Category Archives: 3. Prof. Skills & Abilities

Curious Minds

We all like to question our surroundings especially if young and things don’t make much sense to you. It is fascinating to see how children approach situations and the different ways they explain it. Having my nephews around me really gets me thinking about so many different things and how they work.

Children have such intuitive minds that gets them captures in a world full of explorations which can take us beyond our own understandings. The ideas that they associate with can be far beyond our conceptual awareness and this is a crucial area that , I as an educationalist will be to appreciate and take it further.Here is an example of science that relates to children’s everyday experiences.

Then my nephew had a lot of questions. He wanted to find out what when you put hand into warm water and then try to pick up the rice. ( in class we can discuss fair testing and investigate the factors in it).

 

 

 

 

 

MakeyMakey – learning beyond subject boundaries

 

Creating a visual stimulus to engage children in learning and to hook them in. Take a look.

 

In this video are some fantastic examples of creating an inclusive learning space where the learners can take leadership and develop a form of inquiry.

Every group presented a different take on using Makeymakey as a creative learning tool. We looked at Technologies beyond subject boundaries really at the heart of Interdisciplinary learning.

We looked at embedding Science through electricity and looking at circuits, conductors and insulators.

ICT and technology would be the drive to using and creating the software of Soundplant which would allow the sounds to be creating when the cables are all attached.

Music- creating audio sounds.

Literacy- report of the working process.

Image result for puzleIts like solving a puzzle, each area supports the other !

Making clear links between subject areas and the beauty of having them inter-link was a true reflection on effective planning and understanding of the curriculum.

 

 

 

 

Science or art, art and science

Bubble, Bulge and Bleb.

Somewhat a rather interesting tittle, have a little look.

 

 

When you visit a gallery, you expect to see art work, but it is very unusual and rather creative for me to see such modern art in a science format.

But at Dundee Life Sciences, Bubble, Bulge and Bleb, Artists and scientists collaborated to create a show case of cell of cell formation and its appearances of one a force has acted upon it.

A very interesting area looking into the advancement of modern technology on the illustrations , interpretations of science.

Self Reflection- sooo far in science, I see my self half way up the stairs, half way from the ground floor where I could not see myself as a confident practitioner delivering science but I can see myself getting there.

Childhood Memmories…

What experiences do you have of your childhood ?

It can sometimes be a tricky answer, for some jt can have lots to say , yet for others not as much.

I can clearly remember learning FRENCH. Yes French. Now the reasons for remembering it, was the kind odd but really engaging song. As a child I found something quite catchy that really caught me.

We also played traffic lights game and lots of outdoor activity with allowed us to practice of positional language in french with was so much funnn. (and I can easily re iterate and say many directions in french).

Image result for children learning french not copyright

 

Learning that is fun and engaging can and does stay with you for some time. It is a matter of analysing such areas for my developing as a growing teacher and seeing the potential in learning which is meaningful for my class and those I teach and support.

Science , is it all that hard.

A new year, a new subject and lots of new ideas to explore.

And this time it’s exploring Science ! My biggest fear was that it really as complicated as it has always seen to been to me. Does the concepts need to be something beyond my understanding,

Image result for famous quote from famous scientist

Strangely enough, and after a good thought the answer was NO. I thought to myself, look around you 2 things that you might have done today: walked; and played ball games. Both in itself a scientific understanding of its process. So science does involve my day to day life more than I think of it.

He’s a clip on our first group science experiment of the year. Very simple but just a start…

We might have not known what the substances were called or did not have the most accurate prediction, but we questioned and we tried. 

A Child’s A-Z Guide

HealthandWellbeing_tcm4-614278 What can you tell from this picture ?

You may agree or disagree with me, but certainly when I think of doing anything to do with children:

look at activities;

plan lessons;

or prepare any task including children what sparks up in my mind first is the HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF A CHILD.

Definitely something which needs to be closely looked upon and reflected.

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http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/Images/hwb_across_learning_principles_practice_tcm4-540402.pdf

Who plays the most important role in the child’s health and well-being ?

It may be a prime focus for teachers to ensure that the child is in safe environment and nurtures, HOWEVER , there is a much bigger picture which we need to take into consideration.

A child themselves is around a vast number of different people thorough their day and life. Their primary caregiver will undoubtedly have a huge role in providing the child with the basics to health start in life and provide a security net for the child to share their emotions and encourage them throughout their lives.

Thereafter, we can come to friends who will surely have a significant influence on children. As the child grows and by the age of 10 their friendships might only last for 1-1.5 years.

(Headroom, Australia)

This shows that the child is beginning to see how they can trust and who they get on with. They start to build stronger foundations for their emotions and this is a very important aspect for me as a student teacher as I will have to be aware of these, and lots of many other factors which will effect the child and consequently be factors which make them the whole child.

A last little note for for myself and those embarking in this wonderful journey of a primary teacher, “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”
  — Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa

http://db.nelsonmandela.org/speeches/pub_view.asp?pg=item&ItemID=NMS250&txtstr=Mahlam