What type of school do you work in?
What’s your favourite part of teaching so far?
Being a form teacher
Building relationships with my pupils
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Don’t take it personally, they are just kids.
Can you recommend a good teaching book?
Boys Don’t Try? Rethinking Masculinity in Schools
It examines the research around key topics such as anxiety and achievement, behaviour and bullying, schoolwork and self-esteem. It encourages the reader to reflect on how they define masculinity and consider what we want for boys in our schools.
Favourite tools, software, or equipment?
Who inspires you and why?
My colleagues for their resilience, energy and compassion.
When did you know you wanted to be a teacher?
In my forties, I did a maternity cover and I was hooked.
How do you unwind outside of work hours? What helps you to switch off?
Cooking with the radio on.
Melanie is a secondary school teacher based in Bradford, West Yorkshire.
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