NQT buzz from the TES forums

23rd October 2009 at 01:00

Either you're on half-term or about to break up, so what better time to ditch the work conversations and take a look at some of the light-hearted chat on the TES forums?

- The issue of wristbands (or "shag bands") in schools is still a hot topic (www.tes.co.ukwristband). PeterPiper adds a bit of historical context to the discussion and reckons the brightly coloured bangles have been around in one form or another since at least 1996. "They are bracelets - nothing more, nothing less. If the kids wearing them want to attach silly labels to them, let them. I very much doubt they actually act on it."

Inspired by the wristband story, moomoom started a conversation about stupid uniform trends (www.tes.co.ukstupidtrends). It's well worth a visit to relive your school days - remember thick ties, rolled-up skirts and white eyeliner?

If you end up twiddling your thumbs over the holiday, head over to the entertainment forum. Phasmid has an addictive word game (www.tes.co.ukwordgame) in which you change a letter in a word to make a new one, so card becomes cord, and so on.

- Avid readers should check out the literary texts thread (www.tes.co.ukliterarytexts) in the English forum. Started by Tiggywinkle, this game has been going for years and is still thriving. All you have to do is match at least one word from the preceding title - for example, you would go from The Old Curiosity Shop to "Old King Cole".

- With any luck you'll have time to get some decent food inside you over the half-term break. So why not head over to the cookery forum, where you'll find recipes and cooking advice? www.tes.co.ukcookeryforum.

- Finally, if you're looking for inspiration on what to read over the break, check out our book club forum. Find out what everybody else is in to on the "What are you reading at the moment?" discussion (www.tes.co.ukwhatareyoureading).

- Get advice from experienced teachers and support from your peers at www.tes.co.uknqtforum.

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