Reflections of a Trainee Teacher – @EarlyYearsIdeas

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

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

Setting up a classroom

This week, we were set a TDT which got me excited – designing your own classroom. As tempting as it is to get carried away, making everything pretty. The input … Continue reading

February 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

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

Through the wardrobe and into lesson planning

Currently, I am in two minds about lesson planning. Part of me enjoys the creativity of coming up with ideas that will (hopefully) engage and inspire the learners, while the … Continue reading

February 5, 2016 · 6 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

From Tudors to Tim Peake… and so much in between

A common theme has started to occur throughout our ‘Teaching Across the Curriculum’ inputs; we need to work on expanding our own knowledge. Of course, this means that we must … Continue reading

January 26, 2016 · 3 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

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

Getting rather animated!

During a brilliant ICT input with Sharon Tonner last week, we were shown how to use various pieces of software to teach children about Animation! My favourite part of the session … Continue reading

January 19, 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

It’s science Jim, but not as we know it!

It’s no secret that science was far from my favourite subject at school. While I can remember exploring imaginary worlds in English and laughing with my friends in PE, my memories … Continue reading

January 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

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

The girl with half a brain

The human brain is an amazing thing! It controls every part of us, from our movements (conscious or non) to our cognitive abilities and thinking. In my opinion, one of … Continue reading

October 21, 2015 · 2 Comments

Reflecting on reflection

It is obvious to me that the ability to reflect effectively is essential when it comes to both teaching and learning. In the past, I may have thought about reflection as being … Continue reading

October 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

Virtues of teaching

Following an input all about what it means to be a professional, I have chosen 5 virtues (among many) that I feel are important to teaching. Respect  I feel that … Continue reading

October 11, 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

Maths and mindsets

This week we have been introduced to the Online Literacy Assessment (OLA) and Online Maths Assessment. These are diagnostic tools which we are able to access and use in order … Continue reading

October 1, 2015 · 2 Comments

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