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A festive treat to say thank you!
2013 has been a remarkable year. Personally, there has been a lot
of change and my career has taken a new and exciting turn as I am now working
as a part time consultant. I cannot thank everyone enough for all their support
with this blog and through my twitter and facebook accounts.
It seems however for our profession of
teaching, it has been a tough year and one that has brought a lot of
unnecessary stress and negativity for many teachers. It seems a certain
education secretary, who shall remain nameless, seems adamant on destroying our
education system and in particular the confidence and enthusiasm of many
talented and excellent teachers.
My response, the video below which shows
my defiance against the negativity. The tradition of making these short
Christmas dance videos started as a little treat for some of the children we teach.
Since then, it has grown and is looked forward to by plenty of the children and
parents we teach. Even though our careers have taken different paths, we felt
that this shouldn't stop the tradition. Especially this year, I feel this may
go beyond a silly dance to entertain our students. Maybe this year, it is a
stand against people who are convinced on driving the fun and enjoyment out of
our profession. Yes we work incredibly hard, yes we work above and beyond but
at the same time we are human, we have a sense of humour and we don’t take
ourselves too seriously all the time.
I just want to use to say thank you to everyone who has shown
their support over the past year. Hopefully this may put a smile on your face
and please like, share, tweet, post a link if you want to share the message
that, in true Braveheart style - “Yes Mr
G, you may change our jobs but you will never take the spirit out of our
vocation!” Also a massive well done to my Stepson Callum, who I think you will agree, steals the show!
This week celebrates World Book Day (Thursday 6th March,) although I hoped to share these ideas a little earlier, I have been stuck in bed ill for the past few days so have been unable to do so.
However here are 10 ideas for celebrating World Book day using iPads. Well not all are strictly iPad based, but more incorporating some aspect of technology into your World Book Day theme.
1. Extreme Reading - This was something we did as a whole school last year. The idea is that you ask parents to take pictures of children reading in the most weird and peculiar place. We had over 200 entries and children really enjoyed creating and sharing their efforts. It really promoted how we value reading as a school and the two massive displays within the school reflect this.
2. Blog a Book Review - Fairly straightforward for those schools who blog, but get your class to choose their favourite book and blog a book review. Remind the children that when it is blogged it will be shared with a worldwide a…