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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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Springing into Action

This post is dedicated to the inspiring, wonderfully creative @bevevans22, who sadly passed away last month. I was fortunate enough to have met Bev on a few occasions over the past couple of years since embracing the world of Twitter and was always impressed by her warmth and creativity. For many teachers, they may not know her name, but they will have a Bev Evans resource somewhere in their classroom. Bev’s legacy can  be judged through countless downloads of the free resources she uploaded to the TES SEN site. That said,  it’s her dedication and commitment to improving the lives of children that will be remembered most.

The impact that Bev had on the world of education encourages me to continue to be creative and innovative through my own practice.
Recently, I have asked my Y1 children to demonstrate their creativity through topic lessons. In a recent music session, I introduced them to a website called ‘Incredibox‘, whereby they got to compose their own song through assembling various sounds. By using Incredibox to maintain a steady background beat, we built on it and composed a variation of a well know farm-themed song. Visit the Bowling Park Primary website to listen to the final composition and to view our iPad art based on the work of David Hockney.

As Spring is well and truly here, I thought it an appropriate moment to take time to reflect on the first months of 2014. As my theme for the year is ‘change’, I was inspired by various people at #EdShow14 in Birmingham last month. As I walked up and down the aisles, I saw so many innovative products, ideas and people, which further inspire me to make a difference in the lives of children. I enjoyed learning about the latest news from #BETT award winners @Showmyhomework, catching up with @chrisrat on the @scholastic stand and listening to the ever inspiring @stevebunce demonstrating just how easy the Computing Curriculum can be.

Bradford have had different holiday times to other authorities, which has meant that I have enjoyed this past week considering what the Summer Term might look like for children in my class. Discussions with fellow educators has led me to consider developing the idea of #DigitalLeaders and @OpenBadges. Watch this space…

Making the most of my alternative week off, I took myself down to London for some rest and relaxation, beginning my trip with a lovely catch up at South Bank for #pizzaed. Many folk attended including @mberry, @digitalmaverick, @gillbudgell, @dawnhallybone to name a few. It was here that I learned more about how Mary Farmer @ebd35 has been using technology in her school and about the insightful work that @oliverquinlan is doing at @nesta_uk. Special thanks go to @andreacarr1 for organising the event.
From one lovely evening to another, other meet-ups included a good old chat with @tonyparkin about the wonderful city of #York and @jachapman82 and her brand new blog which can be found at hiaragirlpower.blogspot.com.

And so, full of the joys of spring after a lovely break, I look ahead to this week and seeing the smiling faces of my Y1’s tomorrow morning. Let’s hope that they too have had a fantastic holiday and are ready to spring into action from 8:45am…

 

 

 

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