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February 5, 2020
by Isla Campbell
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A memorable learning experience

I can admit I don’t remember much about school, primary school in particular, with this in mind there is something that was life changing  for me in my secondary school career. I remember in my fifth year of secondary school I was going through a very hard time with my mathematics. this is a subject … Continue reading A memorable learning experience Continue reading

September 18, 2019
by Heather Brown
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Learning from Life

Learning from Life Reflection Last year, I really surprised myself while on placement. I was so nervous– which was expected– but I was unaware of how at ease I soon became once I knew exactly what was expected of me and where everything was, and I just got carried away with the flow of the […] Continue reading

May 13, 2019
by Rachel Billes
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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

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 11, 2019
by Michelle Mackie
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Reflections and relationships

Reflections As I reflect back over my pre visit placement week, I am thrilled how it went. My school is warm and welcoming and I am working with a teacher who has similar values to myself. I thoroughly enjoyed working with individuals and groups, and I taught 2 class lessons – both of which went … Continue reading Reflections and relationships 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

February 1, 2019
by Heather Brown
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Reflection on Semester 1

I have started to write this blog for Derek’s TDT several times, but have found it harder to reflect on my progress each time. But this was until my pre-visit day put everything into perspective. I have found it easy over the duration of the first semester to reflect on my Working Together team’s progress, […] 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 23, 2019
by Emma Boyd
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Maths has always been one of my favourite subjects! Although I loved it, I wouldn’t say I was amazing at it, I really had to work on different topics to improve my grades and understanding in school, but it was always something so rewarding to me. Every problem is like a puzzle – there is …

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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 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 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 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

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

October 29, 2018
by Hannah Robertson
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Face, Maths and Evolution. How does it all mix?

Would you believe me if I said that mathematics can judge your facial proportion? Well unfortunately it can in a very accurate and understandable way.  In our most recent input for our Discovering Mathematics module we unearthed how to draw a face accurately. For myself I have always had a creative ambition and enthusiasm, but …

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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

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