Cath Brown

Cath Brown
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I am a secondary school maths (mainly) teacher. I’m also a “leisure” OU student studying mainly chemistry courses – you may have come across me on some of the OUSA forums, as I tend to have a lot to say for myself! My blog will hopefully add a little to your picture of the life of a teacher – it’s meant to be helpful to OU students considering or aiming for teaching. So it’ll be a mixture of an account of what I’ve been doing at work from day to day, with some general thoughts on teaching, schools and education in general.
P40B - Asian maths children in classroom
BBC Education News is reporting on the introduction of the “Asian Maths Method” to primary schools. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not against new approaches, whether they are from Asia, Mars, or the next classroom along. We should always be open-minded, prepared to experiment and to amend what we...
Mortar board, studying books, diploma
My mum always held the prospect of going to university as some sort of holy grail and I spent most of my early twenties trying to persuade her that she should go herself - broaden her horizons and extend a learning about an interest she had. But to no...
School child praying with bible
There’s an alarmist title. No, nothing going on overseas – it’s the comment last month from our Education Secretary who says schools must teach that we are “a Christian country”. I tried to calm myself down after reading the headline. OK, be reasonable, I thought – we do (much though I’d...
Child and choices
In line with the #post40bloggers twitter hour topic this week of what would you go back and tell your 16 year old self, I wonder how many of us would have changed the options we chose at school? Do you look back and consider the route your life may have...
School shoes and kit
With school course choices chopping and changing every year and teenagers often gaining social awareness through technology these days, Cath highlights how important it is for students to experience a subject that will enable them to become aware, empathetic and active citizens in the world outside of school. Niki,...
Adult learners in group work
So many great observations against (and for) group work in learning in Cath's post. I too remember hating having my creativity stifled in school having to work and depend on others for my success. And what about that tedious process of having to chase peers who wouldn't pull their...
Primary school science lab
The Accidental Teacher raises some pertinent questions about the effects of trying to squeeze too much into the primary school curriculum. Are we creating a generation of jacks of all trades and masters of none? Niki, Education Ed The BBC’s education news website is leading with the view that “science...