As part of an ongoing research project at work, I asked several children about the word “challenge”. These are the responses I got and I wanted to share them with you all.


Tips for Other Bipolaroids :)

The following is taken from a leaflet I picked up my GP surgery. It was publised by the National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH) in March 2014. For more information please visit:

Try to remember these tips to help you to keep your moods stable:

Sleep…make sure you get enough

Treatment… don’t miss taking your medication

Avoid… recreational drugs, and overdoing it with alcohol

Be positive… there is lots you can do to keep well

Intervention… get help sooner rather than later

Lifestyle… follow a regular routine

Inform… yourself and your family about bipolar disorder

Triggers… learn what makes you more likely to relapse

You… can take control of your illness

These are all tips that I have learnt for myself over the past decade, but I think it’s a really useful mnemonic to help us remember what’s important when trying to manage bipolar disorder.

The End is in Sight…

…The end of term, I mean. We are all tired – the staff and the students. I cannot wait for my well-deserved six week break.

However, I am already looking forward to September; it represents a new start and a chance to truly put right the mistakes made over the previous year, and in my case there have been many.

I am now in my 4th year of teaching but I seem to be learning slower than some of my colleagues. But – and this is crucial – I am making progress. I am getting better. My classes have always done well in terms of data, but my actual lessons have sometimes been in need of improvement.SAD

This is always particularly true in the Autumn term – a time when I struggle with all aspects of my life as I believe that I suffer from aspects of Seasonal Affective Disorder. I think everyone struggles in those cold and wet Winter months but I think it affects me more than the average person. I am not trying to make it an excuse. I just know acknoewledge that I need to try extra hard at work during this time so that it does not impact on my teaching and on the children’s learning.

I also think it takes me longer than the average teacher to get used to new classes and different children to work with. Again, this is simply something that I must overcome.