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Forget about the kids – as a teacher, you’re packing a lunchbox for yourself every day. Your friends in corporate jobs might have access to a great office canteen and free cappuccino, but as a teacher, you’ve got to make your own lunchtime fun. There’s no time in a 30- to 45-minute recess to eat lunch at a restaurant, so your cooked meals are limited to what’s available at the school tuck shop. In the best case scenario, that probably means a scalding hot chicken pie or a packet of greasy slap chips.   But it’s not all that bad....

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4 ways to stop bullying in its tracks! We all know that horrible, helpless feeling of seeing a child being bullied. When we encounter it, we hope that it’s an isolated incident. Unfortunately, research shows that often it is not.  Approximately one in three children report being bullied at school. And the effects are paramount: Anne O’Brien, deputy director of the US-based Learning First Alliance, writes that bullied students are more likely to take a weapon to school, get involved in physical fights, and suffer from anxiety and depression. Their grades suffer, and “research suggests that schools where students report a more...

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You probably didn’t think: “I want to earn a big salary or I want to work from 9 -5”, so I’m going to become a teacher!”  Some of you just knew that you wanted to teach from the first time you set foot in a classroom. Maybe you were one of those five year olds who scribbled on miniature chalkboards and waved an imaginary -or real- ruler at your stuffed toys, or even your friends, family and siblings. For others, it could have been a variety of circumstances. You studied maths or psychology or geography, and then kind of fell...

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