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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

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 Gemma Harcus
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Captain Scott – Visualising His Life through the Drama Lens

This piece of writing is a submission for my Expressive Arts E-Portfolio linked to my Assignment. Task: Choose a character from the past (it doesn’t have to be a famous person). Research that character and the time that they lived. Use the drama convention Visualisation to explore what it would be like to be that […] Continue reading

October 6, 2019
by Julia Savaniu
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Actions Speak Louder Than Words

I was intrigued initially about the word ‘action’ existing as a concept in the IB PYP programme. It is not an aspect that is highlighted as clearly in CfE, so I was interested to find out how we as teachers can create a positive environment in the classroom to encourage this. When ‘action’ is mentioned, …

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September 30, 2019
by Julia Savaniu
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Who I am as a Teacher

Answering the question of ‘who am I as a teacher’ is an incredibly difficult task as an MA2 student who has only experienced teaching one P5/6 class so far in her career. However, it is a question that has been at the back of my mind ever since I did my first work experience in …

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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

September 30, 2019
by Georgia Fullarton
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IB; Concept-based learning

Concept-based learning is an approach which excites me- it moves away from subject specific content and instead focuses on ‘big ideas’ that span various subject areas. For example, children may learn about ‘change’. They may do this through change of value in mathematics, change of leaders in history and through studying the life cycle in … Continue reading IB; Concept-based learning Continue reading

September 27, 2019
by Claire Smith
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Fractions! Did you just call for pizza – and a party?!

We have had a few inputs now on mathematics: and they have all been most useful in helping me to realise that imagination is maths and maths is imagination. Long way to say it; basically think to the limits of space. Endless? Yes. Claire needs to enter the classroom and not just see the earthly … Continue reading “Fractions! Did you just call for pizza – and a party?!” Continue reading

September 24, 2019
by Julia Savaniu
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Concept-based Learning

This interesting approach to learning has intrigued me because of its emphasis on ensuring all learning has a purpose and highlighting how the world is interconnected in many ways. A curriculum that can teach pupils this awareness from a young age deserves to be explored in greater depth. The idea of learning a ‘concept’ rather …

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September 24, 2019
by Julia Savaniu
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“90% of what we teach in school is a waste of time…” – is this true?

It is saddening as a future primary teacher to see this statement and to imagine a classroom full of young students who are disengaged, unmotivated and fully supporting this statement. This is fundamentally not the purpose of education – for children to believe learning is pointless, and for this detachment from learning to only grow …

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September 18, 2019
by Julia Savaniu
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IB TDT 1 – Inquiry

Since starting on the IB Pathway, I have been interested in learning more about the concept of learning using an inquiry-based approach. To me, inquiry is about having a focused and switched-on mindset, meaning you are always willing to accept new information and actively pursue it. It is interesting to me to think of an …

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August 20, 2019
by Julia Savaniu
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Comparing IB Primary Years Programme to Curriculum for Excellence

From my understanding of the two education systems so far, it is clear that they both have much in common in terms of their core values and how both have progressed to steer away from the more dated system of learning, where each pupil was given the same work so that they could be easily …

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August 20, 2019
by Julia Savaniu
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IB Educational Trends

The IB Programme was initially founded in 1968 when a Diploma Programme was created to merge subjects together and create a holistic understanding for the learner.  This programme provided the core foundations for the later programmes introduced as it is where the ideology of a course focused on interdisciplinary learning began. The Primary Years Programme …

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August 20, 2019
by Julia Savaniu
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What is IB?

The International Baccalaureate Organisation (IB) is an education programme that covers ages 3-19 and has the main aims of creating globally aware learners who are accepting of different cultures and values, aspiring to create a better and more peaceful world. Learners of the IB curriculum work towards attaining 10 core values that help to build …

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February 18, 2019
by Claire Smith
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Let’s think about (ma)thinking, okay?

Mathematics? Oh so fearful of it…are you? Or… look… there’s a sum! And… the answer? Let me spend time sourcing it. Right now. Some people leave education with this desire to crawl under the table when 5,6,7 and all the other numbers approach them. Others, well others, carry maths in their head – and would … Continue reading “Let’s think about (ma)thinking, okay?” 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 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 Laura Mason
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Lesson Ideas – Food and Health 2nd Level

After our health and wellbeing workshop, we looked at food and health and how important it is to explore with children – as it affects everyone’s lives. After watching the ‘Sugarcrash’ documentary, I was shocked at the amount of hidden sugar in the foods I am eating. I try to be as healthy as possible, […] 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 22, 2019
by Anna Bluff
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Developing Enthusiasm For Dance

I have loved dancing from a young age. I started ballet classes at aged three and ended up completing my grade 8 ballet exam last year. It’s always been part of my life, so I was eager to get going with the dance input that we had. I got it in to my head that […] Continue reading

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