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November 15, 2019
by Claire Smith
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Little, you are ever so greater than big!

Warning… this is rather reflective and pretty (kind of) personal! Sometimes one bad thing seems to come knocking at the door – and then many things happen. It’s best not to discuss these, as we all have our own hills to climb. But, sometimes amazing things occur too. After the past few months, the end … Continue reading “Little, you are ever so greater than big!” Continue reading

November 14, 2019
by Claire Smith
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Hope is Here

I arrived late for the lecture today after handing back my kit for my fundraising job. As much as I genuinely love the work – and will hopefully do some of it again in the future – having three jobs and university lectures was taking it’s tole. And studies come first: they are priority. A … Continue reading “Hope is Here” Continue reading

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

October 21, 2019
by Julia Savaniu
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Teaching Modern Languages

Teaching modern languages in primary school is a subject that I am passionate about as I have had my own positive learning experiences  that I am inspired to emulate. I have studied French academically for 9 years now, and my love for the language began when I was first introduced to it in Primary 6. …

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October 13, 2019
by Claire Smith
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Did you say ‘let’s read?’ Oh… I’d love to!

Reading week is here. (Almost.) And that reminds me of letters, words and sentences: are they the raw essentials for a book? I think letters create words. I wonder if words can act as sentences alone? I see that most sentences need a verb. That’s how we all started learning English – and essentially, university … Continue reading “Did you say ‘let’s read?’ Oh… I’d love to!” Continue reading

October 13, 2019
by Amy Fraser
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My Mini Inquiry- Where are there IB schools around the world?

I know that there are International Baccalaureate (IB) schools worldwide, however, I would like to use this opportunity to inquire about the IB’s history and find out just how many IB schools are out there and where exactly they are in the world. It is amazing that all IB schools share the same curriculums, yet […] 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 Claire Smith
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The Lovely Lorax – and My Plan!

I started writing a piece about planning over the weekend – and ironically, lost it. Great organisation, Claire! Anyhow, the weekend was successful in making notes about medium-term planning. I’ve done a few lesson plans here and there: but not yet, a medium-term one. What is that, exactly? Well, I had not a single (and … Continue reading “The Lovely Lorax – and My Plan!” 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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October 6, 2019
by Amy Fraser
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Actions Speak Louder Than Words

After learning about the role of action in the PYP, I now have a deeper understanding of why it is such a crucial part to the curriculum. I have learnt that actions come in many forms, big and small. Big actions are often life changing and make bigger impacts onto the individuals carrying out the […] Continue reading

October 4, 2019
by Claire Smith
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Teaching for Equity and Wellbeing: Lecture-related Post

  (Sorry… the title today is rather uninspiring… so if you can think of one that’s utra-inspiring… feel free to inspire me!) Reading. On. Poverty – and closing the attainment gap. Oh, and emotional and physical health in the classroom. It’s all weighty stuff because … as teachers… we do not possess the super-power of … Continue reading “Teaching for Equity and Wellbeing: Lecture-related Post” Continue reading

October 3, 2019
by Eilidh Carlisle
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How Deferral Enabled Me To Thrive, Not Cope

With the ‘Give Them Time’ campaign in the midst of lobbying government, I feel there is no better time to discuss deferral and why I agree that funding should be open to all those who need it. 15 years ago my wonderful mother walked into my nursery, and requested my deferral for the following year. […] Continue reading

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 29, 2019
by Sophie Neil
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A Very Overdue Reflection

I realise that I have neglected my ePortfolio recently and was shocked when I realised my last post was from this time last year! I am going to aim to write shorter reflections this year so that hopefully I can post more often. My first year of university has been a bit of a roller-coaster […] 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 25, 2019
by Amy Fraser
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IB TDT Concept-based learning

I have learned a lot about concept-based learning through my reading. I realise how effective it is because it opens so many more doors into learning for children. It is a three dimensional model allowing for: generalisation, principles, concepts, facts and skills. This allows children to gain deeper understandings of what they’re learning by thinking deeper […] Continue reading

September 25, 2019
by Amy Fraser
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Heres why what we teach matters

“90% of what we teach in school is a waste of time… It doesn’t matter.” From reading this statement I do not agree with it. Some may say that certain topics being taught in school may be a waste of time, however, they may not see the bigger picture. For example, some may say learning […] 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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