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Relax, take it easy

Teachers have fantastic holidays, there is no denying it but the holidays are necessary to recharge the batteries. Relax, take time for you, catch up with friends and family, watch tv, eat chocolate, do things you enjoy. Whether you have teaching practice, the dip or just the usual stresses of the job to face in […]

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Be more organised

It’s nearly New Years. For me that  means New Years resolutions and as usual one of them will be to be more organised.  For school I use a notebook instead of a diary. (Although I also have a diary to put in important dates) a notebook works well for to do lists and is much better […]

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A child is first and foremost a child

Sometimes we get obsessed with labels and these can often be used to define who children are. At least 1 child in each class has a few letters after there name like ASD, ADHD, EBD, ADD, but we rarely think FUNNY, HAPPY, POLITE, KIND etc. Labels are great to help children access the resources they […]

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Raising Self Esteem

Since starting teaching I have worked with a lot of children with low self esteem who are afraid to make mistakes and have little confidence in their own ability. To combat this I always make sure that children know that mistakes are important – they help us to be better and we can learn a […]

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Snowflake

Art isn’t my strong point so when I first saw a teacher at school making these I never thought I’d be able to do it. However, they aren’t as difficult as they look. You need;6 sheets of paperScissorsStaplerSellotape First you need to make your a4 paper into squares. Fold one corner over to opposite side […]

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Board Game to Develop Social Skills

  I was interested in getting a board game to develop social skills and found some excellent ones for sale. However, due to budget restrictions these weren’t an option for me so I spent some time developing my own. The game can be seen above and is very easy to play. Here are the rules. […]

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Planning

Planning is one of the most time consuming parts of teaching. On teaching practice, many people stay up until all hours putting final touches to lesson plans and making resources. In resource, I manage to do my weekly planning in approximately 25 minutes a week. This is because I am very strict with myself and […]

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Weekends

The weekend is a time for relaxing, catching up with friends and doing fun things. Try to take at least one day just for you without thinking of school and lessons and resources. This will definitely make you a better teacher as you will be refreshed for the following week!!

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Salt Dough Decorations

Last week we made Salt Dough Decorations – the recipe is very easy and excellent for children who need extra support with gross motor and fine motor skills. The ingredients; 300g of plain flour300g of salt200ml of water1 teaspoon of oil Measure the plain flour (integration with maths) and salt into a bowl. Add the […]

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Cup Song

Tutorial videoI love the Cup Song and have used it ever since it first came out in the movie Pitch Perfect. It’s fantastic for many different musical concepts. I use these cups from IKEA. The above video shows you how to do the cup song. I teach the following sequence; Clap Clap Tap Tap Tap (on […]