Literature Circles. Of all of the practices I introduced as a teacher in the Primary Classroom, I believe this to have been the most powerful. For me, literature has the power to connect us all beyond age, nationality, language, culture, religion or gender and also has the power to provoke thoughts and opinions that lay … Continue reading Literature Circles: A Powerful Practice to Support Differentiation
I was first introduced to the concept of a student-led portfolio conference many years ago, and quickly became a strong advocate for their use as part of any effective reporting and assessment practice within a school. For further information about student-led portfolio conferences please have a look at the links below: Student-led Portfolio Conference prezi … Continue reading The True Value of Student-led Portfolio Conferencing
The Power of Blogging & Twitter Prezi At our recent #ISMTeachMeet, I shared the prezi above outlining the value of blogging and twitter as valuable tools for personal professional learning and growth. The power of both these tools combined has enabled me to truly 'make learning connections' and develop as a leader and learner. Here … Continue reading The Power of Blogging & Twitter for Teachers
So often we remind ourselves and our students about focusing; whether it be upon learning, focusing upon a task, focusing on what needs to be done, focusing on what needs to be achieved, but often, should we not take a step back and focus upon the big picture, the big question: What do we desire … Continue reading Focus & Re-Focus Again
School seems eerily quiet at the moment, you know that feeling when something just isn't quite right? Well, the thing is, we have yet to actually welcome any students into school for the new term and, in reality, a school is not really a school at all unless you have students. I had blogged about … Continue reading Learn to Listen, Listen to Learn!
Handing yourself over to be a student in a completely new discipline or unfamiliar territory can be daunting and this was where I found myself this summer during my Yoga Teacher Training at YogaWorks in Soho, NYC. The whole experience has taught me such a lot as both an educator and as a learner, and … Continue reading Appreciation
Expectations. Think for a moment about what you expect from yourself, your students, your family, your friends & your colleagues. As an educator I have a lot of expectations, of myself, my colleagues and my students. I would convey the idea that I had 'high expectations' - I think wanting to empower myself and others to … Continue reading No Expectations