Reflections of a Trainee Teacher – @EarlyYearsIdeas

“He who dares to teach must never cease to learn.” ~ Richard Henry Dann

Reflections and relationships

Reflections As I reflect back over my pre visit placement week, I am thrilled how it went. My school is warm and welcoming and I am working with a teacher … Continue reading

February 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

My Philosophy

During this semester, I am being encouraged to think about my personal philosophy of teaching. Within my first ever post, I wrote a short paragraph about the type of teacher … Continue reading

January 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Outdoor Learning

I am a huge fan of outdoor learning! I think my passion has mostly stemmed from my experiences working in a nature nursery, where I saw many of the benefits … Continue reading

November 26, 2017 · 1 Comment

What Kind of Teacher Do I Want To Be?

As mentioned in one of my previous posts, I hope to spend this year working on developing into my own kind of teacher, rather than simply imitating my ‘host’ teacher. … Continue reading

September 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Looking Ahead

I can hardly believe it! 3rd year is almost here, and this is the point where all my hard work starts to count towards my final qualification! My first 2 … Continue reading

August 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Couple of Highlights from Placement Week 2

This week has been another brilliant whirlwind! One of the highlights was having the opportunity to watch and be a part of the Spring Concert on Wednesday evening. It was … Continue reading

March 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Conducting a little survey

Ever since reading Hallam et al. (2009) ‘Trainee primary-school teachers’ perceptions of their effectiveness in teaching music’, I have been really interested in how confident primary teachers feel about teaching the subject. I … Continue reading

March 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

What a Week!

I can’t believe that’s my first week of placement over already! What a brilliant week it has been! Here are some of the experiences that I have been involved in: … Continue reading

March 18, 2017 · 2 Comments

Pedagoo Perth

Last Wednesday I was lucky enough to attend PedagooPerth – an event where teachers and education professionals from around the area come together and take part in learning conversations. I … Continue reading

March 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Quelle est le date ton anniversair

This song pretty much sums up my memory of learning a modern foreign language (MFL) at primary school. We learned it until we were blue in the face, and then … Continue reading

October 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Beautiful Books!

I love a good story! Whether it’s in a book, a TV show, a movie or even a friend telling me about their weekend – stories are what keep me … Continue reading

September 28, 2016 · 2 Comments

Reflecting and Looking Forward

After a seemingly endless summer, it’s almost time for me to get stuck into second year! With that in mind, I thought that this is a good time for me … Continue reading

September 8, 2016 · 1 Comment

Social Media for Teachers

Recently, I was lucky enough to be asked to host #ScotEdChat. This is an hour long Twitter discussion, where teachers and other professionals can share their thoughts and ideas on … Continue reading

March 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

To VARK or not to VARK, that is the question

There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to teaching! Throughout planning, implementation and reflection, it is essential for a primary teacher to recognize that every pupil is an individual. This means … Continue reading

February 25, 2016 · 2 Comments

What do I really know about religion?

I’m a little embarrassed to admit… not as much as I should! Following an RME input, we were set the task of writing down our previous knowledge about the main … Continue reading

February 7, 2016 · 2 Comments

Upstart Scotland and the power of play

Earlier this week, I attended the launch of the Upstart Scotland campaign. This is a campaign aimed at raising the starting age of children into schools to 7 years; following … Continue reading

January 28, 2016 · 2 Comments

Shhh! Stop talking!

There’s no denying that there have been many changes between the classrooms of the past, and the ones of today. One really important change is the increased recognition of the … Continue reading

January 24, 2016 · 3 Comments

Sharing our ePortfolios

Today we were encouraged to read and reflect on a number of our peers ePortfolio posts. Examples of MA1 posts: Lauren: 5,6,7…dance! Layla – Fear of feedback Claire-Emma: The ability grouping … Continue reading

January 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Problematic Problems

As with many people, my personal feelings towards maths are mostly negative. I continually struggle to get past the mental block where I shut down, claiming “I can’t do it!” … Continue reading

January 17, 2016 · 4 Comments

There’s no avoiding the big issues

  None of us live in a bubble. This means that when I become a teacher, I must be prepared for the fact that my pupils will probably have access … Continue reading

November 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Fat Letters

I was shocked to stumble across this article on the TES website. It applies to English Primary Schools but I feel that it is typical of the blame and shame … Continue reading

November 11, 2015 · 2 Comments

Professionals at work

Using some of my previous reflections and came up with the following words which I feel pertain to what it means to be a professional teacher: In order to further develop my understanding, … Continue reading

November 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Fabulous Feedback

What is Feedback all about? Feedback can be one of the most valuable tools throughout education. That is, if it is done properly! As wonderful as it is to be … Continue reading

November 1, 2015 · 4 Comments

Learners of our own teaching

There is a wonderful quote from Professor John Hattie which states: “The biggest effects on student learning occur when teachers become learners of their own teaching” (cited on Teaching Scotland, … Continue reading

October 30, 2015 · 1 Comment

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