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April 23, 2019
by Zara Aitken
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In-Service Day – ACEs

Today I attended a talk and workshop based around ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences). The talk was carried out by Chris Kilkenny who himself had many ACEs in his childhood. Now at 24, Chris talks about his experiences and how as teachers we can take 5 minutes out of our day to speak to children, find […] Continue reading

February 4, 2019
by Betty Malley
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Don’t. Give. Up.

From the ages of pre-birth to three years old, a major part of the child’s emotional capacity is developed. Meaning that it is vital, from before the child is born to the day it turns three years old, that you maintain a positive attitude and positive behaviours when around the child. If this is not […] Continue reading

January 24, 2019
by Taylor Jordan
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How Semester One Made Me ‘Check’ Myself.

The values module last semester was a really eye-opening and thought provoking one for me. The very first lecture of the values unit is one that will stay in my head forever. I learned about the ‘unconscious’ bias that everyone holds within themselves, the reason why we all are – either a little or a […] Continue reading

January 22, 2019
by Fiona Smith
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What’s your brain like? (hwb)

Suzanne Zeedyk- ‘Pre-birth to three: Importance of early years’  The 8 minute video on the importance of early years was short but very impactful. It made me think of what environment children come from and that each child is unique in their own way. Cultures in every aspect of the world are different which creates …

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January 21, 2019
by Lillian Harle
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Reflections for Me…

One of the most important moments in semester one for my professional development was actually at the beginning of semester two when we received our results for the values essay. For me, semester one was full different emotions. In the beginning, I was quite relaxed, I understood the majority of what was said in the […] Continue reading

January 18, 2019
by Louise Gerrard
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Suzanne Zeedyk is a current theorist who explores the study of neuroscience. Zeedyk explains how important the pre-birth stage is as well as the development outside the womb and stressed that development of the brain doesn’t stop when children are aged 3 within her Youtube clip. Suzanne Zeedyk believes neuroscience helps babies brains function properly … Continue reading “Relationships” Continue reading

January 15, 2019
by Heather Brown
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The Brains of the Classroom

Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk’s and John Carnochan OBE’s videos by Education Scotland, empathise the need to create safe environments, to nurture and aid children to be able to deal with and contribute to society today. Dr Zeedyk’s describes the neuroscience behind the brains development  and explains how easy it is for young people to cope with […] Continue reading

January 11, 2019
by Laura Mason
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Teaching Across the Curriculum- First Dance Workshop

I attended my first dance workshop today with Eilidh Slattery. I didn’t really know what to expect as we entered the room, because I don’t think there was a lot of dance lessons when I was in primary school. Obviously, there was Scottish country dancing (which I loved), however, I do not remember any lessons […] Continue reading

November 29, 2018
by Nadine Duncan
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In Pursuit of Mathematical Art

In a recent input in Discovering Maths, we had a chance to create some mathematical art and my favourite of these was a curve of pursuit. (MathsMasterOrg (2011)) This is created by choosing a regular shape, making a mark an equal distance from each corner and joining these dots to create a slightly smaller shape.  […] Continue reading

November 26, 2018
by Isla Campbell
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Have I discovered maths?

Today was our last input for discovering mathematics. Throughout this module I have discovered a few things including mathematics. This journey of discovery hasn’t been easy but I can officially say I understand fully the fundamental ideas of mathematics. Essentially, I have discovered: what the fundamental ideas of mathematics is, different aspects of mathematics within … Continue reading Have I discovered maths? Continue reading

November 26, 2018
by Isla Campbell
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Maths that help

Everyone knows that mathematics can help children in the classroom and academically however, how can they help in real life? In a recent input we discussed how mathematics is involved in medicine specifically, how statistics can help. This is something that has really interested me in the sense that the NHS can be reliant in … Continue reading Maths that help Continue reading

November 16, 2018
by Nadine Duncan
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The Daily Mile-matics

Throughout this module, we have often been asked to reflect on our own experiences of learning mathematics at school and my memories are almost exclusively textbooks in the classroom and being excited that you had filled all of the squared paper in your jotter.  Fast forward 15 years or so to ‘Miss Duncan’ teaching mathematics […] Continue reading

November 7, 2018
by Morgan Watt
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Can Mathematics be Beautiful?

Maths, beautiful? Before I would have never of put these two words in the same sentence. Now I will say maths can be beautiful. After allowing myself to really understand how this can be and how maths can make things more pleasing to the eye I can put maths and beautiful together. The Rule of […] Continue reading

November 6, 2018
by Betty Malley
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I want to help you, but you need to tell me how.

When facing social injustices, such as a child failing due to their family life/background, or due to them not having a good support system out with the school environment, as a teacher, you cannot give up on the child whatsoever. I am fully aware that what I have just stated seems like the complete obvious, […] Continue reading

November 6, 2018
by Morgan Watt
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Could the Curriculum for Excellence be a ‘Sunk Cost’?

Could the Curriculum for Excellence be a ‘Sunk Cost’’? The aim of Curriculum for excellence and the reason it was put in place was to help children and young people, across Scotland, gain knowledge, skills and attributes needed for life as well as the skills needed for learning and work (Education Scotland, 2018). The Curriculum […] Continue reading

November 4, 2018
by Isla Campbell
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Is maths beautiful?

Maths makes our portraits beautiful. Recently, we had an input surrounding maths and art. This is something I really enjoyed, after this input I began to think about how much mathematics is actually involved in life, even art. So, how does maths make us beautiful? To explain, I think I should firstly show you some … Continue reading Is maths beautiful? Continue reading

October 24, 2018
by Iain Thomson
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Wake up! Grab a brush and put on a little (lot of) makeup!

While driving home from university, an interesting program came on the radio regarding the makeup industry (You and Yours, Radio 4, 27:45). Whereas, the radio show was reporting on the business and economics of the industry, I could not stop thinking about the pressure that this industry puts on young women of all ages. The […] Continue reading

October 23, 2018
by Isla Campbell
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Stereotypes/myths and Maths Anxiety 

Does maths stereotype and myths lead  maths anxiety? Okay so, we have all heard the common”I can’t do maths,” “maths is too hard,” or “I’m not a maths person, I’m better at language.” But are these all true? The answer is NO. Okay, to be fair I have said these once or twice in my … Continue reading Stereotypes/myths and Maths Anxiety  Continue reading

October 23, 2018
by Isla Campbell
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Maths Ability Groups

A good thing or a bad thing? This is a topic which interested me so much I decided to find out for myself what does this actually do to children and their learning/development? Obviously, we all know that maths is a complex concept which many children have difficulty understanding within the classroom as it is … Continue reading Maths Ability Groups Continue reading

October 22, 2018
by Isla Campbell
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Creative Maths

Does creative mathematics have more of an impact? I have been thinking a great deal about this question… Does maths have to be boring? Does the stereotypes have to continue? How can I improve maths attainment in my teaching? Well, I have researched thoroughly and have put my thoughts and research down and now I … Continue reading Creative Maths Continue reading

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