Monday’s lesson was my second science lesson within the school and I am really confident that it went well and know that the boys enjoyed it. Unfortunately there was no real opportunity for the teacher to observe me but did give me some informal feedback that was really positive. I think something that I can […] Continue reading →
March 12, 2017
by Lauren Duncan Comments Off on Placement Jitters
Current mode: panic! No, not really. However, I am feeling very nervous about placement which begins TOMORROW. I say placement but is, in fact, a “prac”. I arrived in Australia Friday just passed and about to undertake a placement in Somerset College, an International Baccalaureate world school in Queensland! As well as all of the […] Continue reading →
January 19, 2017
by Andy Cowan Comments Off on Learning to Enjoy the Process
Linda Lapere asked: “When are you more likely to show a fixed mindset? What are your beliefs regarding ability? What messages did your practice on your last placement communicate? What changes, if any, will need to be made for the next one?” When are you more likely to show a fixed mindset? When I become […] Continue reading →
January 15, 2017
by Rachel Billes Comments Off on One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish
Before our recent Mathematics input, I had never considered using stories as a way of exploring mathematical language and concepts. I’m sure most people would agree that stories are first and foremost thought of as something linked to literacy and language. However, after reading the well-known Dr Seuss book, “One fish, two fish, red fish, […] Continue reading →
October 27, 2016
by Jennifer Beekie Comments Off on Identifying my Skills and Abilities- Online unit 1
After completing Activity 1 and 2 I feel I have a better understanding of my strengths and the areas I need to work on. The completed activities can be found in my Personal audit and transferable skills page located along the top of the blog. The discussion task ‘What would you say are the most important skills/attributes/qualities […] Continue reading →
September 28, 2016
by Emma Kilpatrick Comments Off on Ett, två, tre…
This week we looked at the Education System in Sweden and other Scandinavian countries, which has been long praised and admired. Before joining this course, I had never really considered the starting age of school in this country, as it is the norm that I have grown up with. However, upon looking at research and […] Continue reading →
September 23, 2016
by Hannah-Jayne Ward Comments Off on Teacher Competence and Autonomous Language-Lovin’ Learners
This year, as my elective module, I have chosen to study Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) pedagogy. As I have already mentioned in a previous blog post, I am passionate about learning languages and therefore the push of MFL in Scottish Primary Education fills me with joy and excitement. But I know this is not the […] Continue reading →
May 22, 2016
by Hannah-Jayne Ward Comments Off on L4L Placement: Reflection
Following what seemed like a never-ending pile of paperwork for my placement portfolio and an unfortunate trip to A&E, I have had little time to write a blog post that I felt did my placement justice. My intention was to blog throughout my time at the school however I was so busy that I needed […] Continue reading →
March 26, 2016
by Hannah-Jayne Ward Comments Off on L4L Placement: Goleman, Gardner and ELSA?
As mentioned in my previous post, I am utilising my blog as a reflective tool for my Learning from Life placement. My placement is based in an integrated mainstream and special school and I have had the opportunity to work with the pastoral team over the past two weeks to begin my work experience. Working […] Continue reading →
March 4, 2016
by Hannah-Jayne Ward Comments Off on LFL Placement: What am I ‘Learning from Life’?
“What? Why? That doesn’t make sense when you’re training to become a Scottish Primary Teacher?” – A common response when I explain to my friends and family that my second year placement cannot be within a Scottish primary school. At first I shared a similar opinion, studying Languages and Science and Mathematics modules, then going […] Continue reading →
February 21, 2016
by Sarah Stewart Comments Off on Technology Lesson
During technology input myself, Danielle, Erin, Katie, Ailsa and Lucy worked collaboratively to come up with a lesson plan that involved an area which we weren’t too confident about. By the end of this workshop I realised that planning a technology lesson wasn’t as daunting as I first thought and it’s something I would love to experiment with […] Continue reading →
February 5, 2016
by Michelle Mackie Comments Off on Through the wardrobe and into lesson planning
Currently, I am in two minds about lesson planning. Part of me enjoys the creativity of coming up with ideas that will (hopefully) engage and inspire the learners, while the other part finds it very challenging to figure out how these ideas will work in practice. Of course, I realise that this will become easier […] Continue reading →
January 31, 2016
by Zuleka Ismail Comments Off on Exploring the world around us through Science
Science but NOT exactly what its all about. What about this- Science can be simply be incorporated into the classes daily or weekly activities. It allows children to be involved and experiment. It allows the children to question. EXPLORING SCIENCE in the classroom. Well… I was one of many who really dreaded having to […] Continue reading →
January 31, 2016
by Emma Kilpatrick Comments Off on 3, 2, 1… Action!
http://archive.teachfind.com/ttv/www.teachers.tv/videos/ks1-ks2-drama-teaching-drama-a-structured-approach.html This video is an excellent resource from “teachfind” on how to structure a successful drama lesson. The lesson begins with an agreement between the teacher and the children, in this case using the 3 C’s : Concentration, Cooperation and Communication. I believe that this is a great agreement to have with the children, not […] Continue reading →
January 27, 2016
by Kathleen Mullen Comments Off on Dance!
We recently had a dance workshop. Something I was quite excited about as I enjoy dancing, although I’m no expert! As a child I took some dance classes and performed in a show. But now I only dance for fun. I really enjoyed the dance workshop. We mostly looked at different types of movement and […] Continue reading →
January 26, 2016
by Rebecca Muir Comments Off on And the Oscar for best film goes to…..
In the short time frame from first semester to second semester I already feel a lot more at ease when I see ICT on my timetable. I am basically guaranteed to have an interactive and productive lesson. Experiences I can pass on to the children I hope to teach one day. The most recent has topped […] Continue reading →
January 24, 2016
by Carys Boyle Comments Off on #keepdancing
We recently had a workshop on dance and it was something which I thoroughly enjoyed. Between the ages of eight and 15 I took part in a couple of different dance groups. I started off as a highland dancer which was something I loved taking part in and is something I would really like to […] Continue reading →
January 24, 2016
by Hannah Wilson Comments Off on Not just a warm up…
I was really excited for our P.E. input as anyone who knows me knows I enjoy exercising and playing sports. I think we were all a bit nervous as we weren’t sure what was going to be involved in terms of efforts of exertion however I think we knew Will wouldn’t have us running laps […] Continue reading →
January 24, 2016
by Ailsa Mackie Comments Off on Drama Llama.
Drama has always been a good hobby of mine. Growing up, I was part of a theatre company were every year we would put on a show in the local theatre. However, it wasn’t part of our school curriculum until you chose to do at standard grade. I felt this was a real shame as […] Continue reading →
January 22, 2016
by Shannon McGuckin Comments Off on Dance like nobody’s watching..
Ever since I was a little girl I always loved dancing therefore when I saw we had a dancing input I was excited. I danced from a very young age right through to around 16 so I have a quite a broad experience of dance. My experience however is very much learning how to dance […] Continue reading →