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Ed Reform - by the book!

Started Apr 10, 2010 0 Replies

Read any good books? Prompted by recent tweets from @tomwhitby  regarding the big hitters in Education you would hope trainee teachers and those more season professionals should know, I started…Continue

Tags: Daniel, Abbott, Goleman, Howard, Gardner

Does size matter?

Started Apr 5, 2010 0 Replies

Many believe that class size has little to do with academic success, but primary education is about so much more that this. Smaller classes enable teachers to form better relationships, to cater for…Continue

Tags: are, we, not, building, robots

The Educators' Friend-CPD via Twitter

Started Jan 24, 2010 0 Replies

CPD is changing and the change is being driven by Twitter.  Tweeting is a quick way of gaining ideas and advice from colleagues across the globe. You have a question? Ask it on Twitter and get a…Continue

Tags: connecting, century, classroom, follow, friday

Parental Engagement

Started Jan 20, 2010 0 Replies

What do you do to engage parents in their children's learning? One of our most successful ways is through Learning Logs. This is a new way of aporaoching homework, it is creative and fun and children…Continue

Tags: education, learning, Parents

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Jan 17, 2011
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Aug 14, 2010
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A Night at the Museum - a Y6 learning journey

Our Year Six team were keen to get the children to look at other countries around the world. The children went away and thought about which cultures they would like to study. A cultures day was held for us at one of our partner high schools and a theatre group and dance troupe came into school to work with the children right at the beginning of the project. These 'entry point' events gave the children the initial stimulus they needed to kick start their learning. It was agreed at the outset…See More
Jul 28, 2010
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Jul 22, 2010
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Trailer: We are the people we've been waiting for

"I've seen a few clips of this recently and it's a powerful piece of work, well worth a look if you're interested in education, learning and the future. You'll wish politicians had seen it too!"
Jul 15, 2010
Michael Shepherd posted a video

Trailer: We are the people we've been waiting for

Trailer for Lord Puttnam's new film about education. Originally uploaded for a blog post at jamescross.org.uk, please note that I'm in no way connected with...
Jul 15, 2010
Michael Shepherd posted a blog post

The Risk Taking Classroom

I chatted with our teaching and learning group recently about the qualities of an effective learner. We were talking specifically about the need to be a risk taker. As teachers and leaders we work hard to ensure that classrooms are safe, secure environments where children are allowed to take risks, indeed they are encouraged. I asked the group if they felt this was the case and they confirmed that staff certainly encouraged them to ask questions, share ideas and make points. They said the big…See More
Jun 14, 2010
Michael Shepherd posted a discussion

Ed Reform - by the book!

Read any good books? Prompted by recent tweets from @tomwhitby  regarding the big hitters in Education you would hope trainee teachers and those more season professionals should know, I started thinking about my personal favourites.There are certain books I visit again and again:John Abbott's 'The Unfinished Revolution' is a fantastic source explaining where education has come from and where it's going.   Pete Senge's 'Schools that Learn' has a fantastic precis on the history of education and…See More
Apr 10, 2010
Michael Shepherd posted a discussion

Does size matter?

Many believe that class size has little to do with academic success, but primary education is about so much more that this. Smaller classes enable teachers to form better relationships, to cater for individual needs more closely and support children's holistic development. Whether or not academic results vary significantly shouldn't be our priority, most teachers would say it's morally wrong to have such scant regard for children's other needs. Please share your thoughts on whether size matters.See More
Apr 5, 2010
Michael Shepherd replied to Chuck Bell's discussion How to Balance Social Media Time With The Demands of School and Family
"My family are always on the laptops so it limits me somewhat! I use my iPhone to keep a check on things and share ideas via Twitter and my pln. Never seem to have enough time though!"
Apr 2, 2010
Michael Shepherd commented on Michael Shepherd's blog post Teachmeet – CPD for the 21st Century
"Thanks Drew. Hope things take off in a similar way where you are. We have one in Blackpool tonight and are hosting another at school in June. It's certainly gathering momentum."
Mar 16, 2010
Michael Shepherd posted a blog post

Teachmeet – CPD for the 21st Century

A growing CPD opportunity is spreading across the globe. It has gained momentum through twitter as users advertise meetings for educators in towns and cities around the world.Teachmeet grew out of people’s desire to share technology to support learning. Two minute andseven minute presentations allow ‘enthusiastic lurkers’ and fellow presentersto gain so much CPD in one evening that you would be hard pressed not to allowit to impact positively back at base! The evenings are advertised online and…See More
Mar 8, 2010
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Two approaches to parental engagement

We have made good use of technology to engage parents in their children's learning. Below are two key developments that are proving successful.Blog The school has two blogs. One was set up several years ago with the support of the SSAT and the other last year by one of our ICT Leaders(@mr_jim). The first blog enabled the whole school community to getinvolved in the life of the school, it took communication to new levelsand conversation beyond the school gate. The blog acted as a socialplatform,…See More
Feb 26, 2010

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A Night at the Museum - a Y6 learning journey

Posted on July 28, 2010 at 6:04pm 0 Comments

Our Year Six team were keen to get the children to look at other countries around the world. The children went away and thought about which cultures they would like to study. A cultures day was held for us at one of our partner high schools and a theatre group and dance troupe came into school to work with the children right at the…

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Curriculum Design 2010

Posted on July 22, 2010 at 5:54pm 0 Comments



Some questions to ask when planning

What does our pedagogy look like? What would you like learning to be like?

At a recent staff meeting we asked these questions and discussed how we had moved forward with the curriculum over the last few years. We made the decision a while ago to break away from the more…

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Curriculum Design 2010

Posted on July 22, 2010 at 5:47pm 0 Comments



Some questions to ask when planning

What does our pedagogy look like? What would you like learning to be like?

At a recent staff meeting we asked these questions and discussed how we had moved forward with the curriculum over the last few years. We made the decision a while ago to break away from the more…

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The Risk Taking Classroom

Posted on June 14, 2010 at 4:41pm 0 Comments

I chatted with our teaching and learning group recently about the qualities of an effective learner. We were talking specifically about the need…

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5 Top Digital Teaching Tools for Educators

Technology runs almost every area of our lives in various forms. We embrace technology not only at home, at work but even in schools. Incorporating new technologies into the classroom is the latest trend in this digital age. Thus, many educators have evolved their practice and now using new teaching style to promote good…See More
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The AEE Circle (Aboriginal and Environmental Education Circle) is a professional learning community (PLC) and sharing network of 340 educators, teachers, supporters and Aboriginal elders and leaders who gather to share resources, curriculum and teaching strategies that will help Canadian teachers integrate current cultural, environmental and historical contributions of our First Nations, Inuit and Métis Canadians into school curriculum. This Educator's PLN group is for educators and support…See More
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Keys to Change Leadership

Leading change to help school practitioners embrace not only technology in teaching but in assessment, grading, and outcomes can be a challenge. Systemic, meaningful change from an environment of rote learning to the collaborative nature in a 1:1 environment can be met with resistance. With his experience as an implementation change agent, Dr. Dillon served as coach, mentor and guide for school leaders and School Improvement Teams embarking on this change.As the picture of how to best support…See More
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I thought I'd eventually be out of a job.

I ask a student to attach a file to an email and I get a blank stare.I tell the class to open a new tab so they have two websites open at the same time and I have to show them how to do that a few times.I assume that since they are growing up with technology they naturally know how to use it, but I am shown on a daily basis that this is not the case. They know how to get to their game website and play till their eyeballs fall out, but when I ask them to find a file they created yesterday, they…See More
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"“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ― Nelson Mandela"
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