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Miranda is a Primary Supply Teacher working in schools through Protocol Education in Manchester. There a hundreds of teachers blogging out there and in her latest blog Miranda shares what she gets from blogging. 


As a supply teacher, you don’t have any colleagues in r.l. No one invites you to the pub at the end of term and you’re lucky if you’re the recipient of even one conspiratorially raised eyebrow from another adult as the head runs an hour-long  KS1 assembly on Lent – apparently oblivious to 150 shuffling bottoms and the unashamed yawns, sighs and farts of the Reception kids. 

Through blogging I get to have a cohort of colleagues of the best kind – the disembodied virtual kind. The kind that don’t borrow your best whiteboard pens/ twenty quid til Wednesday or use your ideas and claim them as their own. Well, if they do, you never find out. 

These Volleagues (Virtual Colleagues) are prepared to listen to you monologging away, while nodding along with the words ‘absolutely, absolutely’ playing on their lips. To put it another way, unlike the performer on the gaudy music hall stage of real teaching, the blogger can choose her own audience. There’s also a feeling of personal anonymity to blogging too, which I find applies to all kinds of creative writing. Once the post is written, even when it’s actually by-lined to you and there’s a photograph, the thoughts seem to enclose themselves in a gorgeous magic bubble and slip away into the blue.

This is potentially dangerous stuff. You have let off steam, vented spleen, made something out of nothing, made nothing out of something, digressed, righteously indignated and exaggerated to pep things. And now, as far as you’re concerned, it’s all over. But folks are caught out every day in this way. They write, talk, and express themselves as though they’re alone in an underground cellar when their thoughts are available to everyone and anyone forever. 

Two of the pieces I have written have caused me to think more about the process of blogging. One was an impromptu obituary to a teacher acquaintance, which was full of intended respect and love but contained observations that hurt another friend’s feelings. The other, I’d rather not mention at all because it makes me look bad.

Now before  I write something in my usual frenzied stabbing attack of the key board, I try hard to stop and consider how it will make me look. What will other people might make of it? Will I be happy for these opinions to be associated with me in two years time?

Then I realise that I haven’t a clue and I blimming well press send anyway. 

Miranda is a frequent blogger for Protocol Education and she regularly makes us laugh! If you have enjoyed her blogs and would like to leave her a comment email Megan at

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