Those who can, teach and translate

I know that there are a number of teachers in our writing community who are still working full time despite the lock down.. Children of essential personnel have still been going to school, there have been online classes and currently the schools are undergoing refits so that all children can return eventually. I am sure that parents who have been home schooling this last few months will have an increased awareness of what is entailed when their two, three or four children are multiplied by 10.  Please head over and comment on Jessica Norrie’s post and also she has some good news to share about her new French version of The Infinity Pool.

Those who can, teach and translate

Did you ever go to school?

As many of you know, I was a teacher for 33 years. I posted a lot about it when I started this blog, because I was still in harness. Then I retired and with gratitude in my heart for a fascinating career that at last I was leaving (when I started I only intended to stay a few years), I blogged a farewell.

Four years later, what a lot of crap we’ve seen, and even more this week. Nurses, porters, paramedics and hospital cleaners have been refused a pay rise. They’re supposed to live on clapping and rainbows, I suppose. Teachers did get one (from existing money, so something else will have to go), and immediately teachers are blamed for it. Why have they got a pay rise? They haven’t even been in school! Lazy, workshy – and so on.

Right then, today the class task is 5 minutes silent reading which you’ll find here. It’s a heartfelt plea from a practising English teacher. Authors who read this: we need English teachers. They read our books and teach the readers of tomorrow! So head over and read her POV, please, and I want to see you back here in as soon as you’ve finished.

Now spend 5 minutes writing your answer to Susan English. How are you going to help put things right for this teacher and her colleagues? (You at the back – if we don’t get this done today we’ll all be staying in until we do!)

This possible model answer is more or less what I commented on her blog:


Please head over to read Jessica’s thoughts on this…thanks Sally


via Those who can, teach and translate

25 thoughts on “Those who can, teach and translate

  1. Thanks so much for posting Sally. I know it’s a bit off my usual subjects but one can’t write (or read!) about the same thing all the time. Although we can always talk about the weather – what has happened to our summer? It’s King Lear weather here…

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  2. That’s a great post. Teachers over here have gone from being lionized to villainized, validating my belief that you can’t live your life on the praise or criticism of others. I am concerned about how we will manage school this fall and know that teachers and parents share that concern.

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  3. …and the mother-in-law that poor English teacher has to contend with as well! My son-in-law’s a teacher, but I don’t live with them and I’m just scrolling back through conversations on Facetime hoping I have never suggested it was fun staying at home with two little children while my daughter was doing her 3 days a week with the NHS! He works in a pupil referral unit, so just getting his sixth formers to log in and engage in on line lessons was an achievement – they already have the disadvantage of chaotic home life, lost friends at Grenfell Tower and now a pandemic to cope with. Teachers always have to pick up the pieces.

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    • Yes, Grenfell was an extreme case but represents what many school staff (not only teachers of course) are dealing with every day. I went from “challenging” schools early in my career to less demanding ones after having my own children, but it was only a difference of degree. I wish your son-in-law well with the essential and mostly unrecognised or unfamiliar role he has in a PRU.

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