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Comprehension Quickies – Book review

Came across this book a while ago. It’s an American publication but is fantastic to develop comprehension skills. Children have to read a very short passage on a high interest topic and then answer 7-8 questions. It is designed for ‘struggling readers’ but I think it would be suitable for all children – you could […]

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I’m finished… what now?

So you set a piece of work and while moving around the room helping individual children you notice 3/4 who have finished their work and are beginning to get a little restless. You had planned that the work would take them the allocated time but unfortunately you were wrong and you have nothing else prepared […]

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Back to school

I don’t know about you but it feels like I’m in a different time zone so far this week. I’m exhausted and it’s only Tuesday! I hope everyone is settling back in nicely to school.For me this week has been about getting back into a routine. I had a lovely relaxing time off over Christmas […]

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How to get through the Dip/NQT Year

Congratulations on your new post! It’s so exciting to have your own class and you will have lots of fun. It’s two days now before the start of term so I’m guessing the nerves have set in! First things first, breathe – you’ve trained for this! You can do it!! Some tips for the next […]

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Brain breaks

Brain breaks are essential for children during the day. They give children a break from the ordinary and gets them moving or talking and focuses their minds once again. Brain breaks can be used at any stage during the day. I find them great to use first thing in the morning to set the children […]

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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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