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This week I got my wand out .. and waved get over it!

Teaching for me is such an amazing job! I honestly go to work bursting with energy ready to make a difference for the children.

This week has been a mix of feelings..from strange questionnaires given to 5 year olds to answer… to people judging teaching practice to what seems all of 10 minutes observing… to the actual magical moment of a struggling learner grasping and independently completing a task in Maths!

What a roller coaster of emotions but I’m glad I’m moving onto Friday with a huge smile, laughing off the mixes of madness this week has brought!

Teaching definitely faces challenges, which unfortunately for some people are too stressful to take. But if you are a new teacher reading this completely overwhelmed, my advice is to honestly laugh it off.

Laugh it off. Do what’s best for the children and keep moving forward!

Have a lovely weekend everyone ☺️☺️💕

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Children’s development Vs the curriculum

I love this quote. I love that each individual child is so unique and different inside and out. It’s strange that we have such a wealth of knowledge based on children and how they learn. Yet the curriculum leaves teachers with little time to explore topics and the pressure of getting children to ‘meeting’ ‘greater depth’ or even deciding that a child is just always going to be ‘developing.’

Wouldn’t it be nice to just spend time with your class to really watch them grow and achieve at a rate that suits them? If children really learn at their own rate, then why do we push them so much to understand something there and then?

I am hoping that soon the education system changes to fit the child, so that we no longer need to ‘fit’ the child into the system.

I have a feeling that this is such a big U.K. problem.

Anyone from other countries feel free to comment I would love to hear your thoughts!

#MissPinnock

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The reason why the workload isn’t a ‘big’ enough problem

Feeling super guilty as my promise of frequent blogging has slipped away a little bit, but life has taken over!

I came across this picture on twitter and I just thought wow it really sums up the reasons as to why I keep going.

Why I continue day in and day out to do my 100% best for my class even though I am emotionally and physically exhausted by the end of it.

The reason why I continue to smile and strive after a ‘lemon sucker parent’ has sucked my happiness 5 minutes earlier!

Teaching is by far one of the hardest, most time consuming career but the work that’s put in is life changing for the next generation!

I could never imagine giving up on any child! It’s a shame that the teaching profession isn’t given the acknowledgement it really needs.

Let’s hope in time to come things will change!

Just a thought of the day..#MissPinnock

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Teacher life!

Many Teachers work so hard day in, day out. Sometimes we are unappreciated for our efforts or the slight bit of negativity puts a damper on the day!

But I came across this quote and I think it is something we all need to remember:

Let’s not focus on the negativity. Let’s celebrate and sing along to the positivity instead!

The positives are much stronger than the negatives in this career! We need to make sure it’s heard more than anything else

Let’s make a difference.

#MissPinnock

The life of me

Early writing -AP Literacy part 2!

  1. So I recently blogged about my passion and eagerness to get started with all the things I have learnt through the training with Alison Philipson.

I feel like our ‘Theme’ subject in year one has had a great turn around. The children have formed simpler sentences and we have spent more time practising and creating actions for sentences before writing them down. This has allowed children to focus on remembering capital letters, full stops and finger spaces and we are just practising that non stop!

I also encourage children to use their environment to help them write. Including prompts and tricky words that are displayed on a working wall.

Here is an example of how the use of talk for writing has helped a child write independently:

We used talk for writing to create a recount of our winter walk.

As you can see, this child hasn’t constantly remembered to use capital letters and full stops but has attempted to use them in most sentences. This is a child that previously forgot to put them in at all without a prompt! This child has also done a brilliant job at using their phonics knowledge to spell words.

I think for the end of January this writing is great and I can’t wait to see the outcomes in July!

Many more writing outcomes to come!

I have also set up an assessment folder based on AP Literacy assessment. It gives a clear link to the National Curriculum and where a child is at if they are working towards, meeting or greater depth.

I am going to assess each child with this, noting down what they can do independently.

Keep a look out for more writing posts!

#MissPinnock

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Teachertalks…

I am very happy and thankful for the blogging community that I have managed to connect with in just over a month of creating a blog!

I have more exciting posts to come including:

Updates on teaching early writing skills.

Motivations and what keeps me going!

MA in education topics – more information based on reading and philosophy for children.

Teachers being reflective and how it helps!

I have also recently created a Facebook page and I hope to update my Pinterest with a range of exciting activities too!

Please like and share my Facebook page-

Teachertalks

Thank you in advance!!

#MissPinnock

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Arctic paintings

When I teach my class Art, I always try to take it as serious as I would for Maths or phonics. I think carefully about the skills children will need and how I can model the skills required.

Even though I am pretty rubbish as Art! I tell all the children that we are going to be Artists and we are going to take our time. After all practice makes perfect!

We have been working on water coloured paintings and I came across this painting from Pinterest. It links perfectly into our Arctic theme and it is so simple but effective.

The children painted their backgrounds and were so amazed by the colours red and blue being mixed together to make purple!

They then carefully cut out outlines of a polar bear and used a black pen to create the eyes and nose.

They then stuck their Polar Bears onto the picture.

I strongly encouraged expressing their own ideas in the paintings. That’s why each one is so unique! Some children chose to have more than one polar bear, while others mixed a range of shades of blue and purple.

I think 5-6year olds have done a great job! It was one display that was hard to select a fair few of, as everyone did an amazing job!

#MissPinnock