Bouquet of the week
Sounds unfamiliar? That's because praise for the nation's teachers isn't often heard. But here at "Friday", the new magazine from The TES, we believe in positive messages and giving support rather than applying pressure. We aim to make you feel good about yourselves and the valuable work you do.
While we have faith in teachers, we're hoping that you'll show faith in each other. In fact, we're depending on you, because every week, in association with Marks Spencer, "Friday" plans to send a bouquet to a member of staff who's gone the extra mile. We hope you'll nominate your friends and colleagues - the one who organises a maths week and makes numbers fun; the one who stages musicals with a cast of hundreds; the one who gives her wisdom freely and encourages young entrants to feel they've chosen a worthwhile career.
You (and that includes readers who are governors and heads) may want to pay tribute to a member of staff who's not a teacher but whose enthusiasm and energy knows no bounds - the caretaker who never says "no" or the school secretary who's pure gold. Please send us their names - and if we run out of flowers, you'll read about them in a regular "Friday" honours list of staff.
The New Year Honours List made a welcome change - focusing on education and bearing out the Prime Minister's words: "There are few more important jobs than teaching." Perhaps in 1998 a new climate will develop, making it easier for school staff to shed their natural modesty and feel proud of what they do - an issue we debate in our first feature "Praise and Prejudice", followed by an interview with our own Primary Science Teacher of the Year. Let's celebrate the good things that go on in schools.
Many teachers feel they haven't done a good week's work because unfinished business - mostly paperwork - overshadows the weekend. Why not start with "Friday"? In the professional field you'll find primary, secondary and subject pages (this week it's science, next it's technology) where we describe lessons that work, practice that's real, and ideas to set you thinking. On the centre spread there's The Big Picture - a fascinating image that can be used as a resource, whatever age group you teach. Don't miss Professor Ted Wragg's Teaching Tips on how to use the picture.
We've organised a review section where you'll find a critical selection of textbooks and other teaching resources, including education Web sites. For inspiration, read My Best Teacher, and finally, look after your health by turning to the Mind and Body section - this week it's on breathing techniques. Get your copy with The TES every Friday, take a deep breath and...relax.
Bouquet of the Week Names, please, on a postcard - and why - to Sarah Bayliss, The TES, Admiral House, 66-68 East Smithfield, London E1 9XY