It's that cold, bleak time of year again. The bright lights of Christmas are behind us; ahead looms a long winter peppered by performance management interviews and SATs preparation.
Many teachers have had enough of the pressures and the paperwork, as the growing teacher shortage threatens to turn into a crisis. So why do you carry on? It probably has something to do with those special moments when a child makes a leap in understanding, when you can almost see that lightbulb flick on above her head, or when a pupil who has been withdrawn and isolated takes a small but visible step into the world outside his own head. Reva Klein's artice, "Flights of the Imagination" (pages 10-12) tells how one project has found a way to increase the frequency of those special moments through drama. Children who are "different" don't have to conform to feel included; others can be brought into their special world instead.
Difference can be a positive thing, but not when other people's attitudes are working against you - as many left-handed former-pupils can attest. On page 22, David Newnham shows how to avoid turning this interesting trait into something sinister. And finally, on page 45, Jack Kenny shows how teachers are transforming ICT practice by thinking differently.