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October 13, 2019
by Claire Smith
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Did you say ‘let’s read?’ Oh… I’d love to!

Reading week is here. (Almost.) And that reminds me of letters, words and sentences: are they the raw essentials for a book? I think letters create words. I wonder if words can act as sentences alone? I see that most sentences need a verb. That’s how we all started learning English – and essentially, university … Continue reading “Did you say ‘let’s read?’ Oh… I’d love to!”

October 13, 2019
by Amy Fraser
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My Mini Inquiry- Where are there IB schools around the world?

I know that there are International Baccalaureate (IB) schools worldwide, however, I would like to use this opportunity to inquire about the IB’s history and find out just how many IB schools are out there and where exactly they are in the world. It is amazing that all IB schools share the same curriculums, yet […]

October 10, 2019
by Rebecca Watson
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Pivotal Moment

At my AoS meeting yesterday my adviser explained writing assignments in an alternative, or more broken-down way than I feel it has been explained before. Her specific way of explaining it worked so well for me personally because, as a friend rightly pointed out; I seem to understand things best when they are broken down […]

October 10, 2019
by Hope Russell
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Why do I want to be a teacher?

I first decided I wanted to be a teacher when I was in primary school. My primary one and two teacher, Mrs Henderson, made me feel so comfortable for being such a shy and quiet child. I would get upset and she would sit me on her lap and pull a tissue out of her sleeve for me. From then, I have always wanted to work with children and have the positive effect that Mrs Henderson had on me.

Through secondary school, I did work experience placement in a primary school in my area.  I was put into a primary one class where i worked with groups of children at a time through different activities such as maths, literacy and arts and crafts. This made me want to continue working with children in a school setting.

After school, I went to college to study Early Education and Childcare. I really enjoyed this and my placement was a great experience as I was in a primary school instead of a nursery. I became very close to my mentor and she gave me a deep insight into all the work and planning she did in her job. I was given so many opportunities to learn and after seeing the work she put into the class made me sure that I wanted to follow in her footsteps.

Since I had completed my college course, I have worked in a nursery for the past year. In previous jobs I would always dread going to work in the morning, however I love going to work, seeing the children and working closely with the other staff. When I started I was in the preschool room, working with children aged three to five. I got so much enjoyment out of planning activities and linking them to the curriculum. I was then asked to move into the baby room, I liked being in this room however I preferred working with the children who were older and had stronger communication skills. This made me want to study Primary Education more.

October 9, 2019
by Jocelyn Coventry
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Dance: Choreographic Techniques

TDT: CHOREOGRAPHIC TECHNIQUES – DISCUSSION  Select 2 or 3 videos of dance performance which you would use with pupils to help develop their understanding of choreographic techniques. Include a plan or written discussion on how you would use these videos with the class and how you would support their development. Videos:  Waacking routine: Commercial routine: […]

October 9, 2019
by Jocelyn Coventry
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Drama: Improvisation Lesson Plan

TDT: PRESENTING: Performance Skills Create a breakdown of ‘performance skills’ (this can be presented as a list, mindmap, however you choose). Choose one aspect/skill and create a lesson plan(s) to support your pupils with this aspect of performance. Reflect on the wider benefits of this skill. How might this support pupils in their wider lives? […]

October 8, 2019
by Gemma Harcus
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Captain Scott – Visualising His Life through the Drama Lens

This piece of writing is a submission for my Expressive Arts E-Portfolio linked to my Assignment. Task: Choose a character from the past (it doesn’t have to be a famous person). Research that character and the time that they lived. Use the drama convention Visualisation to explore what it would be like to be that […]

October 8, 2019
by Claire Smith
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The Lovely Lorax – and My Plan!

I started writing a piece about planning over the weekend – and ironically, lost it. Great organisation, Claire! Anyhow, the weekend was successful in making notes about medium-term planning. I’ve done a few lesson plans here and there: but not yet, a medium-term one. What is that, exactly? Well, I had not a single (and … Continue reading “The Lovely Lorax – and My Plan!”

October 6, 2019
by Julia Savaniu
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Actions Speak Louder Than Words

I was intrigued initially about the word ‘action’ existing as a concept in the IB PYP programme. It is not an aspect that is highlighted as clearly in CfE, so I was interested to find out how we as teachers can create a positive environment in the classroom to encourage this. When ‘action’ is mentioned, …

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October 6, 2019
by Amy Fraser
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Actions Speak Louder Than Words

After learning about the role of action in the PYP, I now have a deeper understanding of why it is such a crucial part to the curriculum. I have learnt that actions come in many forms, big and small. Big actions are often life changing and make bigger impacts onto the individuals carrying out the […]

October 4, 2019
by Morven Adams
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Becoming a Teacher

Throughout my life i have always been drawn to caring for others and in recent years i have debated a number of different career paths such as education, nursing, physiotherapy etc.  the most common theme amongst these was that i knew i wanted to choose a line of work where i could make a difference […]

October 4, 2019
by Claire Smith
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Teaching for Equity and Wellbeing: Lecture-related Post

  (Sorry… the title today is rather uninspiring… so if you can think of one that’s utra-inspiring… feel free to inspire me!) Reading. On. Poverty – and closing the attainment gap. Oh, and emotional and physical health in the classroom. It’s all weighty stuff because … as teachers… we do not possess the super-power of … Continue reading “Teaching for Equity and Wellbeing: Lecture-related Post”

October 4, 2019
by Emily Morris
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Why I want to be a teacher.

A career in teaching has always appealed to me throughout my education and childhood. During my time throughout secondary school I worked closely with children from going out on primary teaching placements to being a paired reader for first year children. I believe the skills required to provide children with an excellent education and to […]

October 4, 2019
by Marco Valente
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Why I want to be a Teacher

From the start of my high school career, I wanted to be a PE teacher. My great aunt and uncle were both PE teachers, my cousin was studying at Uni to be a PE teacher. I wanted to follow in their footsteps. Up until around fourth year I was adamant this is what I wanted […]

October 4, 2019
by Lucy Smith
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Why I Want to Be a Teacher

I would like to be a teacher, because I believe they are outstanding role models for young people. I think teachers have such an influence on young people’s lives and I want to be apart of that. I have younger siblings in my family, so I thrive off helping them and I enjoy spending time […]

October 4, 2019
by Ryan McLaren
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First blog post

I initially started to want to be a teacher, as I had a great relationship with them, during my time at school. I feel like if a pupil has a strong relationship between the teacher and pupil, then this will have a positive effect on the child’s learning. Seeing children grow and develop is a […]

October 4, 2019
by Chelsea Blacklaw
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‘Huh. I wonder where my class has gone?’

The first question everyone asks when we begin our journey to become a teacher is why? Most student teachers would try to pin point one reason: one teacher they had or one day at school or one experience. For me, there are many reasons. I guess the simplest and yet most fundamentally important one is […]

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