As a teacher I am always curious about life in other classrooms. I like to hear the inspirational tales, amusing anecdotes or just the ideas and beliefs you hold dear to you. As a result I wanted to create a regular feature on the blog where people can share their own classroom stories. So if you would like to share your classroom story, whether it is the inspirational tale, amusing anecdote or just something that’s on your mind please leave me a comment, email or tweet me! I look forward to sharing your classroom stories!
Can anyone else quite believe it is nearly the start of the summer term? At times this year seems to have gone slowly but all of a sudden we are here, April, and a few months to go. As always there is a lot left to do and I am really looking forward to the term ahead. There will be some difficult times ahead (which I will blog about another time) but I feel raring to go and look forward to seeing what the summer term brings.
Our overall focus is the Olympics but I know my class will not be able to sustain that for the term so we are going to do some work on Britain and widen it out into the Olympic world as the term progresses. I had a great discussion with my class about the topic and it was their enthusiasm for focusing in on Britain that led me to firmly choose this as a topic. It will be a wonderful opportunity to focus on local studies at the same time and my brain is slowly whirring about what to do. If anyone else is doing similar and would be up for some collaboration then please let me know!
Next I want to focus more on using technology this term. This year has been difficult so far for a variety of reasons that are difficult to explain but this term I am looking at ways to work around this. I had been worried but actually felt comforted by an overheard conversation relayed to me about a Year 6 telling an interview candidate that they didn’t do much ICT in her class but they know lots is done in mine! Bless her, made me feel a little better even though I know they do lots in her room! I think it is because I use a more wide ranging of resources thanks to my lovely twitter PLN. As part of this I need to use our school VLE more but I want to link this to a class blog but I haven’t quite worked out how to marry the two together, apart from lots of cross posting. All I know is that last year when we had a class blog the children loved it and I really want to replicate that energy.
Finally my class and I have shared some fantastic books this year and I have a back log of reviews and recommendations to make. I will get to them I promise! There is a wonderful world of literature out there and not enough time to share everything!
I love reading. I love books. I also have a little passion for reading challenges and have participated in a few over the years. After taking a break from challenges I suddenly discovered a picture book challenge hosted by An Abundance of Books. Another reason to read picture books! And an opportunity to share them with my class! Yes please! I think I will aim high and go for Level 3:)
Here are the all important details! Let me know if you join in!
- Timeline: January 1, 2012- December 31, 2012
- Select your level:
- You don’t have to select your books ahead of time, you can just add them as you go. If you do list your books in the beginning, you can always change them later on.
- Crossovers with other challenges count.
- Digital books count
- Re-reads count as long as you read them in 2012 and you post a new review for the book.
- You can join anytime”
I don’t know about anyone else but sometimes I find it difficult to keep track of links and ideas for planning and use in my Year 4/5 classroom etc. I use Delicious but for some reason it doesn’t solve my problems. So what I plan to do is to try and keep track using my blog, updating posts with links and ideas as I find them. Hopefully as an added benefit others may find the links and ideas useful.
So my topics for the Spring and Summer terms are India and the Olympics. Here I shall keep a record of anything useful for those topics. Also if anyone has anything to recommend please feel free to leave me a comment!
Faith in Art- Belair book has some good display ideas.
Contrast between Ancient and Modern India (more ideas in Belair Creative History)
I will be updating this regularly so feel free to check back!
I was finding having teaching related bits and pieces as well as baking, sewing, cooking etc all together on http://baking-teacher.com/so I have set up this little space so that I can have the teaching related bits all together. As I say in the bit at the side ———> (ish) I want this as a place to record thoughts and ideas about teaching. Also as someone passionate about books and reading (yay for being Literacy Coordinator) I will also put reviews and suggested reads on here too.
Obviously if you want to see what I have been baking then please do head over to my other blog :) I will try not to make you too hungry!
p.s. I have just imported old teaching blog posts so that everything is together.