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PedagogyPop QuizSecondary Education

Pop Quiz: The Horror of Exam Day

It’s exam season in my school and that means that the corridors are filled with lots of panicking faces. Every year, the last week of April and the entirety of May are given over to formal exams that provide our pupils with the qualifications that will get them into universities …

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Pop QuizSecondary Education

Pop Quiz: I’ll Throw A Firecracker At Her Face If I Feel Like It

Teaching high school students can be such a wonderful and rewarding experience. I’ve gone home from work on an emotional high so many times for so many reasons, almost always because of the delight that can come from working with young people who are, at the heart of it, good …

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Jesus Loves Me This I Know, For My Good Grades Tell Me So

It’s 8:45am and just over three hundred teenagers are sitting in an assembly hall. The youngest sit at the front and the oldest at the back, with almost everyone sporting the identical muted colours of the school’s uniform. The staff form a ring around the edges of the hall, looking …

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Pop Quiz

Pop Quiz: Final Destination Has a Lot to Answer For

I’m currently in Tokyo on holiday, so this is going to be a really quick Pop Quiz. I’m writing this during pauses in my last-minute packing frenzy, and that got me thinking about travel in terms of school trips. I’ve been on a fair few school trips, both as a …

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PedagogyPop QuizSecondary Education

Pop Quiz: Today’s Lesson Will Begin After These Trailers

Yesterday was the last day of term here before our two-week April break. It was a dress-down day, the school was quieter than usual due to quite a few pupils opting to start their break a day early, and there was a pretty cheery atmosphere around the building. The preceding …

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Pop QuizSecondary Education

Pop Quiz – Hey Sir, Are You On Facebook?

“Are you on Facebook?”   Work with teenagers long enough and this question is sure to rear its head. The answer, of course, is always “I’m not cool enough for that” and that’s usually enough to snip the discussion. In fact, most of them are depressingly eager to accept that …

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Pop QuizSecondary Education

Pop Quiz: OK Class, Everyone Collect a Plastic Penis from the Front Desk.

A couple of years ago I went through a rite of passage that is notorious with staff throughout my school. It involved a bag of condoms, a plastic penis and a room full of teenagers.   Bear with me.   We have a sex-and-relationships education programme that almost all staff …

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Pop QuizSecondary Education

Pop Quiz: That’s gay, he’s retarded, she’s a slut. Wait, what did I say?!

Spend enough time any average high school and you’re likely to hear more than your fair share of colourful language. If I stand at the door of my class room to keep an eye on corridor behaviour during change of period, I’m almost certain to hear the odd casual swear …

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Pop Quiz

Pop Quiz: Reptilians Faked the Moon Landing to Cover Up JFK

Over the years that I’ve worked in high school education, I’ve learned many wonderful things from my students. I’ve seen young people suffer horrendous personal tragedies while still remaining focused on their school work. I’ve heard the most incredible life stories from the people I least expected to. I’ve seen …

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Critical Thinking

School of Doubt is in Session!

Hello and welcome to School of Doubt, the newest sister site in the Skepchick network! I’m Alasdair and I’m the site’s admin. It’s my pleasure to welcome you and to explain a little about what’s going to be happening here. School of Doubt is dedicated to the discussion of skepticism …

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