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How it all begins
June 6, 2011
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This year I changed…

This year I changed from teaching P5 to teaching nursery! It’s almost the end of the school year and a lot of the time I still have no idea what I’m doing or if I’m doing it right! Its been very good experience though and I’m doing it again next year to further develop my practice. I think it would be good for every teacher to spend some time in nursery (and more than a 4 week placement) as it gives you such an insight into how it all begins, and the kind of practice that maybe should be brought into further up the school.

I hope to do a significantly better job next year now I know the ropes a bit but I’m not sure if I want to do it forever, I don’t want to become pigeon holed as the nursery teacher as I still have a long career ahead of me.

This year I changed my life!

This year I changed…

This year I changed my life. Glow led me to blogging with classes which provided my pupils with the opportunity to do some ‘real’ writing for a change. It led me to Blogging myself which has been the great epiphany for me. I found I could articulate thoughts and feelings about my classroom practice which have given me the confidence to be braver.

Digital storytelling, Inanimate Alice to be specific, was the most incredible learning experienece for everyone in the classroom. It taught me that if we can be brave in what we set out to achieve then our classrooms can come alive again.

And Twitter, my God, Twitter, has ben the greatest support system, advice centre, Departmental meeting and Inservice Day I could ever have dreamed of.

This has been the greatest year of my twelve year career. Of course, however, next year I’ll just want to be better.

What do you want to learn about?

This year I changed…

Trying to get kids more involved and engaged in their learning, I provided the group with big sheets of paper during the first week, and asked them to write down all the things they wanted to learn about. I have a group of 10 primary children with special needs, so they all did this on one sheet, with help to scribe or spell where needed. They came up with a really nice mix of interests – tigers, aeroplanes, police dogs, transport, football etc.

I put this up on the wall and refer to it in my planning – choosing reading books, maths contexts, surveys, invites to visitors etc. I also refer to it a lot with the group, so I can say , do you remember John wanted to learn about aeroplanes? How can we do that? Who could we invite to talk to us? etc.

It is a really simple way to start them thinking about what they want to learn, give them a bit of ownership over their curriculum and let them feel a bit special when it is their idea that is being studied.

This year I changed…
June 5, 2011
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What have you changed in your classroom this year? Why did you do it? What happened as a result?

This is a pedagoo call for posts! We want to hear about something you changed this year. We really do.

Send your story to share@pedagoo.org now. You know you want to…

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