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#Highlights21 from WomenEdEastern
Flora Burt
General Blogs
By Flora Burt  @MrsB_FCCT    Network Leader @WomenEdEastern       2021 has been a challenging year for all. However, it was also the year that I became a Network Lead for WomenEd and connected with a truly inspirational group of women in education. In recent years, I had engaged with WomenEd, howeve...
#Highlights21 from Taiwan
Jess Gosling
10% Braver
By Jess Gosling @JessGosling2 Network Lead @WomenEdTW As we near to the end of 2021, I was pleased to be given the challenge to record my highlights this year, including how I have been #10%Braver and what I have achieved. A sense of confidence and realisation of 'self' Through my writing, which includes articles for Diverse Educators, WISEducation...
Reflections on #Highlights21
Nancy Lhoest-Squicciarini
General Blogs
By Nancy Lhoest-Squicciarini @NancyinLux1 Although COVID-19 had a dominant presence, January 2021 started with a festive dinner with my family. Yet within weeks, I experienced the greatest loss, the death of my father. He was a man of great wisdom and strength … a no-nonsense type of man. I kept his death private because I did not have the words to...
2021: How have I been 10%Braver?
Dr Jill Berry
10% Braver
By Dr Jill Berry @jillberry102 After I contributed a chapter to the first #WomenEd book in 2019, we were asked to film a short video of ourselves holding the book, wearing the 10% Braver tee-shirt and explaining how we had been brave and what we might do if we were braver still. I said I'd been brave when I completed my doctorate and wrote a book a...
My #Highlights21
Philip Wharton
10% Braver
Philip Wharton FCCT @pkoeln1980   2021 has been one of the toughest years I have known. Shifting regulations, absences, worries amd stresses all added to the usual maelstrom of running a school.
What makes an “ideal” English teacher?
Punam Mohandas
Diversity
By Punam Mohandas @PunamMohandas   We cannot ignore the fact that ‘Whiteness’ has fast become a contentious issue when it comes to discussing an ideal English teacher in Asia. Do educational institutions tend to ignore a teacher’s competency over ethnicity/nationality? This is one of the questions that I sought an answer to from the students themselves.
The Journey to becoming Flex Friendly
Caroline Doherty
Flexibility
By Caroline Doherty @_C_J_B   Dear Headteacher, If I were to offer you a simple way to get you a more diverse, skilled, happy and engaged workforce with greater levels of wellbeing, you’d say it sounds far too good to be true! However, when I chaired a webinar on Flexible Working in partnership with the Department for Education and Teaching Va
Women, like men only cheaper 2021
Vivienne
Gender Pay Gap
by Vivienne Porritt @ViviennePorritt   I write an annual blog about the #GenderPayGap in education, using the date of Equal Pay Day in the UK. From this day, most women are working for nothing for the rest of the calendar year because they earn less than men. In 2019, Equal Pay Day was 14th November and in 2020 it was on 20th November. This year it is November 18th which confirms we have moved backwards during the pandemic. Change is clearly not secure, and the pace of change is too slow.
WomenEd Thailand Career Clinic
Jacqui Brelsford
General Blogs
by  Jacqui Brelsford @BrcounsellorJ On Saturday 23rd October, WomenEd Thailand hosted its first ever international career clinic! Women from around the world shared their expertise, advice, cheerleading, and general awesomeness with aspiring leaders in education. As one of the WomenEd Thailand Network Leaders, it was my responsibility to live-tweet the event and my fingers could not keep up with all the brilliant things being said. Here are my top takeaways in short bitesize tweets:
Being 10% Braver means Owning Our Strengths
Jacqui Brelsford
10% Braver
by  Jacqui Brelsford @BrcounsellorJ Asking someone to nominate me for an award is probably one of the most uncomfortable things I could do. Putting myself out there is not something that comes naturally. My education was one of criticism and abiding by the archaic, strict rules of jaded teachers who didn’t know any better, and the shame of getting something wrong or being judged has stayed with me my whole life.
WomenEd Bookclub: Hello. I am talking
Kerry Jordan-Daus
Gendered Stereotypes
by  Kerry Jordan-Daus @KerryJordanDaus I have been reading Mary Ann Sieghart’s The Authority Gap (2021), the stories of expert, talented, successful women, occupying a wide range of powerful leadership roles, recounting their lived experiences of being treated as a ‘Miss Nobody’, silenced, ignored and disrespected despite their clear expertise, intelligence, brilliance.
Encontrar el permiso para ser creativo
Maria
General Blogs
by Maria @CreativityMrs Hay muchos obstáculos para la creatividad. Antes pensaba que no tenía tiempo, ni tenía las cosas, ni la inspiración. Busqué por internet y en las revistas y me dejo tan completamente abrumada que no sabía cómo empezar – y por eso, no empecé. Reflexioné sobre si mi falta inicial de creatividad no se basaba en los obstáculos que se me  ocurrieron, y por eso no le hice. Las actividades creativas que deseaba tener, a menos que se reconocieran, parecían ser una enorme pérdida de tiempo. Pensé que a menos que estuviera creando un ejemplo para que los niños lo usaran en mi clase, era un ejercicio inútil.
Finding the permission to create
Maria
General Blogs
by Maria @CreativityMrs  There are many obstacles to creativity. I used to say to myself that I didn't have the time, or the resources nor the inspiration. Trawling through countless websites and magazines would leave me completely overwhelmed, that I didn't even know where to start—so I didn't! I wonder if my initial lack of creativity wasn't based on the obstacles that I came up with, but with the thought of permission. The creative pursuits I wished to have, unless validated, seemed to be a huge waste of time. I thought that unless I was creating an example for the children to use in my classroom, it was a pointless exercise. And yet, I was encouraging others to be creative, but not giving myself the permission to do the same.
Ethical Student Behaviour in Online Learning
Punam Mohandas
General Blogs
by Punam Mohandas @PunamMohandas One of the most common scenarios the unexpected COVID-19 situation created globally was to propel students into cyber classrooms, as online learning became the new order of the day. Although e-learning is certainly not new, it has become a more sought-after and viable proposition in recent years as students combine higher studies with simultaneously holding down jobs. However, apart from throwing up several unpalatable prospects such as the lack of face-to-face interaction with teachers and peers and lack of student engagement and motivation, e-learning also highlights unethical student behavior like cheating, plagiarism, or taking help from parents or friends in order to complete assignments.
Increasing female participation in educational leadership: why we should and how we can.
Imogen Senior
Representation
by Imogen Senior @MrsSeniorStBens1 When I offered to speak at the #WomenEdEastern unconference on 23rd September, 2021, I hoped that I had something to offer. I have been a headteacher of a secondary school of 900 students for over two years and have been teaching for 20 years. I have three children (now aged 13, 10 and 5). I worked part-time for 18 months after my third child, returned to work full-time after four months after my second child and applied for, interviewed for, and was appointed to my first senior leadership post whilst 36 weeks pregnant (also with my second).
Skin
Caroline Verdant
Diversity
by Caroline Verdant @cazyv Must you see the colour of my skin?Does it change the fact that I want to win!What is the goal? What is the prize?If the colour of my skin is my demise!

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