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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

September 30, 2019
by Georgia Fullarton
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I blink, and it’s over – A long overdue reflection.

The past year has passed by in a flash. I know I’m not exactly old, but I now realise how true it is that time seems to fly by as you get older. There’s no more sitting in a classroom trying to keep my eyes open on a Friday afternoon, or traipsing to classes I … Continue reading I blink, and it’s over – A long overdue reflection. Continue reading

January 29, 2019
by Fiona Smith
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Easy as 1.. 2.. 3..?

After missing the last maths input, due to having my pre-placement visit early, I have managed to catch up with the thanks to Tara’s PowerPoint notes and friends taking notes for me. What I have taken from it, is that maths is one of the three areas in which is classed in the responsibility of …

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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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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

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

October 7, 2018
by Rebecca Potter
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What is a Number?

We come into contact with numbers every day. Time, working out how many portions of dinner we’ll need to make or simply “hey what’s your number?”. But have we ever taken the time to think, what is a number and why do we even use them? My first question is, why does the number three […] Continue reading

October 5, 2018
by Andrew Graham
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Old ways won’t open new doors

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending an introductory session on autism through Elaine Smith from Autism Scotland. This session was organised by the Education Society and proved an extremely valuable experience to learn about a topic that, although I have heard small pockets of information, I had little knowledge of. This wasn’t through intended […] Continue reading

September 27, 2018
by Rebecca Potter
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The Art of Tessellation

When Jonathan first said the word “tessellation”, I immediately thought what on earth is he on about?! Yet, following this lecture I now understand that tessellation is something that surrounds us. Tessellation is the arrangement of identical shapes that fit together perfectly to create a pattern. These shapes have to fit precisely beside one another, […] Continue reading

September 25, 2018
by Gemma Harcus
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Standing up for justice; standing up for our children.

I sit and write this blog after one of the most thought provoking discussions so far in my university journey. One in which we were discussing theories such as the Montessori, Owen and Frobel perspectives on education. Each being primarily child-centre focused and broadening on aspects of children thriving on their own initiative and creativity.   […] Continue reading

September 22, 2018
by Anna Bluff
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Structural inequalities in the classroom

During our first seminar with Brenda, we were split into 5 groups. She told us that with the resources she was going to provide us, we had to create something that would make ‘our first week on campus easier’. She handed us out envelopes with the equipment we were to use to make this idea […] Continue reading

September 21, 2018
by Aisha Elageili
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Values Workshop

Earlier in the week i attended a workshop where we were split into 4 groups. We were all provided with envelopes containing supplies that we were to use in order to make an ‘essential university item’. Immediately it was noticed by our group (Group 4) that groups 1 and 2 had far more resources than […] Continue reading

September 19, 2018
by Andrew Graham
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A Lesson in Structural Inequalities

Yesterday I realised a some-what hard hitting truth that I thought I already knew. Personal bias is everywhere. It is as instinctual in humans as our sense of survival. Whether we like to admit it or not, favouritism is more present in our lives than we would like to admit. Be it a favourite friend […] Continue reading

September 16, 2018
by Nadia Jeffreys
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What was the most pleasant learning experience from my time at school?

TDT: Developing Effectiveness in Teaching and Learning During my time in high school I struggled with finding my passion in certain subjects throughout my A- Levels. After I decided to resit a year at school with an array of completely random subjects (Psychology, Philosophy, Media Studies and Music), I found my passion grow for each […] Continue reading

May 8, 2018
by Briony Grieve
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School Structure

One thing that took some getting used to when I first arrived in France was the structure of the school day. This is something that is very different to Scotland. There are aspects of the school day that I believe are very good, however, there are also ways in which is believe the Scottish system […] Continue reading

May 7, 2018
by Clare Gibson
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The Final Wrap Up

This placement has provided me with several learning opportunities and I am developing my own educational philosophy and teacher style. I was fortunate to have such a wide range of experiences during the six weeks with school trips, sports competitions and one to one observations. Gaining insight into these aspects has allowed me to grow […] Continue reading

April 29, 2018
by Clare Gibson
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It’s the Final Countdown

Another week is done and dusted which means there is just one week left of placement in second year. In ways I am relieved that I am almost finished as I am exhausted and cannot wait for a lie in. However, I am starting to feel sad about leaving my little class as they are […] Continue reading

April 24, 2018
by Clare Gibson
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4 weeks down, 2 to go!

I found myself in shock the other day as I sat down and counted how many days of placement I had completed and how many I had left. The time is going by in a flash. This week has given me experience and understanding of more elements of teaching. I have been given the responsibility […] Continue reading

April 16, 2018
by Clare Gibson
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Routines and Helpers

The usual day to day routine is as follows: 9am- All pupils should be in school. Collection of bus, dinner, snack and cabin club money. The snack helpers then go round the other classes. On a Monday, the class look at the Road Safety Calendar and discuss how they can be safe in the environment […] Continue reading

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