Archive for July 2012

After The Storm...

Today I would like to share an application that I have picked up this year that has been fantastic for behaviour management. It is called Class Dojo and best of all it is FREE!!! :)

This is a demo taken from YouTube but shows the features. I personally like it because you can set your own behaviours and children see it as a visual prompt and interactive. I have it on my Smart Board all the time. Plus name me a child that doesn't like monsters!!!

I have also found that you can incorporate the themes of Class Dojo into your everyday classroom using the monsters for name pegs, certificates and extra reward incentives. Recently the report feature has been added allowing progress to be shown to parents and senior staff. And to top it all of there is an app for your mobile so you can give praise wherever you are!!

Today's blog is brought to you by Mumford & Sons and After The Storm.

One Day Like This...

Towards the end of the year we had a visitor in school and got to get my hands on the Olympic Torch! This is a once in a lifetime experience and everyone was really excited!

To commemorate our school did a lap of the school with all children holding hands and passing the torch around aiming to have as many people touch it as possible!

The torch was brought in by Samantha Grundy, one of the torch-bearers in Wakefield nominated for her charity work. Below is a little description from the official torch site.
"Sam has a son Daniel with Cerebral Palsy and Downes Syndrome age 10 - when he was 3 she started a charity called SNAPS (Special Needs & Parent Support) in Leeds - this went from strength to strength with her raising all the funds to run various projects, swimming lessons for children with special needs - hydrotherapy, dance classes, summer schools, speech & language workshops - Snaps now provides services to over 200 children with special needs!"
 Below is some of the pictures of me I have instagrammed :)

Today's blog post is brought to you by Elbow and One Day Like This.

Don't Forget Me...

As it is my first post I want to reflect on this year of teaching. Its been manic leading to completing my first two terms of NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher status). I have loved my job so much and it has been a rewarding year getting to know the children in my Year One class as well as staff members and parents. The feedback has also been special and enhances my effort to be a really awesome teacher.

Been very sad to leave this bunch of children and I hope they now go on to bigger and brighter things having a successful year in Year 2 with their new teacher.

I have decided to name my blog posts after song titles. Today's is brought to you by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The Beginnings...

Hello there,

This is just an idea I have had that lets me catch up with parents and gives an insight to the goings on of life as a teacher. Feel free to ask any questions and I will try my best to help out.

Recently qualified as a teacher from Leeds Metropolitan University in Early Childhood Education with a previous degree in Computer Science. I am 26 years old and originally from Northern Ireland.

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