First blog post: Why challenge yourself?

“Urgh Miss, this is so looooooooong!”

“Why don’t you just tell us?!”

“Do we really have to do this?”

Sound familiar? It’s pretty natural for us human beings to want to take shortcuts – the path of least resistance. So why is it we teachers keep talking about stretching and challenging yourselves?

Well first of all, let’s talk about brains.



No, not like that. Brains like this:

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Your brain isn’t a muscle – but it behaves like one. The same way that you can get better at stretching and jumping by, well, stretching and jumping, you can get better at writing, maths, French and any other subject by practicing that subject.

Be careful though. Practicing something the wrong way 1000 times is just going to make you really good at doing that thing the wrong way. Make sure you’ve got the technique right – then make it part of what you do. Read quality books, practice using maths and science formulas, listen to German, Spanish or French native speakers on youtube, ask your teacher for more challenging work…decide what it is you want to get better at, then go at it!

Before you go, watch this video – and leave your thoughts in the comments below!


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