Walking into school today I knew right away something was not right. Call it intuition – or the fact that the cold air hit me as soon as I walked through the door. For reasons which hopefully will become clear tomorrow the heating had not been on. And as perfecting timing would have it theRead more about Challenging start to the week[…]
I have been covering for the Business Manager in the school for a couple of months now ( give or take a week or 3 when I was in New Zealand). It has not been without is challenges but it is one of the best experiences of my life. I was coming along the corridorRead more about Meeting my other half[…]
I am grateful to John Connell for drawing my attention to the results of a recent survey of parents in the US.Â According to the report “Eighty-eight percent of voters say they believe that schools can and should incorporate 21st century skills such as critical thinking and problem-solving skills, computer and technology skills, and communicationRead more about What do we want from our children’s education[…]
I took part in a seminar today – which was actually a surprise as I thought I was going to be in school all day. Never one to miss out on an opportunity to learn something new I picked a topic that I knew nothing about – nothing at all. One of the things IRead more about Sharing good practice[…]
I cannot start the day without eating a bowl of cereal. Good, slow release carbs to keep me going through the morning are a must for me. I have lost count of the number of people who say things like “I never have time..” or “I can’t face eating at breakfast time.” Each to their own.
I posted a while back about helping out in the Breakfast Club at school. Last night I went to the launch of an action plan to provide breakfast for every child in primary school ( 5-11) in Edinburgh sponsored by one of the main football teams in the city and a major insurance business. The purpose of their involvement serves both sides – gains valuable public awareness of their business links with the community and provides breakfast for children at no cost to their families. Read more AboutHow important is it to eat breakfast? …
Today I was responsible for the issues that are usually dealt with by our lovely administrator as she was away training. She has a great way of juggling the immediate needs of the children and the other competing needs from colleagues, parents and all sorts of other people interested in the school. She knows allRead more about Learning by doing[…]
We had a skipping teacher in school today. She worked with a group of older pupils and I sat in on theÂ demonstration they gave to the whole school. The energy of the performers was electric and the spectators were obviouslyÂ pretty impressed. I expect there will be a big demand for the skipping ropes tomorrowRead more about Learning to skip – old fashioned games turned trendy?[…]
I have had the pleasure of helping out at our Breakfast Club this week as the mainstay of the team is poorly. I am not as bright and bubbly in the morning as I am later in the day but being with the children as they get stuck into their breakfast has been a joy.Read more about School fuel and knitted cereal – the power of advertising to kids[…]
I have now been working at Forthview Primary School for 3 weeks and I am having a great time. I am on a very steep learning curve -that’s the point. I realise now that the nature of what is going on in a school means that you have to stop doing something and switch seamlessly to something else – all the time. That’s fun!
The biggest frustration for me is not being able to navigate my way round the sources of information available. City of Edinburgh Council is of course a large and widespread organisation and there will be access to more information than I will ever need. Maybe that is the problem.
The challenge with information sources – especially using the internetÂ – is to sift through what is there and get what you set out looking for.
Quickly and efficiently.
It’s just not happening for me. I can’t remember a time when I have pushed so many notes round and round without being able to actually do something with them! Read more AboutStruggling with the communication tools …