I’m Sway Grantham and I am a Primary school teacher in the UK…now, what else should I say?
I have been trying to write this page for a long time. I know that the British custom of modesty may well be to blame, but I think it’s more that…I’m not sure what you want to know! I guess I’ll just go for telling you what I’d like people to say about me if you spoke to them and hope that’s ok.
Here are a selection of things that I love doing…
I also love that you have taken the time to read my blog (or at least the ‘About Me’ page) and I hope you get in touch to share any thoughts and ideas which you have, check out my ‘Contact Me!’ page.
Why do I blog?
Apparently, in life I reflect on everything. This is a realisation I only recently had and was partly brought about by a comment my husband made, but as it often is with epiphanies, it is true. This is why I blog. It gives me a focussed amount of time to think about what I’ve been doing lately, what I wanted to get from it and where I’m going next. At this point I’m hoping everything on this page is going ok, although thinking that I should probably move on to the occupational stuff.
Overall, I have been teaching for several years now and have a wide array of teaching interests. Computing, ICT and new technology have long been a passion of mine and now proves to be one of the many ‘school hats’ I wear as Computing Coordinator. This is a title I wear honourably and one that I work hard to develop, exploring the range of horizons and opportunities available to children through this medium.
Since joining Twitter (@SwayGrantham), I have been introduced to, and pursued, many new teaching interests such as: Blogging in the Classroom, Tweeting in the Classroom, Digital Leaders, iPad Pedagogy, P4C, Global Classroom Projects, Skype in the Classroom, Graphic Novels, Raspberry Pis in the Classroom and so much more!
I am interested in a wide range of teaching-related things as you can hopefully see from my variety of blog posts and I try to be open and honest about everything I have tried – whether it worked or not! I may not always get everything right, but I always have my class in mind – their learning, their wellbeing and their personal development.
My teaching experiences so far:
- I currently teach in year 5 although in the past I have taught in 3-6 and taught ICT in years 7 and 8.
- I became a Raspberry Pi Certified Educator in April 2014.
- I became an SLE in July 2014.
- I became a Google Certified Teacher in October 2014.
CPD events I’ve organised/been involved with:
- I have co-organised 3 teachmeets: Milton Keynes, Northampton and The Education Show
- I have assisted on a Technology Outdoors course
- I have assisted on a Making the Most of iPads course
- I have assisted on a Creative Computing CPD course
- I am a keen participant in the University of Northampton’s Media and STEM to STEAM groups. You can find more information about these here and here.
Networking groups I organise or co-organise:
- I have hosted a ‘Technology for All’ networking group in Milton Keynes.
- I have hosted a ‘Raspberry Pi’ networking group in Milton Keynes.
- I am co-organising a ‘Primary Computing’ networking group in Northampton to support local teachers as the new Computing curriculum is implemented.
- I have had a very minor supporting role with CamJam a networking group of people interested in using Raspberry Pi computers.
- I am hosting a Milton Keynes Computing curriculum network half termly.
Other projects I am involved with:
- 1:1 iPad research project exploring the impact iPads have on learning in Primary
- Contributed a lesson and some discussion (half a chapter) ‘Extending Computing to Meet Individual Needs in KS2’ in Lessons in Teaching Computing in Primary Schools
- Contributed two chapters: one on ‘Visible Learning’ and one on ‘Children as Researchers’ in ‘Teaching with Tablets‘
- Contributed Exemplar Annotated Lesson Plans to the Computing planning chapter of ‘Planning the Primary National Curriculum’
- Contributed some upper key stage 2 activities for Rising Stars – Switched on iPads: Science