and there is nothing more that I can do. What a delightful thought that is. Waiting for my results over the summer has definitely […]

Mr Brightside

‘Coming out of my cage, and I’ll be doing just fine…’ Welcome back, to the ramblings of Miss Meeks. Once dedicated teacher until the system finally broke my soul in November 2017. I never would have thought 6 months ago when I last posted a blog that I would now be running my own business. **Queue imposter syndrome** BUT it is true. After leaving my school I had a few weeks of wallowing in my pity party for one. Then, I snapped myself into action, […]

Ciao, Adios, I’m done

November 30th 2017 As of today it is 52 days since I decided to quit my job of 5 years. Now, I couldn’t formally submit written notice until the following week, as that decision to quit was made whilst my hair was draped over a toilet bowl at 4AM on a chilly Monday evening. I was having a panic attack. Not my first but hopefully my last. It was as my vomit dipped hair was dangerously dangling around that I realised that perhaps I had […]