Reflections of a Trainee Teacher – @EarlyYearsIdeas

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

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

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

Music for Learning

As I prepare for the beginning of my Learning from Life placement (tomorrow!) I’ve been doing some reading about music education and the value and impact it can have on … Continue reading

March 12, 2017 · 1 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

The Internet is my Teacher

This morning my brain is buzzing with a thousand thoughts. Through a connection on Twitter (did I mention that I love social media?) I was advised to listen to a … Continue reading

March 25, 2016 · 1 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

Embracing technology

Today I came across an in the Guardian entitled: “Third of teachers ban electronic devices in classroom despite positive outcomes, survey finds” This came as quite a shock! With the … Continue reading

January 21, 2016 · 2 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

Professionalism

  One of the key messages that I took from this video is that an exceptional teacher is one who is truly passionate about what they do. A passionate individual … Continue reading

October 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Professional and personal social media

Following a really important albeit slightly terrifying input from Derek yesterday, I have been reflecting on the use of social media both within a professional and personal context. I can … Continue reading

October 7, 2015 · 3 Comments

School Uniforms

After a recent Sociology lecture, I have found myself considering the value of school uniforms. Previously I had seen that there are some benefits; children feeling a sense of community, looking smart while … Continue reading

October 1, 2015 · 3 Comments

Get the children outdoors!

While driving home today, I heard a news story about children failing to get enough exercise and the potential dangers of this including cardio-vascular disease and even diabetes. This got me … Continue reading

September 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

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