In your own time - What you're discussing on the TES forums this week
A teaching assistant has been suspended for mocking a four-year-old girl (Faye McDonnell, pictured with her mother Louise) on Facebook after sending her to sit "under the thinking tree" - www.tes.co.ukTA-in-facebook-ban
Thinking Tree! That's brilliant. What next, the talking toilet? - Shalala
The media like to run stories about lack of discipline in school, but then make out that the girl should not have been made to stand under a tree for a few minutes. - Bombalayla.
This week's poll
Do you think teachers who are members of the BNP should be struck off?
For next week's topic, see www.tes.co.ukpoll
More men are applying to become primary teachers, thanks to the recession, says the TDA - www.tes.co.ukmale-teachers
- "Did you always want to become a teacher?"
No, the recession made me. - Stefefs
I expect they were attracted by the huge bonuses. - Lilyofthefield
Teachers share their favourite middle class insults, www.tes.co.ukmiddle-class-insults
Ketchup? No, it's tomato coulis. - Belledujour
You call your grandmother "nanny"? What on earth do you call your nanny? - Jacob
School trips suffer thanks to the rarely cover rule, a Commons select committee was told last week. www.tes.co.ukschool-trips-at-risk
A favourite of mine was an overnight trip to Sellafield. It was brilliant. But it became too much trouble - TCSC47.