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September 2, 2020
by Amy Fraser
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Digital Footprints

After researching more about what a digital footprint is through the Digital Literacy Bitesize Unit 2, it has allowed me to fully understand how important it is to be careful about what you post/ do online. I remember we had a lecture in first year about how important it is to be careful with what […] Continue reading

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

January 27, 2020
by Zara Aitken
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Second Year

First semester of second year went in a flash! My summer was awful, I had two bereavment’s in one week and spent most of my summer away from my own children 600 miles away. Because of my awful summer I was really looking forward to having the opportunity to go out on another school placement […] Continue reading

December 8, 2019
by Claire Smith
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Journal + Online = Adventure

Recently, I’ve been trying to think of new ways of doing things. Not that my brain isn’t ‘working’ but perhaps, you could say I’m racing at 20mph on a 50mph road. Real fact: years ago, my driving instructor used to constantly remind me to increase the speed on motorways. But, as my brain was on … Continue reading “Journal + Online = Adventure” Continue reading

November 14, 2019
by Claire Smith
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Hope is Here

I arrived late for the lecture today after handing back my kit for my fundraising job. As much as I genuinely love the work – and will hopefully do some of it again in the future – having three jobs and university lectures was taking it’s tole. And studies come first: they are priority. A … Continue reading “Hope is Here” Continue reading

November 11, 2019
by Claire Smith
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It’s not meetings… it’s CIRCLE TIME!

I always like a quick reflection here and there. And I always do love a few Christmas decorations here and there. But, you see, it’s only the 11th of November – lots more days left – and we are already seeing Starbucks sell your coffee because… ‘you really want that Christmas tree cup.’ I was … Continue reading “It’s not meetings… it’s CIRCLE TIME!” Continue reading

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 […] Continue reading

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!” Continue reading

October 3, 2019
by Eilidh Carlisle
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How Deferral Enabled Me To Thrive, Not Cope

With the ‘Give Them Time’ campaign in the midst of lobbying government, I feel there is no better time to discuss deferral and why I agree that funding should be open to all those who need it. 15 years ago my wonderful mother walked into my nursery, and requested my deferral for the following year. […] Continue reading

September 29, 2019
by Sophie Neil
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A Very Overdue Reflection

I realise that I have neglected my ePortfolio recently and was shocked when I realised my last post was from this time last year! I am going to aim to write shorter reflections this year so that hopefully I can post more often. My first year of university has been a bit of a roller-coaster […] Continue reading

September 25, 2019
by Amy Fraser
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IB TDT Concept-based learning

I have learned a lot about concept-based learning through my reading. I realise how effective it is because it opens so many more doors into learning for children. It is a three dimensional model allowing for: generalisation, principles, concepts, facts and skills. This allows children to gain deeper understandings of what they’re learning by thinking deeper […] Continue reading

September 25, 2019
by Amy Fraser
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Heres why what we teach matters

“90% of what we teach in school is a waste of time… It doesn’t matter.” From reading this statement I do not agree with it. Some may say that certain topics being taught in school may be a waste of time, however, they may not see the bigger picture. For example, some may say learning […] Continue reading

September 22, 2019
by Amy Fraser
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IB TDT- How I embody the Learner Profile Attributes

I want to be a teacher because I want to make a difference. Through learning in the International Baccalaureate elective I have learnt that PYP schools also want to make a difference by creating a more peaceful world. Just as I like to learn from others in any context, I decided to choose the International […] Continue reading

September 18, 2019
by Amy Fraser
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My experience of Language in MA1

After reading Medwell Primary English Teaching and Practice, It has made me reflect on the key points raised in relation to my MA1 placement last year. For example, I taught the class progressive lessons in literacy through the context of Harry Potter. I taught lessons on describing characters and got the pupils to really think deeper about each […] Continue reading

September 17, 2019
by Amy Fraser
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IB TDT 1- Inquiry of Inquiry

IB TDT- Inquiry about inquiry   Tuning in…   Experiences of Inquiry   Contexts: in school, at home, at university   Benefits   Good because you learn new things you didn’t know before. Get issues that concern you sorted out by asking the right people for help/ clarification/ reassurance. Curiosity will get you far in […] Continue reading

June 20, 2019
by Amy Fraser
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IB Reflective Activity 1

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a not-for-profit foundation, motivated by its mission  to create a better world through education (IB, 2015). From researching it further, it has made me realise connections IB and the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE). The aims of IB are that it centres on learners, develops effective approaches to teaching and learning, […] Continue reading

May 17, 2019
by Claire Smith
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So, after learning about my learning placement (Lfl ’19) … I’ve decided to account myself to my learning more and uptake in the sport of writing a daily blog over summer. It’s not aiming to be a massive task, but something educationally amusing. A cocktail of words a day doesn’t do anyone any harm! It’s … Continue reading “SO, Summer: LET’S MOVE FOWARD!” Continue reading

May 14, 2019
by Claire Smith
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Well, c’est la vie – and it’s bonne!

I thought I would write. Write quickly – not a long post, but a “hello Summer, goodbye Second Semester” reflection. Time has passed and placement is now over. Over and done with, unfortunately. But, well, that’s it. This year has flown into history (too quickly) and even though my Lfl ’19 placement did not challenge … Continue reading “Well, c’est la vie – and it’s bonne!” Continue reading

April 25, 2019
by Blaze Lambert
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Is Daydreaming Terminally Dated?

Blaze, what do you mean by “Is daydreaming terminally dated?”- I hear you ask. Daydreaming is a natural and often subconscious process for our brain and therefore is not something that can dwindle and become dated! Perhaps, yes. However, I beg to differ. The Oxford definition of daydreaming is:  “A series of pleasant thoughts that distracts […] 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

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