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I’m feeling motivated – chalk it up to my new tie

The newness of the new term is incredibly motivating for all in school – but while we all start off looking pristine, it soon unravels

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A few weeks into the new term, I’m still getting used to wearing a tie again. My dad taught me how to do a Windsor knot when I was 16, but six weeks without neckwear took its toll.

Day one required three attempts to get the length right. I stepped back to admire it in the mirror. With my smart new haircut and crisp new shirt, I looked like someone who would spend his day making executive decisions in the world of corporate finance. No one would guess I was going to sing times-table songs with seven-year-olds.

Closer scrutiny revealed the truth. My new tie was a gift from a former student and ...

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