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May 13, 2019
by Rachel Billes
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Transition

Stepping into a time of in between Where it is not yet clear what is to come And hard to let go of what has been   Looking back with fondness on memories shared With those who still stand by me And those no longer there   A time to find completion in the things […] Continue reading

February 4, 2019
by Rachel Billes
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“You’re Such a Child!”

When was the last time you skipped down the street, dressed up as a princess, marveled at the sound of snow crunching beneath your feet, pretended to be a fictional character, had a dance party or made up a silly song? I am not embarrassed to admit that I have done all of the above […] Continue reading

January 29, 2019
by Rachel Billes
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But what does learning look like?

They’re sitting quietly with chairs tucked in The lunches are done and the register complete The daily timetable has all been discussed But what does learning look like?   The jotters are out and the pencils are sharp The learning intention is up on the board The textbooks are there if we need a fallback […] Continue reading

January 15, 2019
by Rachel Billes
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Seeing the World Through a Different Lens

This post is of a very personal nature and one that I have considered not posting at all, probably because I know that in doing this I will be putting myself in a very vulnerable position. However, I am generally a believer that it is important to share our experiences as way of learning from […] Continue reading

December 16, 2018
by Rachel Billes
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The Power of Music

This is a topic that I have considered writing about for some time now, particularly in the lead up Christmas where music plays a big part in my own life and, I am sure, in the life of many others. Music is something quite unique to anything else in life. It holds power. The power […] Continue reading

November 9, 2018
by Ailsa Mackie
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Using Film in History.

Building enthusiasm within your classroom is important if you are to ensure engagement from pupils in their learning. The curriculum for excellence: building the curriculum 4 documents that using enthusiasm and motivation for learning enable young people to become successful learners (Scottish Government, 2009a). A good way to hook pupils at the start of a […] Continue reading

November 2, 2018
by Rachel Billes
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“Not long to go, we’ll just get through it”

It is fair to say that I have not engaged with blogging as an activity for quite some time now, however I personally believe that this is a topical issue worth sharing some insight into. As the title partly implies, this is my last year of teacher training and I am going to be perfectly […] Continue reading

September 21, 2018
by Ailsa Mackie
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Teaching Controversial Issues in the Classroom.

Yesterday in my Social Studies Elective we were discussing teaching controversial issues within the classroom and it became clear that it was quite common for such issues to be shied away from, one of the reasons being the potential backlash from parents. It got me thinking about my experiencing with controversial issues during my time […] Continue reading

June 10, 2018
by Claire-Emma Beattie
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Moving on

I always knew I wanted to teach.  This, I now know, is due to the pleasure I get from seeing others succeed and the knowledge that I helped them achieve their best. After transferring from MA Education to MA English lit. I decided to use the skills I had gained through the MA Education program […] Continue reading

December 6, 2017
by Rachel Billes
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Conquering the Fear of the Unknown

Have you ever been in a situation where you have felt completely unprepared, perhaps overwhelmed or just scared because you were faced with something brand new? Maybe it was something as small as taking a mode of public transport to somewhere you had never been before or walking into a room full of people you […] Continue reading

November 26, 2017
by Michelle Mackie
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Outdoor Learning

I am a huge fan of outdoor learning! I think my passion has mostly stemmed from my experiences working in a nature nursery, where I saw many of the benefits … Continue reading Continue reading

November 10, 2017
by Ailsa Mackie
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Exploring Characters

Choose a well-known story. Create ‘role on the walls’ to demonstrate how the main characters feel (inner) and how they are perceived by others (outer). Create a still image carousel to retell the story using just 3 or 4 key scenes. During each still image, use thought tracking to externalise what each character is thinking […] Continue reading

November 10, 2017
by Ailsa Mackie
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Tell a Dance Story

Choose a well-known nursery rhyme. Devise a simple choreography to tell the story without using any words. The Teapot Song I’m a little teapot, short and stout. Bend knees and have arms above head to create an ‘o’ shape. Here is my handle, here is my spout. Put left hand on hip and have right arm diagonally […] Continue reading

November 10, 2017
by Ailsa Mackie
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Create an Advert

In this task, you are asked to create an advert (for television or radio). The focus of this should be the musical persuasion.  My group decided to create an advert for ‘coca cola’, purely sound based for the use on radio. The advert starts with a take on the ‘jaws’ theme tune which was recorded […] Continue reading

November 10, 2017
by Ailsa Mackie
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Dance Drama

Choose an environmental issue and tell its story through dance. We chose deforestation as our environmental issue. Using the song ‘Grow’ by Frances, our aim was to send a powerful message about deforestation using a slow, gentle dance. We found it particularly challenging to portray ourselves as trees through dance as we did feel a […] Continue reading

November 10, 2017
by Ailsa Mackie
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Create a Silent Movie

In this task, you should select your soundtracks (examples will be offered during the workshop), use these as a stimulus for your drama, creating a story based on the different soundtracks. You should then act out your silent movie ensuring that the drama reflects the music selected. In our music workshop, we were given the […] Continue reading

November 10, 2017
by Ailsa Mackie
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Gallery Visit

Physically visit an art gallery, exhibition or museum. Select a piece of work and develop a project for the primary classroom based on your study, research and understanding of the piece and its context.  Your portfolio must contain evidence of your attendance (e.g. ticket stub) and direct study of the piece e.g. your own notes […] Continue reading

November 10, 2017
by Ailsa Mackie
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Alternate Endings

Choose a well-known story. Consider the ‘big themes’ of the story and explore possible alternate endings. Decide on the most powerful new ending and film your new story.  I choose the award-winning story ‘Lost & Found’ by Oliver Jeffers. In this book, a lost penguin shows up at a little boys door, the boy found […] Continue reading

November 10, 2017
by Ailsa Mackie
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Writing in Role

Choose an everyday object from around you (e.g. a chair, a pen, the tv…). Use the drama convention Visualisation to explore what it would be like to be that object. If it could hear, what would it hear? If it could see, what would it see? If it could feel, what would it feel? Write […] Continue reading

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