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Hey Hands Up - The Blog

 

Personal learning, reflections, experiences and ideas in the area of work management, mindset and wellbeing. I might not always get it right but I hope you'll have a laugh along the way! 

Anne-Marie

 

An Introvert's Guide to Managing the First Few Weeks Back at School

My holidays are pretty quiet. My home is pretty quiet. Even my dog is pretty quiet… for the most part anyway. This is why the change from holidays to school can be a lot to handle.  

I...

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When the Rock Leaves   

 

It is natural to feel nervous before starting a new year, a new job or a new season in your life. In a past post I mentioned that nerves mean you care – and I still believe this....

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Should I Get a Tutor? 

The words that echo often when you have a conversation with a parent regarding their child’s progress at school. I have had many meetings over my years as an educator where a parent asks me...

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Toss, Save, Store and Stack

During the Christmas break I had some time off so I was able to do one of my favourite jobs - cleaning out my walk-in wardrobe. As a self--confessed shopaholic, clothes horse, fashion victim...

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What Do You Actually Want? organisation psychology

After the busy and celebratory Christmas season, we tend to strap our boots and prepare to wage war on whatever bad habit or over-indulgent aspect of our life we feel needs addressing. In comes,...

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What a Gift - Being a Teacher at Christmas Time

As a school principal I am sometimes a forgotten soul. I live in a weird 'between worlds' place of not having a class but having a school which is like my class. There are benefits and drawbacks -...

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Why Gabbie Stroud's New Book is the Perfect Depiction of School Life school culture students

A few weeks ago I was given a copy of Gabbie Stroud's book 'The Things That Matter Most' by my friend and fellow teacher as a Christmas present.

'Set aside an afternoon and a box of tissues' she...

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The Yearly Round Up celebrate reflection

There is nothing more clean cut than the end of a school year. It's kind of nice to have a clear boundary regarding when one chapter ends and another begins. 

Whilst there is a similarity in...

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Too Good of a Job?

Last year I was listening to a podcast where the host was talking about the decline in people having or wanting children.

This particular podcast host has two children and as she bantered with her...

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Loose Fences choices education leadership psychology wellbeing

Like many people I have learnt about boundaries the hard way. I have, on more than one occasion,over-booked, over-scheduled and overdone myself.  I have found myself being cranky and stressed...

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The Other F Word education productivity wellbeing

A word that kills me, a word I love, a word that explains so much and achieves so little...

 

FAFF.

 

My ability to faff about instead of getting stuff done intrigues me! I am normally...

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Preparing for Storm Season education growth wellbeing
This week I had to go through a workplace site analysis in preparation for storm season. Something that is necessary but definitely not taught when you become a teacher.

There were risk...
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