The most wonderful time of the year to be a teacher?

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School at Christmas time must be a joyous place to work, everyone – perhaps rightly – presumes. What could you possibly have to complain about?

Let’s start with the differences between teaching and the “real world”. Everybody finds the grey and wet weather at this time of year a drag. Work in an office and you’ll probably find it a bit disappointing not to be able to get out for a lunch in the park like you did all summer, but that’s nothing like the chaos of having your classroom overrun by cooped-up juniors desperately trying to make the tallest Jenga tower.

Then there’s the Christmas ...

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