Don't Waste Time Commuting. I have recently gone from a commute of less than 20 minutes walk to over an hours drive each way. That has led to me wanting to find ways to make use of that time. Here are 7 suggestions to use the time you spend commuting more productively. Turn Netflix into… Continue reading 7 Ways to Harness the Potential of Your Commute
Writing Better Blogs: Evaluating Mine I strive to ensure my education blogs are as informative as possible and are not littered with spelling mistakes. I am not the best speller, autocorrect is my friend and as a teacher, I have a phobia of writing on the board in case of mistakes. For the last week,… Continue reading Writing Better Blogs
Seeing as my most popular post is Star Wars quotes I thought why not tap into the force and write a post on Using star wars toys, games and lightsabers in the classroom. All these have links to the products but my favourite way to gather resources is to ask fellow Jedi teachers/friends to remember my little rebel alliance when having a pre-Christmas clear out.
One of the most interesting things I found on the Twinkl site was the "create" feature, this allows you to build a range of resources from displays to interactive games to worksheets. Now I'm not the biggest fan of a worksheet but with a bit of laminating they can easily turn into a folder task. I hate seeing folders of random sheets that all use different fonts imagery etc. If I am creating a pack for a topic it is much better that all the resources have a common look and feel. It just looks more cohesive and planned.
Online Safety is essential. This is not up for argument. But what are the risks for children with special educational needs?
Graphic Design Apps for Teacher Graphic design for teachers, or at least those of us not blessed with artistic talents used to be limited to choosing Comic Sans or Times New Roman for worksheets. Now thanks to the wonders of modern technology we can use a range of tools to create engaging and interesting visuals.… Continue reading 6 Apps for Creative Teachers.
This is an extract from the presentation I gave at The Bett Exhibition on the 22nd January 2016. Links to the original Wellbeing Curriculum posts: Part 1 Part 2 It is our job to remove barriers to learning, in online safety it is often the curriculum that forms a barrier to meaningful learning. The fact… Continue reading The Wellbeing Curriculum: Bett 2016
There are many ways to make a learning space more engaging, one of the quickest and most versatile is... the teacher. Running a close second is by using technology. In terms of interactivity specialist sensory room equipment cannot be beaten, it is hard wearing and well designed. However it is quite expensive. An effective sensory room is… Continue reading iPads in the Sensory Room
Always on the lookout for computing technology that is accessible and engaging to all my students I invested in 1 Ozobot. A small programmable robot. It is, I would say the simplest device I have bought to support our computing curriculum, In less than 5 minutes I had it running around the maze supplied with… Continue reading Inclusive Classroom: OZOBOT