Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Staffroom Stereotypes - Which Type Are You?: News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Staffroom Stereotypes - Which Type Are You?: News

Article excerpt

Professional development is a journey of self-discovery. To help you along the way, TES is offering an ever so slightly tongue-in-cheek series of questions that will uncover who you really are. Supportive colleague or anxious newbie? Passionate part-timer or management material? Log on to www.tesconnect.com/quiz to find out the truth.

But before you bare your soul, do you recognise this forgotten individual?

Ralph Nearly-Retired

Just as the Queen thinks that the world smells of fresh paint, Ralph Nearly-Retired believes that a pigeonhole is simply a storage device for "Sorry you're leaving" cards.

For Ralph has had more comebacks than The Who. Teetering on the edge of retirement since his first farewell bash, nigh on half a decade ago, he is seemingly taking more classes and doing more extracurricular work than he ever did in his prime. Yet as he sits in his quiet corner of the staffroom with a photocopy of The Times crossword, he's become accustomed to those "Are you still here?" double takes from colleagues.

Ralph has moved through the ages of blackboard, whiteboard, interactive whiteboard and virtual learning with increasing bemusement. …

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