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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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Semester 2

Another semester that went too quickly! As expected, I have given up my job to concentrate on University and to be able to focus 100% on my placement. Semester 2 was spent focussing on Pedagogy and the Curriculum. I already knew a bit about pedagogy but mostly in an Early Years setting. This did give […] Continue reading

February 15, 2019
by Julia Savaniu
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Conversing in the Classroom

I did not realise the importance of classroom talk until I tried to really imagine what atmosphere I would like my future classroom to have. Thinking back to my own experience in the primary classroom, as a pupil I did feel like I was contributing to and responsible for my own learning. The classroom was […] Continue reading

February 13, 2019
by Julia Fleming
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Pedagogical Studies – Developing Classroom Talk

It is important to develop classroom talk as it allows communication barriers to be reduced and develops communication skills. It is key to developing open lines of communication between teachers and pupils, which in turn helps the teachers assess the pupils’ progress and ultimately improves the children’s learning. It is not enough to just develop […] Continue reading

February 13, 2019
by Julia Fleming
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Pedagogical Studies – Restorative Approach

A restorative approach is focused around building strong positive relationships, in order to fix any problems or issues that arise within the classroom. Through this approach pupils can each have their say and feel like they are being heard, this can be achieved via questioning. This approach is about fixing the problem first rather than […] Continue reading

February 12, 2019
by Wallie Mathieson
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Restorative Practice

The framework for the restorative approach starts with looking at values which are about the sense of responsibility then we look at skills such as, eye contact and questioning. Then we need to look at the process to find out if anyone is harmed, what happened, and how to repair that. It is important to […] Continue reading

February 10, 2019
by Julia Savaniu
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Restorative Practice: Nourishing, not Punishing

Restorative Practice is an important element of Behaviour Management because it is essential to children’s growth as young humans. Unfortunately it has sometimes been overlooked because of the time and effort it requires but I believe it is far more of a learning curve for children than punishment will ever be and will result in […] 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 31, 2019
by Louise Gerrard
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Key features for a good science lesson

Key Features of a good science lesson: A good science lesson: is designed to stimulate the interest and motivation of children allows flexibility and choice teacher need to have strong subject expertise and be enthusiastic about their subject creates a positive ethos for learning includes opportunities to allow children to become actively involved in their … Continue reading “Key features for a good science lesson” Continue reading

January 25, 2019
by Heather Brown
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Lesson Planning- A Work in Progress

For our health and well being workshops, we were instructed to create three lessons based on one of the Experiences and Outcome’s for that area of the curriculum. When I left that workshop I had already started to think of some activities that I could do– which I know now is the wrong way to […] Continue reading

January 24, 2019
by Fiona Smith
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Reflection: Where am I now?

Dereks Lecture (pedagogical studies) – Reflections/Evaluation on professional practice.  One of the most important moments for my professional development in semester one is the working together module. As a whole it was really good to work with other people from the same and different professions, building and developing a professional and also friendly partnership. I …

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January 23, 2019
by Fiona McGowan
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My Love/Hate Relationship with Maths

Today’s maths input from Tara Harper confirmed but also questioned many of my pre-existing morals surrounding the subject. For me, the foundation block when thinking about maths, and the whole curriculum in fact, is identifying and recognising that every child will start at a different level of understanding and will develop that understanding in different […] Continue reading

January 23, 2019
by Wallie Mathieson
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Reflections/Evaluations on Professional Practice

In 1983 Schon came up with the theory of reflection-on-action and reflection-in-action. Reflection-on-action refers to reflecting on something once you’ve come away from that situation however reflecting in-action refers to being in practice and reflecting there and then. I think these two ways of reflecting are important to recognise and you don’t always have to […] Continue reading

January 21, 2019
by Kathleen McAvoy
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Reading, Writing, Listening and Me

For me, primary school was so long ago that I find it hard to recall details of learning rather than all the time I spent with my friends. However, I do have a few memories of some aspects of learning reading, writing and listening although not so much on the talking but I guess that […] Continue reading

January 21, 2019
by Kathleen McAvoy
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Dancing My Heart Out

When I first discovered that we would be doing dance, I naturally went into panic mode. This was purely because when I thought of dance I expected Scottish Country dancing, and as I did not go into school in Scotland I was certain I’d have no idea what to do. Thankfully, to my relief, it […] Continue reading

January 21, 2019
by Kathleen McAvoy
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Starring Role in ICT

Fourteen days into the semester and I have already been introduced to my first handful of subjects with many more to come. The first subject I had for this semester was ICT, taught by the very enthusiastic Sharon Tonner-Saunders. Within the first class we were introduced into the world of animation and how we can […] Continue reading

January 21, 2019
by Kathleen McAvoy
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Semester one, over and done.

So here we are, second week of January after surviving the first semester of my first year at university… and how do I feel? I feel pretty good to be honest. And following receiving my results I am feeling OK with my progression so far, although there is definitely plenty room for improvement. For the […] Continue reading

January 21, 2019
by Lillian Harle
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The Structure of a Drama Lesson

The video lesson was structured into 10 parts. The first section was establishing an agreement- the rules and aims of the lesson. The video used the 3 Cs (concentration, cooperation, and communication) which I thought was an interesting idea as they provide the children with a structure and set of guidelines that they need to […] Continue reading

January 18, 2019
by Louise Gerrard
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Relationships

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 Julia Fleming
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Teaching Across the Curriculum – Health and Wellbeing

As part of the health and wellbeing inputs I have watched some videos surrounding early years development and relationship building. The first video discussed how babies brains are very flexible in the fist stage of their life and the experiences they have here shape what kind of pathways are made in their brain for their […] Continue reading

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