Have you seen this pencil case?

So this term in literacy we are doing Lost and Found. I wanted to start off with a WOW to give the children all the experience and language that they will need to fully approach the text. So on Tuesday I ‘lost’ my pencil case; I am always misplacing this in class so it was very believable for this children! But this time it wasn’t in the classroom everyone looked for it and I expressed my emotions to the children eg. I’m starting to panic, getting upset and worried.

We then discussed what people do when they lose things-. We said a prayer to st Christopher that my TA told us that her gran used to tell her to say when she lost something and one of the little Muslim children told us what her mum tells her to pray so we did that too! Eventually we came round to the idea of a lost poster and did a shared write of one before making individual ones yesterday.

Today we went around school putting them up, the kids loved this and assured me that this would work. You know what, I have a feeling that they are right 🙂

I’m excited to see where the kids will take us next with this!

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Blogs for the Week Ending 6th September 2013

Wednesday was going well…

Exhausted but content I mused, ‘Today has been a good day’ as I stepped out of school. In the 10 steps that takes me from the door to my car I had ended up flat on my face, a huge scag in my tights and a smashed brand new IPhone 5.

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‘Has the God of Teaching cursed me for leaving 10 minutes before kick out time,’ I couldn’t help but ponder. Anyway, I dusted myself off and put it to the back of my mind as I set off home.  I walked through the door and related the tale to my partner and started to tear up, ‘I really am wiped out,’ I thought.

Starting dinner seemed the best thing to do to keep my mind off it so I opened the cupboard to a cascading waterfall of spaghetti tumbling into my open arms. I stood there in shock, you know that moment when you just don’t know whether to laugh or cry? Well I began to do both for what I believe to be the first time in my life, I can now honestly say I truly understand that feeling of utter despair and instantaneous hilarity at ones own misfortune. My partner scooped the spaghetti out of my arms saving them from destruction and into the pan; the result of which is sure to give you a giggle when picturing the moments before.

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I had said to a colleague earlier today that if I kept going at this pace something was going to give, I just hadn’t realised it was going to be my own body and sanity. Time to take the foot off the pedal a little perhaps?

First day back…

After trying to get my new classroom ready over the summer I still hadn’t got it perfect when the big day came.

Today the kids were back and my classroom wasn’t up to my own standards, that being said the room worked pretty well… Thinking about it I should’ve taken pics of my continuous provision areas and posted them here so I’ll do that tomorrow (must’ve been too busy or something, fancy that).

Anyway, the day ran fairly smoothly (disregarding the fire alarm going off unplanned just before lunch of course, no Ict in my room whatsoever till later this week, my outdoor area unfinished, oh and my ASD child not having any 1:1 support yet).

But however much I tried to prepare myself that my new class wouldn’t be the little angels my last class. were by the end of last year (rose tinted lenses?)I was still surprised by how loud they were, I’d completely forgotten how loud they are fresh from reception! That being said they are a thousand times better than my last class was at the start of last year. So with that in mind in shouldn’t take as much work with these to get them where I want them 🙂

How to prepare for the PGCE

Another post relevant to starting PGCErs 🙂

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When I applied for my own PGCE course I left it rather later and had my interview in July. So by then the university had sent me everything in one package that they had sent to everyone else in dribs and drabs over the year. Obviously I had a lot to do and very little time to do it. However if you have been accepted for a PGCE course around this time of year, you have plenty of time!

That being said, if you are anything like me and sadly enjoy preparing and feel like a nervous wreck sitting around letting time idly pass by then here are a few things that you will find beneficial. Do these and you’ll be top of the class 🙂

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The first thing you will want to do if you haven’t done so already is register with http://www.tes.co.uk/. It’s free and has fantastic


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S’along Summer

The summer holidays are drawing to an end and the pre-term jitter nerves are already beginning to surface. That being said I am looking forward to getting back to school.

 

I wanted to take the time to post a blog, since I’ve been pretty blog inactive all summer, about what I’ve been getting up to. If you regularly read my blog (a big thanks to those who do btw!) then you may remember a post a while ago about an interview back in April http://wp.me/p1M2a7-4X. I never got back to posting about it but I got the job 🙂 I have been spending 3 hours a day working in a youth centre as part of the Blackburn with Darwen YPS Summer Scheme. It has definitely been an experience working with 9-16 year olds as opposed to main 5-6 year olds. However, ultimately it has been a worthwhile and enjoyable one.

 

Discipline outside of a school setting is a totally different ball game I have realised but once you establish a good working relationship with the young people and are firm and fair they are generally OK and will listen! It has on the other hand made me appreciate the position I am in as a class room teacher; I could definitely not be a Youth Worker on a full time basis. They are owed a massive credit for the work that they do.

 

We (myself and the other workers) did have a lot of fun this summer getting the young people involved in a number of activities. Here, take a look:

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Although I must admit it was difficult to capture their interest and get them involved with anything! We also made bracelets, which was a big hit, had pool tournaments, table tennis tournaments, Xbox tournaments, played with a giant inflatable ball and a variety of sports.

 

All in all it was a pretty rewarding and enjoyable summer 🙂

 

 

How to Survive the PGCE

As this is becoming relevant as many people are about to embark on their PGCE journey I thought it was worth posting it again 🙂

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There is no two ways about it the PGCE is a tough and stressful course and not for the faint hearted! Everyone had told me how difficult it was going to be but through planning and preparation I didn’t find it so bad. Sure there were days I’d cry with exhaustion but seriously you can get through it and it is worth it (hey, you might even enjoy it!).

You’ll find yourself back in university type lectures with a heavy workload, I had come straight out of my undergraduate degree and so this wasn’t a shock to the system to me. Although some of the more mature students did find it difficult.

This first survival tip is common sense: KEEP ON TOP OF EVERYTHING. Simple to say but very easy to forget to do when you’ve so much going on. You’ll have research to do, “homework”, and don’t forget the Masters


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Brushing up on my HTML!

With coding being at the forefront of the Computing National curriculum I decided to cast myself back to my ICT A Level where we learnt a smattering of html. I’m pretty pleased with the result, it’s basic but also simple enough skills to transfer to school, please take a look:

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I’m going to put it forward to the head that perhaps I could deliver a coding club at school to some of the older year groups where they can design their own website on whatever subject interests them. Then with some basic html they can make their own website. I’ll keep you posted anyhow!

Think  I may make a few more of  my own to make sure I’m up to scratch myself 🙂

HTML is actually pretty simple to do you can use notebook on your computer or download free software notebook++.  I started on notebook then downloaded the free software which is intuitive and makes it easier to spot the mistakes in your coding.

A great place to start if you fancy a crack at it yourself is http://coding4kids.co.uk/tutorials/

I used these videos myself for things that  I needed a little reminding of how to do. It’s straight forward and simple to follow and  I would definitely recommend it 🙂