Good morning everyone with all this snow I got that super exciting text from school this morning to say that it was shut and that I get a snow day. Yay! I was thinking about what to do with my day and thought I would start with a snow day blog post. Here you will find 20 things to do with your snow day, some are sensible and work related others are just great fun.
1 - Go sledging
Go and find your nearest hills and take that sledge out, it's great exercise too.
2 - Catch up on marking
This one is a bit of a boring one but I'm sure you have a huge pile of marking that needs to be done and I always bring it home and then take it back without finishing it. If you brought some home yesterday that you haven't done yet take an hour to do some and get it out of the way.
3 - Read a good book
Lots of us love reading but never have the time and with it being World Book Day tomorrow there's no time like the present. Get yourself a good book and get settled, you could escape to anywhere.
4 - Plan a trip away in the summer holidays
If you aren't a fan of the snow how about chasing a bit of sunshine, you have all the summer holidays so plan a little trip to look forward to. It doesn't have to be really expensive just a few days somewhere. Groupon have some brilliant deals.
It is really important to take some time out of your day to take some time to yourself and a good way to do this can be through exercise. In January I decided that I needed to do more to keep fit (I decide this every year, I've tested most of the gyms in my local area) so I was looking to see what other things I could do. I came across a local running group called Stride Out, they were just for women and were running a couch to 5k course. I was very nervous but joined anyway, I had another friend joining a family friendly one close to her at the same time.
I have found that this has been a total change from my usual effort where I quit after about two week and never want to go back to whatever class I have joined. We all started of just running 30 seconds and walking 30 seconds and now we are into week 7 and next week we will all be running the 5k.
I recently went for an interview where I was asked what I thought was meant by a fully inclusive classroom. For the interview I had to do a 5 minute presentation to people who already worked in a brilliant SEN department to share what I thought, so I thought I would also share that here as well.
GCSE and A Level exam time is fast approaching and if you are a teacher students in your school will soon be ready to sit their exam. This is also a really difficult time for parents who are trying to support their child to revise and to help them plan their time. I wanted to write this post to help with some revision ideas and advise that are generic to any subject and then I will also add some Maths specific advice.
Planning your time
Students should be aiming to do do 15 - 20 hours revision per week between now and their exams, however this should not be done in one solid revision session. The need to ensure that they are having a break of 5 minutes after every 25 minute session. I have a revision planner that is available to download for free with an aim to look at 3 subjects per day. These can be broken up with other activities in between and it is really important to include time to do those in order to reduce stress (exercise is great for that!). Head over to this page to download your planner and get started! Tutoring and Revision.
My degree was Psychology with Child Studies and during it I learnt a lot of different theories of learning one of which was Constructivism and Social Constructivism. This is not something that can work in every lesson for my subject, Maths however I have found some great opportunities to use it and I am going to explain how this is done.
First a bit of background information, Constructivism is the theory that rather than the learning of knowledge being teacher lead we actually use our own previous knowledge and build on it to enable learning to take place. Social Constructivism is building on previous knowledge with a group so you are discovering and learning together. The teacher therefore facilitates the discussions so that students are finding the information themselves then applying it to see if it confirms what they originally thought.
Teaching can be a really stressful job at times and we can have a lot of things that we have to do at home as well as having to stay at work late for parents evenings and other meetings. It is important to make time for yourself and to have hobbies to give you some time to relax and to look after your well being. Therefore I will be posting different ideas to try and things that I have tried. Here are a few suggestions to get you started even if you only aim for 20 minutes per evening:
The seating plan is something that I have just changed in my classroom. I have read lots of articles and posts from other teachers about what works best and different ideas. I tried four different ways before I found my favourite. Today I'm going to tell you about each one i tried, what I thought about it and why then let you know which I settled on.
I am a Maths teacher working in the UK. My blog started in February 2018 and I am using it to share ideas to help you in the classroom and to improve your work life balance. I also have some free course and resource along with my new tutoring agency.