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365 days in my shoes Day 365

high heels and high notes

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It’s December 31st 2013. What a year.

On December 19th 2012 I posted my first ever blog post with a simply picture and one of my favourite quotes.

http://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2012/12/19/pink-sparkle/
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Having received a fab shoe calendar for Christmas I blithely posted that I would include a picture of every day’s unusual shoe with a blog. What did I let myself in for?

Well here we are, 365 days later from January 1st 2013!
1st January 2012 saw this http://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/01/01/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-1/

I recall hitting day 100 and receiving a comment from a head teacher saying they didn’t think I’d still be going after 100 days. That was 265 days ago. And here we are!

There have many highlights of blogging this year and too many to remember every single one in detail.

I suppose the best highlight has to be making new contacts and ultimately fab friends who have become real through meeting…

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Assembly – Positive

Teaching: Leading Learning

This assembly is all about New Year’s resolutions and is linked to my previous mini-blog about positive language. You can find the Prezi here.

You’ve got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative

Latch on to the affirmative

But don’t mess with mister inbetween

A little jaunty intro music as the students come in never did anyone any harm!

As the first assembly of the year, I begin by talking about resolutions. I refer here to Alex Quigley’s blog about forming good habits in New Year, New Habit? Tips for New Year’s Resolutionsand in particular this excellent graphic from Charles Duhigg’s ideas:

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Of course, I’ll use Calvin and Hobbes as well, as they always have plenty of good things to say about resolutions!

My resolution for 2014 is to accentuate the positive in everything I do. This will include the Bill-Rogers-inspired positive language pledge that I took…

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Macbeth – resources

Diary of a Distressed Dad

horde [hawrd,hohrd] (noun) 

A large group, multitude, number, etc.; a mass or crowd: a horde of tourists.

hoard [hawrd,hohrd] (noun) 

Supply or accumulation that is hidden or carefully guarded for preservation, future use, etc.: a vast hoard of silver.

One of the joys of teaching year 6 is teaching Shakespeare – it can be taught earlier (I’ve taught the Witches’ Spell in Y3 along with meter and rhyming couplets) and I know that my secondary colleagues love to teach some of the meatier texts in real depth. The last time I was in six, I taught Shakespeare, and predominantly Macbeth, as an extended topic. I have included some of the resources and planning below. It’s always difficult using somebody else’s plans and templates but it may give you an idea.

As ever, use & abuse, just leave a comment if it’s been useful (or not).

Macben.

The first 6 docs are planning sheets. The final 5 are PDFs which are available as Publisher docs if you want them. Check the links at the bottom too. 

05-02-13 poetry and reading test

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Highlights of 2013 and Hopes for 2014

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I’ve enjoyed reading several of these posts from other bloggers so I’ve decided to join in. I’m going to keep it to 10:10, instead of 13:14 – so I can keep it going in a manageable way in future years.

Highlights of 2013:

1. School Success

I’m lucky to work at a school like KEGS; we’ve been successful in lots of ways and this year we had our very best GCSE results which was exciting. We also had some wonderful concerts and other events, developed our provision in many areas and recruited some great new teachers. I tried to capture the essence of the school in this post: KEGS Spirit: A 2012-13 Sampler. It gives a flavour of the things that make working at KEGS such a joy.

I’m really pleased with the way our CPD processes are evolving and with the way we handled PRP. Our new Departmental…

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Commitment

Stack of Marking

One of my first teaching heroes never even became a teacher.

She was a colleague of mine on the PGCE course; bright, funny with wide eyes encased firmly behind some serious coke-bottle specs. She looked the part and acted it too. She did well in her assignments and, according to the people that she was on placement with, was a blast in the classroom. You sometimes meet people like that; people who you admire with their sheer togetherness. People you feel like you wish you were when you are scrabbling. People you might even feel a little jealous of if you’re being honest with yourself.

Then, about twelve weeks into the training, she quit. Just like that. Done.

Our little circle of prospective Educators Who Were Going to Change the World were flabbergasted. She was doing a hell of a lot better than most of us poor fools. We were…

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Primary Tweeters to follow in 2014

Ramblings of a Teacher

I’ve watched the #nurture1314 hashtag go from strength to strength, but it’s not really my sort of thing. However, as my end-of-year-review, I’m finally getting round to following up on @Samfr‘s excellent post on 75 education people you should follow. It was quickly noted when it was published back in early November that there were very few (if any) primary tweeters listed. That wasn’t because of some bias of Sam’s but rather because of the differences between his interests and those of most primary tweeters. I strongly recommend Sam’s list as a starting point for anyone new to Twitter in education.

I’m not going to attempt anything like a list of 75*, and just like Sam’s list, mine will be wholly subjective based on what has interested me during 2013. There are hundreds, perhaps thousands, more primary teachers who also use Twitter, but these are the people who…

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#nurture1314 – Living and Learning

Love Learning by Debra Kidd

I was reluctant to write for #nurture1314 in case I ended up producing one of those posts that reads like a smug round-robin Christmas Card – all I need to do is plop a picture of my adorable kids on the front and you can all vomit away. It’s been quite a year. Last year I did not use twitter. I didn’t blog and I didn’t know most of the people who will read this post. I was pretty much the same person, but instead of venting into cyberspace, I howled like Lear into the ear of my endlessly suffering husband. I suspect he’s quite glad I found twitter. So here goes…

Thirteen for 13

1. My new piano was delivered today. I learned when I was young, unlearned as I aged and promised myself that one day I’d relearn. The day has come.

2. I passed my doctorate. I…

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A year with cancer #nurture1314 @imagineinquiry

I’ve thought about writing this blog for a long time. Much of it concerns events that are very personal and not something I have discussed openly on Twitter. I decided very early on I would keep that part of my life off my timeline and not write about it in blogs. For that reason I’m not publishing this on either mantleoftheexpert.com or imaginative-inquiry.co.uk.

I’m still not really sure what the point is of writing it, but recently I’ve been reading the #nurture1314 blogs and they have made me reassess and reflect on my year and what happened to me. Maybe some people who read it might find it of interest and others, who find themselves at some point going through similar experiences, might find it helpful and informative. Anyhow, here it is.

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#nurture1314

Primary Ramblings

I’ve read so many inspiring and interesting #nurture1314 posts over the past few days; I thought I’d give it a go. It seems like a good way to start a blog, although I’m not sure I can begin to compare with some of the achievements and successes I’ve read on other blogs.

13 reflections on 2013

1. My lovely (and very tall) son managed to get himself good enough GCSE grades to do his chosen subjects at Sixth Form. This is all down to him, although I like to think my sporadic nagging had a little impact. I just hope he’s learned that a little hard work pays off and translates a “little hard work” into a “bit more hard work” for the next two years to get even better AS and A level results. I need to dedicate more time to helping him see that, and showing him how…

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