What Advice Would You Give?

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What advice would you give a new teacher?

This is the second part of a recent interview, conducted by @Urban_Teacher, also know as teacher, trainer and ed-tech expert Mark Martin.



Martin is a passionate outstanding educator who is on a mission to inspire teachers. He is committed to providing greater opportunities for young people and is skilled in delivering bespoke training. He has just started Urban Teacher TV, to highlight good practice in ICT, technology and education.

Martin hopes to conduct interviews with various educators and is doing some great work to connect and share. Here is a recent interview with me and @Urban_Teacher conducted on Friday 17th October 2015 after school hours.



‘What advice would you give a new teacher?’ is a question I am often asked.

I always feel very flattered when educators want to meet me. I always try to spin events so that I can show off the work we do at our school and our wonderful students; when the inevitable happens and people want to meet @TeacherToolkit and not Ross McGill the deputy headteacher, I chuckle, then always arrange meetings after school hours on a Friday evening. This is what works for me, my workload and my lifestyle and reduces any impact on my work.

In this video, I discuss blogging, those new to the profession; my new school and the details behind my new book.


Below is part two of two episodes. You can watch part one here.

You can tune into @Urban_Teacher‘s TV here.

I look forward to all the other episodes published on Urban Teacher TV. My YouTube channel is here …

… and if you are still wondering, How Do I Do It? read my secret here. Alternatively, if you are a new teacher, read my seasoned advice gathered into one place in this book.

@TeacherToolkit Book Vitruvian Teacher Man Resilience Version 2


@TeacherToolkit logo new book Vitruvian man


In 2010, Ross Morrison McGill founded @TeacherToolkit from a simple Twitter account in which he rapidly became the 'most followed teacher on social media in the UK'. Today, he is currently a PGCE tutor and is researching 'social media and its influence on education policy' for his EdD at Cambridge University. In 2015, he was nominated for '500 Most Influential People in Britain' in The Sunday Times as one of the most influential in the field of education - he remains the only classroom teacher to feature to this day ... Sharing online as @TeacherToolkit, he rebuilt this website (c2008) into what you are now reading, as one of the 'most influential blogs on education in the UK', winning the number one spot at the UK Blog Awards (2018). Today, he is slowly building an online community of teachers ... In 1993, he started teaching and is an experienced school leader working in some of the toughest schools in London. He is also a former Teaching Awards winner for 'Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School, London' (2004) and has written several books on teaching (2013-2018). Read more...

One thought on “What Advice Would You Give?

  • 6th November 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Find something good about every child/young person that you teach.


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