Learning, Loves

Musical Beginnings at Oldham Music Centre: A baby and toddler class that builds musical foundations and beyond. Get moving and shaking with song, sound and stories.

The baby scene Now, I was never going to be very good at the baby scene, (from what I knew it didn’t involve the pub or a dance floor) but following a difficult time post birth with postpartum thyroiditis, I found it especially tricky to find classes and groups that suited not only babe but… Continue reading Musical Beginnings at Oldham Music Centre: A baby and toddler class that builds musical foundations and beyond. Get moving and shaking with song, sound and stories.

Learning

Ask Big Questions, Get Big Answers: Creating a culture of questioning in the primary school classroom using the ‘Philosophy for Children’ (P4C) approach, including stimulus ideas and useful resources.

Using the methodology Philosophy for Children (P4C) I had a mind-blowing moment, one of those little BIG things that drives you to teach. Having said that this experience happened long before I qualified as a primary school teacher, but it stayed with me and inspired me to place questioning and enquiry at the heart of… Continue reading Ask Big Questions, Get Big Answers: Creating a culture of questioning in the primary school classroom using the ‘Philosophy for Children’ (P4C) approach, including stimulus ideas and useful resources.

Loves

Marilyn’s Meditation and Yoga Retreat: A weekend of peace and tranquillity, in the beautiful setting of Malham. Read about the benefits of a meditation retreat and how to bring that inner peace to your daily life.

I quickly said goodbye to the week, jumped in my car and headed to the meditation retreat, singing (a rather smug) 'have a lovely weekend' to people as I went. Arriving at the retreat To get to High Trenhouse, a stone's throw from Malham Tarn, I drove down twisted lanes and through beautiful countryside. In… Continue reading Marilyn’s Meditation and Yoga Retreat: A weekend of peace and tranquillity, in the beautiful setting of Malham. Read about the benefits of a meditation retreat and how to bring that inner peace to your daily life.

Life

Postpartum Thyroiditis Survival Kit: Following the birth of my Daughter I had a difficult time with postpartum thyroiditis. Here I share what helped me on the road to recovery.

The journey to good health following my battle with postpartum thyroiditis was a strange and isolating one. It was also a time where I found out a great deal in terms of my own health and wellbeing. In this post I share the little things that helped me to get through postpartum thyroiditis. 1. Empower… Continue reading Postpartum Thyroiditis Survival Kit: Following the birth of my Daughter I had a difficult time with postpartum thyroiditis. Here I share what helped me on the road to recovery.

Life

My Battle with Postpartum Thyroiditis: Three months following the birth of my daughter I become extremely ill with postpartum thyroiditis. In a bid to help others I share my story here.

I have previously written about postpartum thyroiditis, but this was in the midst of it, when I naively thought I was through the worst. I wanted to share again, with a little more clarity and knowledge. Postpartum thyroiditis happens to up to 10% of women and, I have found, is not uncommon. Reading my story… Continue reading My Battle with Postpartum Thyroiditis: Three months following the birth of my daughter I become extremely ill with postpartum thyroiditis. In a bid to help others I share my story here.

Learning

Great Expectations: The impact of teacher expectations on children’s learning. How one boy raised the expectations I have of myself, as a Teacher in the Early Years classroom.

A boy in my Reception class quite quickly became known amongst the teachers as ‘that boy,’ the boy ‘who doesn’t listen,’ or even worse the boy ‘who can’t listen.’ Granted his behaviour and listening skills were a little tricky at times. Teaching numeracy with frequent interludes about what aliens might eat for their breakfast or… Continue reading Great Expectations: The impact of teacher expectations on children’s learning. How one boy raised the expectations I have of myself, as a Teacher in the Early Years classroom.