There are somethings that I just prefer to have written down. I often plan lessons as I'm walking around or doing jobs around the house or travelling to school. I find that one idea triggers another and the lessons evolve into something different from year to year or even week to week. I am not … Continue reading Science Teaching: Lesson Planning
So I have given up Facebook and Instagram. Hopefully forever. What on Earth is the world coming to when everything you do is done to get the perfect photo to post on social media. This realisation isn't a new one, but the addiction had previously overruled the logic in my brain. The tipping point happened … Continue reading Trying to read more…… January
After accepting a job in Bangkok nearly a year ago we were excited about the move and I began to sort all of our belongings into two terribly messy 'keep' and 'don't keep' piles. I blocked out the fact we had only accepted one job for a good 6 months and it only really began … Continue reading When things don’t quite go to plan.
A great blog about the importance of fostering a love of reading in the classroom.
“I will say a prayer, just while you are sitting there
I will wrap my hands around you
I know it will be fine
We’ve got a fantasy affair
We didn’t get wet, we didn’t dare
Our aspirations, are wrapped up in books
Our inclinations are hidden in looks”
Wrapped up in books Belle and Sebastian
In primary school books are the most important tools we have at our disposal . What worries me is we seem to have lost the time to explore them…The time to talk about them…the time to make links and connections to our knowledge…the time to draw in the pieces and make our own sense of them.
Question… How much time do you give to children talking about books?
Sadly I see loads of comprehension activities online. Lots of comprehension questions that create one answer. What I rarely see however is people talking about children…
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I'm a tech geek and always have been. I've never made a big deal out of it professionally, but I've decided that is about to change. In the last year, I have really tried to embrace technology in the classroom. I have been fortunate to have much more regular access to iPads for my class … Continue reading Embracing my inner geek
` We have lived overseas for 22 months. I am so proud of what we have achieved over here and how we have managed to make a home for ourselves in a place that is so far from home. I really struggled with homesickness to begin with though and a wrote a lot in a … Continue reading I ate a pie and it was awesome!
Our kids are 6 and 4 years old. In some ways, I do think they are the perfect age for all of this galavanting around the world that we are doing. They are in classes with children from all over the world so they are learning about different cultures and viewpoints every single day. I … Continue reading How to teach internationally… Travelling with young children.
I definitely feel more productive once I've written something down. With that in mind, once we knew we were moving the China it was time for a new notepad. What is pretty cool now though, is that I'm using the same notepad for our second Big Move. Here are my top 5 tips for packing … Continue reading How to teach internationally… Preparing for The Big Move.
So this year we decided to leave Shanghai. Originally, when I was offered the job, we planned to be overseas for a year. We thought we would get a break from the UK and try to pay off some debts. Once we arrived, even through the shadows of my extreme homesickness, I could see what … Continue reading How to teach internationally… Moving within the international community.
As I said previously, our first international teaching job came about more by luck than by judgement. I was already looking on TES Jobs for positions in the UK and one evening, feeling particularly fed up, I clicked on the international section out of curiosity. Had things been better at home, I think it … Continue reading How to teach internationally… Finding a job and starting the paperwork.