A reflection on advice for NQTs

August 5th 2012

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I have recently been browsing the blogs offering advice for NQTs when I came across this one: http://teachingbattleground.wordpress.com/2012/08/02/how-to-destroy-nqts/. This one particularly caught my eye as my thought process evolved so much through the process of me reading it. It begins by introducing the article here: http://lisajaneashes.edublogs.org/2012/08/01/getting-your-behaviour-right/ this article describes a secondary school class who move… Continue Reading.

The end of the first chapter…

July 20th 2012

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So it is now official, I have seen my report and I have passed my final assessment. I am no longer a ‘Newly Qualified Teacher’, I am a fully qualified out there alone teacher. Interestingly Milton Keynes LEA, who run one of the NQT induction schemes in the area, have this year extended the courses… Continue Reading.

The life of a teacher

July 18th 2012

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After Global Classroom chat this week Laurie Renton (@RentonL) wrote this fantastic blog post about the life of a teacher (see it here: http://laurierenton.wordpress.com/2012/07/14/work-a-four-letter-word-for-many-but-not-me/). The main gist of it explains how being a teacher is more than work, it is a lifestyle and there are those that ‘get it’ and those that ‘don’t’. I absolutely… Continue Reading.

Global Classroom chat

This July was the first time which I had heard about Global Classroom chats on Twitter. These are a series of chats which are hosted at times appropriate to the various timezones around the world. The first chat I participated in was Canada, USA and UK and the topic was ‘Blogging as a Vehicle for… Continue Reading.

The monsters come to town…or at least to class…

July 16th 2012

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After reading a blog post by Martin Burrett (@ICTMagic) about his ‘Friendly Monsters’ (see here: http://blog.classdojo.com/index.php/324/) I was excited to try Class Dojo’s website a try for a new way of behaviour management in class. Here’s how it works. The teacher creates a Class Dojo account and then creates a ‘class’ I started with my… Continue Reading.

Whole School Blogging – the next step

After a successful introduction to blogging for year 4 (see blog post: here) we have decided to extend blogging throughout the school. This will be the first major ICT initiative recently and will be a challenge for some members of the staff but I think it is important to ensure equal opportunity to children across the… Continue Reading.

When the learners are in the lead

July 13th 2012

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As we are nearing the end of term we are currently having a lot of disrupted lessons due to school production rehearsals and other end of term events that are requesting the children. This then leaves us with a smaller group of children and some freedom to try what we would like to in the… Continue Reading.

Completely lost with classroom displays? Help is at hand!

July 12th 2012

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Personally I have never been that great at classroom displays; I do not have the creative flash that is needed to make them ingenious. Over the time I have been trying to put something vaguely more interesting than just printing resources from Twinkl or Teacher’s Pet. Please don’t get me wrong, these are fantastic sites… Continue Reading.

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Contributed four lesson plans surrounding embedding the use of tablets to enhance learning in Science for Switched on iPad: Science

Teaching with Tablets

Contributed two chapters titled ‘Visible Learning’ and ‘Children as Researchers’ in Teaching with Tablets

Planning the Primary National Curriculum

Contributed some annotated lesson plans to model what to consider when ‘Planning Computing’ in Planning the Primary National Curriculum

Lessons in Teaching Computing in Primary Schools

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

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