365 days in my shoes Day 90

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PASSION and being PASSIONATE

Are you passionate?

Passionate about your work?

Passionate aout learning?

Those who are, never work 9-5!!! Lol

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1.  To be successful, the first thing to do is fall in love with your work.
 – Sister Mary Lauretta

2.  Trust not what inspires other members of society to choose a career. Trust what inspires you. – The Lazy Person’s Guide to Success

3.  You are what you do. If you do boring, stupid, monotonous work, chances 
are you’ll end up boring, stupid, and monotonous.
 – Bob Black

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4.  I believe you are your work. Don’t trade the stuff of your life, time, for nothing more than dollars. That’s a rotten bargain. – Rita Mae Brown

5.  Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood . . . Make big plans; aim high in hope and work. – Daniel Burnham, American architect (1846 – 1912)

6.  You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. 
- Mark Twain

7.  A career is wonderful, but you can’t curl up with it on a cold night. – Marilyn Monroe

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8. I’d rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate. – George Burns
9.  I’m sick of people sittin’ in chairs stating their problems. Then we roll the videotape… then we have our experts on the topic… I’m in the ‘What’s next?’ phase of my career.  – Oprah Winfrey

10.  Never say anything about yourself you do not want to come true. – Brian Tracy, American Author

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11. If we resist our passions, it is more through their weakness than from our strength. – Francois de la Rochefoucauld, French Author

12.  The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else…The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career! – Earl Nightingale, Motivational Speaker

13.  The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.
 – George Bernard Shaw

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14.  If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful after all. 
- Michelangelo

15.  Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it. 
- Buddha

16.  If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting. 
- Katherine Hepburn

17.  My mother said to me, “If you become a soldier, you’ll be a general, if you become a monk you’ll end up as the pope.” Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.
 – Pablo Picasso

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18.  Passion will move men beyond themselves, beyond their shortcomings, beyond their failures. – Joseph Campbell, American Mythologist, Writer, and Lecturer

19.  Any human being is really good at certain things. The problem is that the things you’re good at come naturally. And since most people are pretty modest instead of an arrogant S.O.B. like me, what comes naturally, you don’t see as a special skill. It’s just you. It’s what you’ve always done. 
- Stephen Jay Gould, Evolutionary Scientist

20.  If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. – Michael Evans

21.  There’s nothing in the middle of the road but yellow stripes and dead armadillos. – Jim Hightower, Radio Commentator and Author

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22.  He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying. – Nietzsche

23.  Many of us have created lives that give very little support for experimentation. We believe that answers already exist out there, independent of us. What if we invested more time and attention to our own experimentation? We could focus our efforts on discovering solutions that work uniquely for us. 
- Margaret Wheatley, Author and Management Consultant who studies organizational behavior

24.  Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
 – Abraham Lincoln

25.  We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.
- Carlos Castaneda, Peruvian born American Anthropologist and Author

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26.  Desire! That’s the one secret of every man’s career. Not education. Not being born with hidden talents. Desire.
 – Bobby Unser, Retired Car Racer

27.  People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine.
 – Brian Tracy, Author

28.  A lot of fellows nowadays have a B.A., M.D., or Ph.D. Unfortunately, they don’t have a J.O.B.
 – Fats Domino

29.  What if “the hokey pokey” is REALLY what it’s all about?
 – Curtis Spencer

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30.  There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life.  – Federico Fellini, Italian Film Director (1920-1993)

31.  Would I ever leave this company? Look, I’m all about loyalty. In fact, I feel like part of what I’m being paid for here is my loyalty. But if there were somewhere else that valued loyalty more highly, I’m going wherever they value loyalty the most. – Dwight Schrute, from the television show ‘The Office’

32.  I am not young enough to know everything. – Oscar Wilde

33.  In fifty years, he never worked a day. To him, nine to five was odds on a horse. – Archie Bunker, from the television show ‘All in the Family’

34.  When you’re following your energy and doing what you want all the time, the distinction between work and play dissolves. – Shakti Gawain, Pioneering Author & Teacher in the field of Personal Growth

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35.  I like work; it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours. – Jerome K. Jerome, English writer and humorist

36.  Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable…Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

37.  Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot. – D.H. Lawrence, English Novelist (1885-1930)

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38.  Passion is the quickest to develop, and the quickest to fade.  Intimacy develops more slowly, and commitment more gradually still. – Robert Sternberg, American Psychologist and Psychometrician

39.  Passion kept one fully in the present, so that time became a series of mutually exclusive ‘nows.’ – Sue Halpern, Author

40.  They  may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. – Carl W. Buechner, Author

41.  We cannot be sure of having something to live for unless we are willing to die for it. – Che Guavara

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42.  Rest in reason; move in passion – Khalil Gibran, Lebanese American artist, poet and writer

43.  Throughout my career, if I have done anything, I have paid attention to every note and every word I sing…If I cannot project this to a listener, I fail.  – Frank Sinatra

44.  If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins. – Benjamin Franklin

45.  I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day. – James Joyce, Irish Novelist

46.  If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Wherever you are—if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time. – Joseph Campbell, American Mythologist, Writer, and Lecturer

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47.  I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career. You learn a lot from it. – Lou Holtz, American football coach and author

48.  If you wish to achieve worthwhile things in your personal and career life, you must become a worthwhile person in your own self-development. – Brian Tracy

49.  One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar. 
- Helen Keller

50.  The belief that you can have a meaningful career is the first step to finding one.  – Sean Aiken, Author and Creator of the One Week Job Project.

365 days in my shoes Day 89

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Are you getting your five a week in maths?

Although there is the good, the bad and the ugly in previous maths curricula as well as in the new draft, we have still found that some concepts need to be drip fed constantly. How do you make sure this happens and how is it mapped out?

We decided that there were 5 key areas we felt our children needed to have at their fingertips and the only way to do this was to create our own progression map. We have named it 5 a week and we agreed which 5 key areas were the most important to meet our children’s needs.

The five key areas we agreed upon were:-
1. Place Value and Partitioning
2. Doubling and Halving
3. Multiplication Tables
4. Number Bonds
5. Multiplying and Dividing by 10,100,1000 etc…

As a staff we began to map out our own levelled progression of each of these.

PLACE VALUE

Place value

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DOUBLING AND HALVING

doubling and halving

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MULTIPLICATION TABLES

Multiplication tables

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NUMBER BONDS

number bonds

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MULTIPLYING AND DIVIDING BY 10,100,1000 etc…

mul and divide

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These will always be working documents as staff will add to the resource bank of ideas saved in our shared area.

How will it work?

We have mapped in 15 minutes before every maths lesson. Mondays are place value, Tuesdays doubling and halving and so on.

The main thing is to make the learning high impact and low maintenance. Staff need to be able to teach effectively without having to plan and plan and plan. The learning will be very practical and hands on. It may involve some whiteboard work but it should be driven by the teacher and children and most definitely not death by worksheet.

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We have chosen to go down the route of layered progression and not year group progression. This is to avoid staff simply teaching the year group concepts as this is where gaps can appear. There needs to be constant drip feed and reinforcement so that children have these skills and concepts at their fingertips. They should come naturally so that they can be used and applied without thinking.

Staff with a teaching assistant can have two different ability groups working at the same time.

365 days in my shoes Day 88

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It’s Friday!

I think this week has to be amongst one of the busiest to date. When I look at what happened this week, I am amazed that I made it to Friday! Lol

But, it really has to be one of those weeks where it is definitely an ‘I feel good’ week! Without a doubt!

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Saturday was one of those days where the batteries were certainly recharged.

Sunday – @SLTchat #SLTchat huge consultation on the draft primary curriculum.

Great to see that @educationgovuk #DfE have actually responded to the tweets that bombarded their twitter feed on Sunday 24th March.

https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/02/13/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-44/

This is the storify of the evening.

http://storify.com/SLTchat/sltchat-draft-primary-curriculum-consultation-24

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I probably shut the world out on Monday and Tuesday and they were two very intense days. Only a discrete few were in the know about the nature of those two days.

Monday was day one of my interview for a new headship post.

It was a very fast paced, challenging and intense day. After a series of tasks and activities I received the phone call to invite me back for the second day.

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Day two of the interview was just as intense but not as long. Although, I think waiting for the final phone call is just as intense as undertaking the unseen presentation and formal interviews.

Those who follow me on twitter will know from my twitter timeline that I was successful and will take up my new post in September.

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It’s really hard when you have something exciting to share and have to contain your excitement at first. I was desperate to share to news with so many, including on twitter, but by the end of Tuesday I hadn’t been able to share this with my current staff.

It was delayed a little mORR as I had to attend a review meeting at another school Wednesday morning. My moment came at 12.10pm and was an incredibly emotionally charged meeting with my staff.

I don’t think anything could ever prepare you for the reaction you receive.

I had no idea that my own excitement would in fact be a major bombshell to my staff. There was an awkward stunned silence followed by congratulations and applause. This was followed over the course of the next 20 mins by individual staff passing on their own congratulations and the real emotional ‘biggy’ of ‘I’m so sad because I will miss you but it is exciting for you.’

A friend on twitter said to me, ‘at least it’s better than party poppers and flags flying’ and I suppose they are right.

It will be incredibly hard for me to tell the children and to say goodbye to the school.

I’ll need something to get through the leavers’ assembly!

I was able to share my news on Wednesday evening on twitter and my twitter feed went berserk. Such a fab feeling.

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There are lots mORR I could share, but my favourite tweet must be this one!!! Really made me laugh.

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Thursday was our last day before breaking up for the Easter holidays.

My day began with a fab mention on @classicfm @TimLihoreau with a piece of Mozart to kick start my day. Mozart is in the house.

I shared my news with other teams within my school – premises team and my lunchtime team. I was a little mORR prepared for the same reaction.

It’s the ‘feel good’ factor coupled with the ‘this is going to be so hard’ factor too.

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Today is Friday. I love it!

It has been an emotionally charged week and now I have two weeks  and a day to reflect, recharge, focus, prepare etc…

It’s strange now having a foot in two camps. My new LA have already been in touch less than 48 hours after appointing me to set the ball rolling so I am involved right now even though I won’t take up my appointment officially until September. This in itself is very exciting.

I am a list maker and suggested on twitter that the best kind of lists were a list of what you had done!

My challenge for the next term will be making that list of the things I have done in order to prepare for my new post as well as making sure I have prepared the way for my successor.

All is well and I do feel great!

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365 days in my shoes Day 87

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Are you an eternal optimist or a pessimist?

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“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
― Dr. Seuss

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“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
― Winston Churchill

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“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
― Anne Frank

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“There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers

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“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”
― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

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“What day is it?”
It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
My favorite day,” said Pooh.”
― A.A. Milne

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“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

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“It’s snowing still,” said Eeyore gloomily.
“So it is.”
“And freezing.”
“Is it?”
“Yes,” said Eeyore. “However,” he said, brightening up a little, “we haven’t had an earthquake lately.”
― A.A. Milne

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“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”
― Marcus Aurelius

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“You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down”
― Charles Chaplin

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“In this hour, I do not believe that any darkness will endure.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King

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“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

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“Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.”
― Helen Keller

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“The basis of optimism is sheer terror.”
― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

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“A pessimist is a man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.”
― Albert Einstein

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“Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.”
― Noam Chomsky

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“Optimism,” said Cacambo, “What is that?” “Alas!” replied Candide, “It is the obstinacy of maintaining that everything is best when it is worst.”
― Voltaire, Candide

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“Joy, not sorrow.
Laughter, not tears.
Life, not death.
Love, not blame.”
― Lisa Schroeder, I Heart You, You Haunt Me

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“Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day
who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.

Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with your old nonsense.

This new day is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Collected Poems and Translations

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“The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it he knows too little.”
― Mark Twain

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“Things are always better in the morning.”
― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

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“God surely did not create us, and cause us to live, with the sole end of wishing always to die. I believe, in my heart, we were intended to prize life and enjoy it, so long as we retain it. Existence never was originally meant to be that useless, blank, pale, slow-trailing thing it often becomes to many, and is becoming to me, among the rest.”
― Charlotte Brontë, Shirley

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“The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser – in case you thought optimism was dead.”
― Robert Brault

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“My own idea, for what it is worth, is that all sadness which is not either arising from the repentance of a concrete sin and hastening towards concrete amendment or restitution, or else arising from pity and hastening to active assistance, is simply bad; and I think we all sin by needlessly disobeying the apostolic injunction to ‘rejoice’ as much as by anything else.

Humility, after the first shock, is a cheerful virtue.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

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“Well, you can go on looking forward,” said Gandalf. “There may be many unexpected feasts ahead of you.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

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“The closed mind is a disease. You need to have an open mind; otherwise life will just pass you by.”
― Danny Wallace

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“Promise Yourself

To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.”
― Christian D. Larson, Your Forces and How to Use Them

365 days in my shoes Day 86

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Teachmeet #TMBlakes13

Oh, what a night!

Fabulous venue at Blakes Cafe in Newcastle and hosted by Simon Finch and Steve Bunce. @simfin @stevebunce

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Sitting chatting with Bill Gibbon early on in the evening having been shopping in Newcastle. Had to put the new pairs of heels in the boot of the car before wandering into Blakes. #guilty PleashORR

Brilliant atmosphere as the teachmeet begins to fill up.

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Blakes Cafe in Newcastle served amazing tapas style eats on wooden platters. Well worth a visit at anytime. Going to meet up with friend there during Easter holidays.

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Simon and Steve ponder the evenings proceedings!

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Sam up next waxing lyrical about @pedagoo #pedagoo #pedagoocarnival #pedagoofriday

Follow Sam on @beetlebug1

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Steve Bunce up next with an array of fabulous ideas, as always.

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Simon Finch showing us how to make simple folding books – an activity for those with good listening and spatial awareness!!! Lol

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We mustn’t forget the raffle and Bill Gibbon’s winnings – fifty sheds of grey!

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Operatunity knocks for those who wait!

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Simon taking a photo of me taking a photo.

Photo view through an iPad!

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So it’s over to him to me and to me to him etc…

Such fun with Simon and Steve – reminded me of this clip!

365 days in my shoes Day 85

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Fabulous teachmeet #TMMonkey at Monkseaton Middle School image

Very interesting evening with lots of fabulous ideas and resources to take away and apply back in the classroom.

Storify is here :- http://storify.com/cottiss77/tmmonkey?utm_source=t.co&utm_campaign=&utm_content=storify-pingback&awesm=sfy.co_jGdX&utm_medium=sfy.co-twitter

#TMMonkey We were all given a goodie bag at the start of the evening – it was a bit like giving children a party bag! Contained a Cadburys Creme Egg.

Rabbit di Nero kicked off with a fabulous introduction.

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A random name generator was used to select each presenter and I found myself up first!

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My presentation focused on the top ten blogs to follow. Equally these are great people to follow on twitter too. There are actually 17 as I found it hard to narrow it down.

https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/03/07/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-66/

Cat Findlay presented on WordPress and Amy-Leigh presented on SOLE. @Mr_Haines presented on Socrative and TAGXEDO. I even got my own special TAGXEDO. No holds barred here!!! Some interesting words collated, not for the easily offended!

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Using socrative we we invited to describe Michael Gove in three words and these were collated and then pasted into TAGXEDO. This was the world cloud!

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#tmmonkey Edmodo – keep an online record of students’ assignments. Set up different communities. People sharing ideas constantly.

#tmmonkey @JOHNSAYERS Using the question matrix. Great for planning. Deeper questioning = deeper learning too!

#tmmonkey @JOHNSAYERS Using the question plan with both open and closed questioning techniques. Pose, pause, pass and bounce!

#tmmonkey What is cross the streams? Pupils love using WeDo and NXT. Enthused about building things. Building in mORR than one context

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@JOHNSAYERS getting ready the ‘hoy’ the banana at Neil!

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Fabulous teachmeet monkey key rings.

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365 days in my shoes Day 84

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It’s Monday!!!

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BELIEVE

Yes! You! Believe in yourself!

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Do you really 100% believe in yourself? In your ability? In your own confidence?

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The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

Eleanor Roosevelt

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I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.

Audrey Hepburn

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Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.

Norman Vincent Peale

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Believe you can and you’re halfway there.

Theodore Roosevelt

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No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

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Don’t let people drive you crazy when you know it’s in walking distance. ~Author Unknown

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A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her. ~David Brinkley

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It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to. ~W.C. Fields

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If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. ~Vincent Van Gogh

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People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within. ~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

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I am not a has-been. I am a will be. ~Lauren Bacall

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Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong. ~Peter T. Mcintyre

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You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You’re on your own.
And you know what you know.
You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
~Dr. Seuss

Confidence is preparation. Everything else is beyond your control!!!

Richard Kline