Posts Tagged With: Bowling Park Primary

Meanwhile…

A recent trip to #BETT15 the other week and quality conversation with @oliverquinlan, @cerirwilliams, @ClassDojo and co, I rediscovered my mojo! Inspirational chat, discussion and thought has led me to writing this post.

For those eagle-eyed folk who duly noted that it had been a while, I can feel satisfied by the fact that I have written three articles for the UKedchat magazine. Approached by @ICTmagic last May, I have really enjoyed sharing my own experiences in the hope that it is useful in some way to fellow educators.

Articles include;

To Blog or not to Blog (May 2014)
New Beginnings (September 2014)
Reflections (January 2015)

Check out the website for more excellent ideas, resources and online-collaboration at www.ukedchat.com.

In addition to beginning a new role in my Bradford school (Bowling Park), embedding the computing curriculum across school and reviving Digital Leaders, I have also been enjoying work at a Leeds school (Queensway). The contrast between a three-from, split site, multicultural school and a one-form entry, local community school was a shock to the system at first. I have found that while the experiences children have varies from family to family, the learning behaviours and emotional needs are the same.

Most recently, Bowling Park were featured in the Ukedchat Mag as ‘School of the Week’! Click here to read about it.

For every little Peter that dislikes writing, there is a Paul who also needs that extra special something to make him think of himself as a writer and author! And for every little Aleeza that thinks she can’t do maths, that is where we, as educators, are privileged enough to be there to do something.
It is with this in mind that inspires me to go the extra mile each and everyday and try to make a difference.

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Blogging for Learning and #Mozfest

I think it is fair to say that my New Year’s resolution will be to write more frequently on this blog.

In fairness, I have spent the last 8 weeks soley focusing on my new role as a Y1 teacher. Whilst the aged is not too disimilar from my previous 3 years in Reception, the change in daily routine and way of working has kept me busy. I have spent a lot of time writing the Year 1 page on the school blog, which can be viewed at www.bowlingparkprimary.net .

I have worked on showing the children how to access the blog and how to write comments. Some children have really taken this on board and write comments often, however, there are still many more children to encourage. I aim to double the amount of children’s comments by the next school holiday by making even more use of online resources such as images to describe, links to phonics sounds or play online games. My particular favourites, when getting the children excited about learning, are Zondle and Oxford Owl.

Oxford Owl

zondle LOGO

 

I have started to use Zondle to build games for children to practice their skills in maths and literacy. The feedback from children in my class so far has been positive and I have had children asking if they can ‘stay in at playtime to do blog homework’.  Starting this week, I want to promote the use of the Oxford Owl website too as there are free eBooks and maths resources on there. I hope to reach out to more parents this way and will be offering advice and support for them when helping their child online. Watch this space…

Keen as I am to learn more about the way in which technology is evolving and how we can access it, I attended MozFest last weekend.

mozfest There were multiple workshops taking place throughout the weekend including; build the web, making the web physical, games, badges and much more.
   Having generally walked around, trying to get the best from all sessions, I found myself getting involved with a project about Girls in Tech. It was fabulous to collaborate on a project  and record notes in the ‘Mopad’ alongside @amirightfolks, @kimxtom, @MissPhilbin, @priynag and @chadsansing (Sorry if I missed anyone).
Click here to see what the group created.

Later in the afternoon, I attended the amazing ‘Maker Party’. Swamped with children and technologist alike, it was fantastic to see various projects in operation and learn a few things myself.
Some fabulous things included;

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All in all, I have enjoyed a relaxing and productive Half Term holiday and have come away with lots of ideas about how to make next half term even better!

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