In today’s ePortfolio input we were all asked to look at some of our peers work, reflect on the way in which our peers are crafting their professional thoughts and to write about what they are getting from doing this and how others may benefit from reading their work. I have also chosen to share the posts in […] Continue reading →
January 20, 2016
by Katie Rebecca Whitham Comments Off on Dancing Under the Sea
I recently attended the only dance input I will be given at University until 3rd year. Anyone who knows me knows I’m not a dancer unless I am at a scottish ceilidh, playing just dance on the Nintendo Wii or it is a half hearted waltz after a glass of wine. The only dancing I […] Continue reading →
January 19, 2016
by Claire-Emma Beattie Comments Off on The importance of the past looking at the future.
My memory of social studies at school is that it was a delivered with mixed quality. I remember one particular lesson on how Roman people lived. The teacher must have spent hours if not days sourcing various foods. Root ginger, dates, olives, grapes, baked apples, rye bread, a huge variety of spices and a vast […] Continue reading →
January 14, 2016
by Katie Rebecca Whitham Comments Off on Maths, Anxiety, Stress and Me
Maths, Anxiety and Stress. They all come hand in hand – or at least for me anyway. The ridiculous thing is though, I got an A in maths and as I keep getting told “if you got an A in maths then you should be confident!” Well read it and weep guys, I get stressed […] Continue reading →
November 24, 2015
by Samantha MacDonald Comments Off on Maths in Football
Maths and football would not necessarily be two things you would put together but through the Discovering Mathematics module its become apparent that mathematics is everywhere. Liping Ma (1999) suggests that connectedness is one of the four properties of the teaching and learning of Fundamental Mathematics which led me to believe that if the teaching […] Continue reading →
November 19, 2015
by Katie Rebecca Whitham Comments Off on Why are health studies and the arts being seen as feminine subjects?
As part of my assignment for my university course, I have to make a presentation and answer questions on specific topics relating to what we’ve learned in lectures. Whilst reading up on some topics one thing I read stuck in my mind more than anything else; Sue Sharpe (1994) saw schools steering girls’ choices towards […] Continue reading →
November 17, 2015
by Lauren Duncan Comments Off on The Interpretation of Dreams
Sigmund Freud, an Austrian psychologist, was keen on neurological psychology. His study into the Interpretation of Dreams brought him to the conclusion that our dreams are essentially wishes we want to fulfil. Freud believed that what we dream is what is subconsciously of particular importance to us. I chose to read further into his findings, […] Continue reading →
November 16, 2015
by Lauren Duncan Comments Off on Self-esteem
Our self-esteem is the confidence we have in our personal worth and different abilities. Self esteem is something we all have, but different people have different levels of it; some people may be lacking in it, and others may have a healthy amount of it. Having a good positive balance of self esteem is essential […] Continue reading →
November 11, 2015
by Lauren Duncan Comments Off on What is personality?
In today’s input by Patricia, I found the aspect of personality very intriguing. Personality, as quoted in Bee and Boyd (2012, p 218) is “The individual’s enduring patterns of responses to and interaction with others and the environment.” Personality is a very difficult area to study, as everyone is different. There are five different dimensions […] Continue reading →
November 11, 2015
by Lauren Duncan Comments Off on What standards we should be attaining as student teachers?
The General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) has their own standards for registration. These are split into two parts, The Standards for Provisional Registration (SPR), and The Standard for Full Registration (SFR). These are a series of standards put in place to make clear how teachers should act, and the values they should possess as a […] Continue reading →
November 11, 2015
by Lauren Duncan Comments Off on How do we even teach a child how to read and write?!
In my previous blog posts, I spoke of language acquisition and the importance of things such as grammar. What is important when teaching a child how to read and write? Well, the most influential factor is their phonological awareness. Phonological awareness is the ability to understand the different rules around the sounds of a language. It […] Continue reading →
November 11, 2015
by Lauren Duncan Comments Off on Theories of Language Development
The earliest theories of language were initially based on the “nonsense” idea that imitation is how children learn a language. It does play a part, but only a small one. Toddlers who copy the way adults speak are the ones who show the most rapid vocabulary development, but only in the first 1/2 years of […] Continue reading →
November 10, 2015
by Lauren Duncan Comments Off on Word Learning
What are the trends in word learning over the first two years? Children initially learn words in stages, the first being the pre-linguistic stage. Each singular language, such as English or Italian, has various different dimensions. These are things such as the different uses of language, such as to communicate, the sound patterns each individual language uses […] Continue reading →
November 4, 2015
by Kirsten Johnson Comments Off on Born but not wanted…
From various inputs I’ve realised that the topic of the ‘Romanian Orphans’ was brought to our attention several times. I decided to have a look into the topic as I’d never heard of before and reflect on what I found out. The term ‘Romanian Orphans’ raised due to Nicolae Ceaușescu forbidding both abortion and contraception all […] Continue reading →
November 2, 2015
by Samantha MacDonald Comments Off on Happy Birthday George Boole!
Picture Taken through a screen grab of www.Google.com I am not sure if this is entirely relevant but after searching Google for information to add into my languages assignment I came across the fancy “Google” logo. The logo was a type of maths related design, which when clicked on took me to a search of […] Continue reading →
November 2, 2015
by Rebecca Macdonald Comments Off on Student Teacher Code?
The Student Teacher Code was something that I was not aware of before. After reading this I believe that this code is extremely beneficial to student teachers as it establishes guidance for you as a student. The code also provides support and helps you as a student build a professional foundation which leads to a successful […] Continue reading →
October 28, 2015
by Ben Neighbours Comments Off on Life in Poetry
Poetry is a word that can bring someone a sense of fear depending on the poem. I, for example, are one of those many people that remember dissecting and analysing poems in high school for months on end to then find out that that specific poem didn’t appear in the final exam. Pointless and time […] Continue reading →
October 20, 2015
by Max Hatton Comments Off on Urban child institute
Following my input upon the physical child I wished to gain more knowledge upon the subject and simply Google searched “the physical child”; here I stumbles across an insightful website that explains child development within the first five years. The website is supported by numerous studies and facts and is displayed in an easy to […] Continue reading →
October 14, 2015
by Jade Lumsden Comments Off on What are the Scottish Government doing to close the attainment gap?
Attainment levels in Scotland are a major issue, there are many issues which affect attainment levels such as social class, gender and ethnicity. Reading performance has decreased from 2012 to 2014. However, the Scottish Government are trying to close the attainment gap using different techniques. The Scottish Attainment Challenge which has been set up to […] Continue reading →
October 13, 2015
by Eilidh Lamont Comments Off on Is it time for a shake up?
One of the most thought provoking podcasts I’ve listened to since coming to study Education at university was one by a Sir Ken Robinson, a man who along side other things acts as an international adviser of education. During a talk titled ‘changing educations paradigms’, he compares our current education system to that of a […] Continue reading →