Second week of school after the holidays and everything is settling back to normality. Technology working then not working, pupils working then not working and me always working!!
It’s been a positive week overall this week despite a brief moment on Wednesday when I had a mini panic and doubt that I am doing any good as a teacher and Principal Teacher. Continue reading
This past week was the first week back to work after the summer holidays and I was definitely ready to go back. I want to share some of the highlights and lowlights of my week, what worked well, what didn’t and any resources I used.
Quick disclaimer – I have been teaching for over 13 years and I still don’t always get it right. I don’t know the “best” way to teach but try my best every day. It’s not perfect but it’s what I do. Continue reading
The start of the lesson is so important as it sets the tone for the rest of the lesson. For my junior classes I use a mixture of Which One Doesn’t Belong? Estimation 180, Numeracy Grids, Numeracy Ninjas, Fraction Talks, Open Middle, Transum, …..
But I have always been quite unsatisfied with the starters I set for my senior classes. I typically choose a few questions based on the previous lesson as a lead in to the current one. While I don’t think there was anything wrong with the questions I was setting I knew I could use the starter in a more purposeful way. Continue reading
I’ve been struggling this year with blogging. I’ve had the time but not the motivation or inspiration. When I have sat down to write a blog post I haven’t been able to think of anything worth sharing. Now when I say “worth sharing ” I mean I haven’t made any great fancy resource or game to share, I don’t have any big ideas or anything I think anyone would want to read. Continue reading