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Sharing Classroom Stories

8 Apr

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!

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Summer Term Is Nearly Here

7 Apr

 

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!

 

 

Lovely Links of the Week

31 Dec

A end of year reminder of why this job is amazing!

As someone who spents a lot a little time on the internet I often come across lots of lovely links to do with books and education in general. I thought I would try and start sharing them here for people in a weekly feature I will imaginatively call ‘Lovely Links of the Week.’ If you can think of a better name please do share in the comments box!

Anyway here are some of my favourite links of the week.

After all the discussion recently about Ofsted and the changes the education system are facing this blog post made me giggle/sigh. Find out the leaked Ofsted criteria for how a teacher should dress 😉 Thank you to Rob Anthony and @SchoolDuggery for posting on Twitter.

Here is a nice reminder about the main news of the year in the Children’s book world from the Guardian Children’s Books site.

The lovely ‘Playing by the Book’ used these Harry Potter inspired potions ideas with her girls but they could be adapted for use in the classroom!

I have to confess I enjoy reading everything @Joga5 posts on his blog and this discussion on plenaries is no exception.

I just love the sound of this book by Susanna Leanard Hill as discussed by ABCs of Reading blog.

This post by Kathleen Morris on her One World, Our Stories project really got me thinking about trying something similar.

This was a nice Christmas idea that I wish I had found earlier. ‘What the teacher wants!’ offers a great idea for children applying to be elves.

Well that is it for this week! I hope you find something that interests you! If you have a link to share please feel free to leave it in the comments.

Kelly/ classroom stories

An Explanation

2 Aug

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!

bakingteacher

x

 

p.s. I have just imported old teaching blog posts so that everything is together.

Adventures of the last week- Zombies and Tudors

10 Jul

The past few weeks have been a haze of work, work and work! The end of term is near so there has been final assessments, reports, open evenings etc to organise and sort. However there have been two lovely things to happen in the past week (one school related and one zombie related) and I just wanted to share some pictures.

This week we went to Kentwell Hall as part of our topic on the Tudors. I had never been before but heard many good things and have to say it was a fantastic day! It was long and tiring for the kids (and me!) but we got so much out of it. They really immerse you in the life of the Tudors in 1553.

The Hall itself was beautiful, even more so on the sunny day we experienced.

 

Peacocks just strolling around. (Do peacocks stroll?)

Even on a school trip I found some needlecraft to enjoy!

I love this picture of the kids walking through the gardens!

 

All in all a wonderful day and a highly recommended place to visit.

 

My other exciting event was the Zombie Secluded Tea Party hosted by the incredibly lovely Miss Sue Flay from The Secluded Tea Party. Read her brilliant blog for more information about the Tea Parties she hosts. I have always had a thing for zombies and also have been wanting to go to one of her tea parties for ages so when this one came up it was only a few moments before I was expressing my interest! The lovely Mr BakingTeacher came with me and we had a super night. Miss Sue Flay created a fantastic evening from start to finish. Let’s just say I can still hear the sound of the chainsaw days later…

 

Myself and Mr BT had equipped ourselves with a rounders bat but others had created the most amazing zombie costumes that put us to shame!

We also met Sean T Page a ‘dedicated zombie survivalist and blogger’ who was wonderful to chat to. He also held a zombie related quiz and we purchased a sign copy of his book in order to help us be prepared for any zombie related incidents in the future! We were also treated to a film, tea and cakes by Miss Sue Flay…

..and yes you should be jealous. They were lovely. And looked fabulous!

 

 

 

Half Term Happenings! To Do Lists, decluttering and of course books and baking.`

29 May

A great building in San Francisco which is where I would much rather be this holiday.

However I am not so…

 

back to reality! As much as I love teaching it is nice that it is half term this week. However I have got lots to achieve this week so I thought a little half term ‘To Do’ list would help me keep on track. Then, next weekend you lovely lot can hold me to account if anything is not done!
School Related

1) Reports- I want everything but my ICT finished by the time I go back to school (how many teachers have this on their list this holiday?)

2) General planning and marking. Yes I know it’s cheating having it as one item but it’s my list!

3) Start making the book orders for restocking our library.

4) Start thinking about my topics and themes for next year.

5) SPARE- there is bound to be something I forget!

 

Other adventures

6) Finish the cross stitch that has been in progress since the Easter holidays.

7) READ!! (As if this even needs to be on the list!)

8) Cook scrumptious dinners and do lots of baking.

9) Read. (Sorry had to slip this in twice)

10) Declutter. Yes the dreaded ‘D’ word. I don’t know whether it is because I am a teacher or whether it is a family trait but I have a lot of stuff. So today marks the start of my decluttering year! Each day I am going to declutter one thing from our house, recycling and being good for the environment obviously!

 

Do you live by lists like me? If you are a teacher have you managed to keep your ‘To Do’ list short this holiday? And anyone want to join me in the great decluttering challenge? Go on, you know you want to!