I listened to a short account on how to encourage students to aim high. Funnily enough it involved meeting your inlaws and the benefits of dressing up smart. When you go to meet the “in-laws”. So you turn up in a suit, shirt and tie and you find out its more of a casual family event. So use lose the jacket, tie and roll you sleeves up. Big deal. Lets look at it the other way around. You .... Read more and bookmark.
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This is not a typical post. I am not writing about work but why I work in education. Half term was great til Tuesday…. wednesday through Saturday I was struggling with a cold, today was the first day I felt a little better and its back to the grind stone tomorrow. Still, too much to do… Refocus – I received an email from Dean today reminding me about his blog. I changed the name of .... Read more and bookmark.
I didn’t blog or reflect this weekend, I needed to come up for air. I also wanted to spend some quality time with my wife, we deserved it, and she deserved it more than anyone. The Last Week of Term I was not very impressed with my achievements this week, perhaps too much to manage and perhaps my expectations were too high. What did we achieve? What could we have done better? A new temporary .... Read more and bookmark.
Visited the Year 8 tutor room on wednesday. Tutor was very helpful. We move forward on this issue. I want to leave the weekend for thinking. For planning and reflection. So this is my weekly wrap up. Every other thursday I get to spend some quality time do important jobs. Today start with cover, which went surprisingly well. I arrived to cover a history class looking at medieval festivals. We .... Read more and bookmark.
“In education, why do they insist on saying that we should go back to basics. We never left.” Wes Fyrer Podcast .... Read more and bookmark.
This morning I visited Gideon Williams, Head of ICT at Perins School. During the visit I witnessed a Year 9 top set working on Windows Movie Maker, a French class practicing their vocab and most importantly I was able to sit and discuss ICT Middle Management with Gideon. Incidently, I was also reminded about the power of search engine Dogpile, as one student noted, ‘it was good for .... Read more and bookmark.