Light & Dark

Our topic at the moment is ‘Light & Dark’, and today the kids were tasked with making descriptive poems about either the sun or the moon, to the tune of ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’. Some of the vocabulary used was amazing and built on all the research and information we’d learnt together.

Pretty catchy!

Ofsted

Today I gained a better understanding of the fear and dread that Ofsted strikes into teachers’ hearts.
It’s a natural phenomenon that turns otherwise perfectly brilliant teachers into nervous wrecks. Many of the colleagues were planning on putting in 12 or 15 hour days, all to make sure their work was in order.
I’m looking forward to the day when I get to be involved in an Otsted inspection – see what all the fuss is about!

In the meantime, made some AMAZING comic books with the kids in our Phonics choosing session, I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of children’s imagination, such good value!

Kids say the darnedest thigs

“Bed and Bradley don’t rhyme, they’re just alliteration.”

It sure is! Love that from a Year 1!

ARRGGGHH

So my transition from Uneducated Mess to Primary School Teacher has hit an inevitable stumbling block: The 3-hour Examination towards my degree. So my musings and regurgitation of links has been quiet. Sorry.

After tomorrow I will be back to me old self again!

Unless I do terribly badly, then you should subscribe to my soon-to-be-made blog: Mr Hardy: Failure

 

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Woe-pen University

I’m currently completing my final piece of work for my current module and it’s fair to say this has been the most challenging portion of my degree so far. Not because of the work load, but simply because of the horrible subject matter of pretty much the entire module. Let me give you an example:

  • Children, Poverty and Social Inequality
  • Children’s experiences of HIV and AIDs in South Africa
  • Children and Violence

I think you can agree it’s difficult to get motivated to continue reading about such subjects. Especially when some of the course materials are like a 30 minute charity appeal for aid in which they DON’T give you a number to call. You just have to sit there and analyse how these people got into this awful situation.

Bring on the modules about ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’

10 Useful iPad apps for Teaching

Stumbled across this list from a pretty interesting website called EmergingEdTech.com which you may have heard of. If you’re like me and get way too excited over gadgets and nerdy things give it a look! Especially if you have an iPad.

10 Useful iPad apps for Teaching

Schools and Facebook: Further reading.

Here’s what Mashable has to say about schools using Facebook.

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Schools and Social Media

Being a 21st century kinda guy I’ve got a keen interest in all things tech and particularly social media. Recently I’ve been giving a lot of thought to how schools can use social media to better connect with the communities they are in and keep the parents of the children that attend their school informed.

With the growth of platforms such as Facebook and Twitter it’s reasonable to assume that most, if not the majority of the parents at your school are at least familiar with social networking. My thinking is, if these people are going to be on these sites anyway, why not go to them? Utilities such as Facebook Pages would be a fantastic way to keep parents in the loop with what’s going on in class.

Take an example of a ‘Class Teacher’ page. A page that is easy to update, easy to subscribe to for parents (via the ‘Like’ feature), that’s also a good way to communicate with the class teacher outside school times either via the Page Wall or in confidence with direct-to-inbox messaging.
The topics to put on such pages are endless:
>Homework reminders/resources
>Non-school uniform day reminders
>Parents evening/sports day reminders
>School newsletter distribution
>Driving web traffic to main school site
Etc etc etc…

So it’s easy (some of the children in your school could probably do it for you), it’s free, it’s got hundreds of uses. So why hasn’t every school got on already? I know Social Media gets a bad press but I’m a firm believer in “you get out what you put in”, so if you’re sensible and sensitive to the content and make sure it’s geared to parents of the class children then it think it can only be a good thing.

I am aware of companies that offer these services but I’m sure it’s a market that is about to boom, which way to Drangons’ Den?

Kids say the darnedest things

“Are you the teacher’s son?”

“No…”

“You must be her husband then.”

Wrong again. What makes this more amusing is that I’m 23 and our class teacher is 26.