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.
- 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!
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!
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Thank you in advance!!
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!
Tai Lopez is extremely motivated and successful. He shares his story of success through YouTube. I listened to a few of his videos as my boyfriend loves that sort of stuff! But I also shared the first part of his video in an assembly to motivate children.
Getting the children to see that the most successful people had to read.. lots! It got children thinking of what they want to do in life and how they can be successful too!
It also linked to having a purpose for reading linked to the real world.
Why is it important to read?
Tai Lopez https://youtu.be/24KnwTepKdU
This video is great to start off the discussion with children.
It really motivated the ks2 children to carry on reading!
As previously mentioned on my last blog post, I am trying to engage parents in reading with their children more. I have started to invite parents in on Monday mornings to listen to their child read for 10-15 minutes.
This has already started off great and children were really motivated when their parents were sat by their side in the classroom. Some children that are usually reluctant to read and really struggle were so engaged so it was great to see!
I would love you know what other reading strategies are good to implement in the classroom / whole school!
Please share your ideas.
I was lucky enough to participate in some training with Shonette, the lady that created spread the happiness.
I absolutely loved it! The energy Shonette has is great and I think the energy levels of children definitely rely on the energy given by the teacher too.
Shonette discusses how being happy impacts on children’s learning.
Every so often a phone alarm went off during the training, known as the dance alarm! This is when everyone stops and has a little dance.
How great would that be for the children? I would love to have a go at the dance alarm to lift children’s energy and happiness during different parts of the school day!
Shonette is well known for creating dough disco to help young children’s fine motor skills too!
There are so many activity ideas and videos for the early years on Shonettes website.
Take a look it’s great:
Shonette also discusses the term ‘Lemon suckers’ those members of staff that suck out your happiness! You may be in a great mood then something or someone just squeezes it out of you with negativity. Her advice is to write the names on a piece of paper and sing the song let it goooooo (we all know the tune) as you throw it out!🙈😂
I think this is a great idea! I think teachers always look at the bad. Look at what went wrong all the time but are hardly ever proud of what went right. Being acknowledged and appreciated for all of the hard work certainly makes my day! If all you hear is criticism you could easily think you aren’t doing a good job! ‘Let it go’ is definitely my motto after I come across any lemon suckers ☺️👌🏾.
Let me know your views!