Choice Driven Story

As so many schools are covering the Olympics and Greeks this term I have been playing with an old idea to support literacy work. I was a great fan, many years ago, of the Fighting Fantasy books and have enjoyed working with pupils on developing choice driven stories. I have developed a story in PowerPoint so […]

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Is this gamification?

  As someone who has worked for years trying to make the teaching of writing as engaging as possible, I have been fascinated looking at work taking place around the globe looking to bring gamification to the classroom. Reading the engaming blog has a this from  Deterding, Dixon, Khaled and Nacke  who define gamification as “the use of […]

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#CampEd12

              In September 2011 a group of tweeps engaged in a chat about the deficits of the present conference / CPD model which then moved onto dreaming about how good a DIY conference could be.  Tim Rylands suggested that we could use his shed to host it and so #Shedfest […]

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The Three Little Pigs (Modern version)

This advertisement for The Guardian appeared this week and made me think about how it could be used with Primary aged children. This approach to the story could lead to discussions about other stories and how they would be presented in the modern press. How would the press treat Cinderella or Hansel & Gretel?

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Training day

On Wednesday 7th March I held a training day with John Jefferies on the use of Web 2.0 applications and blogs in the Primary classroom. This post is designed to  a place to keep my notes for the day and links for each of the sessions.  I have written an article for the Primary News […]

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So what is GBL?

Yesterday I attended #tmplay at Beaumanor Hall in Leicestershire which was organised by Mike McSharry and Emma Dawson.  I am a great fan of teachmeets and, as usual, it was a treat to meet old friends and make new ones. You can see all of the presentati0ns here which were filmed by Sarah McSharry. As ever the […]

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Mmmm Minister

Yesterday I submitted questions to the TES website as they had announced that Minister of State for Schools Nick Gibb would answering question for an hour about ‘how we can encourage children and young people of all ages to read more books’. This was to mark the launch of a National Schools Reading Competition which will […]

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Models of derision

This morning I woke to the news that the new Head of OFSTED, Michael Wilshaw, had made another new pronouncement on the quality of teaching and leadership. One section from the Sunday Telegraph article included Sir Michael Wilshaw said he wanted “less tolerance of poor leadership,” adding “everything flows from poor leadership, that just has […]

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Gove’s speech at BETT

    This morning I awoke to the news on Radio Four that Michael Gove had a significant announcement to make at the BETT show in London around the teaching of ICT.  I always find it interesting when Gove talks about ICT because the first eighteen months of his tenure as Secretary of State have […]

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The Plenary

I took part in a discussion on Twitter in response to posts by Kevin McLaughlin who was describing his approach to teaching in 2012 where 2012 will be the year that my planning is based on what every child in my class wants to learn, open classroom learning and no timetable. Kevin is an inspirational teacher […]

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