Classroom Practice · RQT

Maths Reasoning: ‘I Noticed That…’

Let's be honest: I feel a fragment of my soul wilt away every time I see a child completely disregard key information in a reasoning question. Throughout my one and a half years teaching maths reasoning, I have tended to just feel frustrated until I point out the crucial piece of information to them so… Continue reading Maths Reasoning: ‘I Noticed That…’

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Mindfulness and Meditation – Teaching Pupils Wellbeing Techniques

Let's get one thing straight: the children's health and wellbeing are paramount. If they leave my class at the end of the day smiling and content, that's a win. There's always another chance to practise multiplying pairs of fractions, to use apostrophes correctly or to improve that painting technique...but they should never pass up the… Continue reading Mindfulness and Meditation – Teaching Pupils Wellbeing Techniques

Classroom Practice · Reading For Pleasure · RQT

“This Was The Best Day Ever”

These six words were uttered out of a child's mouth on Friday afternoon so I thought I'd record and share what had happened that day: We were coming to the end of our Learning Journey week. This is a week off of our usual timetable (pfft..what does that even mean!?) in which we provide our… Continue reading “This Was The Best Day Ever”

Classroom Practice · Reflective Practice · RQT · Wellbeing and Staff Morale

The Power of Twitter For Educators

Twitter has been one of the most invaluable sources I have utilised during my time as a teacher so far. It's intuitive, dynamic and best of all - it's free! Here are just a few of the benefits I've reaped by using Twitter:   Sharing My Practice I've been able to share my own practice… Continue reading The Power of Twitter For Educators

Classroom Practice · RQT

Talk For Writing – What I’ve Learned

Talk For Writing, pioneered by literacy idol Pie Corbett, is an approach designed to predominantly develop children as writers and foster a true love for writing. It's backed by great testimonials from teachers and pupils. A number of case studies also provide reliable data as to the positive impact it has on children's progress. This… Continue reading Talk For Writing – What I’ve Learned

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Taking The Spring Term In Your Step

Spring Term. It's dark when you arrive at work. It's dark when you leave work. All the Christmas cheer has subsided. The festivities are over. With these factors in mind, it's all too easy to become consumed by the January Blues.  I've decided to dive into the spring term with a positive mental attitude and… Continue reading Taking The Spring Term In Your Step

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Engaging Reluctant Writers

I've been working with five year 6 boys to refine their writing and after only two sessions I'm thrilled with their progress, enthusiasm and even positive responses from parents: Prior to the first booster, I took their books and assessed how they performing against our assessment criteria. The main target was their sentence construction and… Continue reading Engaging Reluctant Writers