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.
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.
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.
As with everything life is what has brought me here, to this point, where I am tap tap tapping away at my keys.