I recently came across a 2010 article by Warwick Mansell on the TES website, explaining how an increase in "spoon-feeding" students in order to pass examinations is bringing about a rise in young people unable to cope with failure: (https://www.tes.com/news/spoonfed-students-lack-confidence-oxbridge) His research cites rising numbers of students requiring counselling services at the UK's top universities (Oxford and Cambridge). As a Cambridge graduate myself, and tutor/mentor
At the top of a mountain in the Italian Alps, I am running through the imperfect tense of the verb "to be" in Latin. eram, eras, erat, eramus, eratis, erant. The words are embedded in my memory, but it is difficult not to be distracted by the sight of rolling snow-covered mountains and colourful skiers all around me. My student writes out a verb table into his workbook, while plates of steaming pasta and delicious fried cheese balls are placed in front of us: our brain food.
On World Teachers' Day, I consider some of my favourite things about being a teacher, and think about the opportunities, friendships and understanding which it has brought to my life. 1.) I get the chance to meet so many lovely and interesting young people, who have such a positive impact on my life. Each pupil of mine has changed me in a way which may not be immediately detectable, but is, nonetheless, significant. Some have opened my eyes to a new culture or way of life, ot