365 days in my shoes Day 151

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It’s Friday!

How has your week been? How different has it been because it’s half term?

Did you do what you wanted to get done and still do something for you?

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Last couple of days of half term and then the final half term before the academic year ends.

Going to be a strange half term as I lead up to the end of eleven years with these kids. Amazing time!

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Had a wee mooch around East, Scorpio Shoes and a new little find just around the corner from me called Old and Interesting.

Ended up with something from each of those places.

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Also need a pair of strappy heels for the stage in June. Couldn’t resist these.

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Love days of mooching. Spent today in Newcastle, met up with friends, shopped and stopped off at Blakes Cafe too.

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Spending day with family.

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Friday! Off to Northallerton to have final rehearsal before concert tomorrow evening at the Forum.

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Interesting comment on May 31st calendar entry for the ‘woman who does too much’.

Can you list four things you have done for yourself this month?

Bring on the weekend!

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365 days in my shoes Day 150

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Developing physical dexterity and cross and fine motor skills for EYFS but equally in all children:-

Following some training at school focused on improving writing with an emphasis on boys we discovered Shonette Bason and DOUGH DISCO.

Shonette Bason

http://www.shonettebason.com/

BIO:- An experienced Early Years teacher shares her tips on taking EYFS children outside the classroom, and advice on making teaching and learning fun, in this pedagogy resource for the statutory Early Years curriculum.
Ofsted outstanding Early Years practitioner and CPD trainer Shonette Bason, shares her passion for the statutory Early Years outdoor curriculum, and gives advice to help others build their confidence in this area.
Shonette is joined by other Early Years and primary practitioners and gives hints on how to make learning fun and effective outside the classroom within Early Years Foundation Stage.

As a staff we were very taken by this. This included not only the EYFS team but equally staff in UKS2 who commented upon the poor dexterity of key children where they felt something was missing. I am anticipating an increase in ordering plastercine and ingredients for making play dough!

I’m very keen to take these ideas into my new school for EYFS.

Dough Disco

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These aren’t pictures of children I know but the excitement and engagement on their faces speaks volumes.

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Digit Dance

Free planning downloads with Shonette Bason

http://www.shonettebason.com/index.php/free-downloads

Published books by Shonette Bason

PIRATE GEORGE

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Pirate George is a mighty fine captain but he has a rather large challenge. Follow Pirate George on his adventures with his hearty crew and see how they solve his number challenges. The solution is out there, but where?

A great book for looking at the wholeness of 10, one to one correspondence of 10 and for making maths fun.

LEARNING OUTSIDE THE PRIMARY CLASSROOM

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This book is full of positive reasons for taking learning outside the classroom, explaining the neuro-scientific evidence which backs outdoor classrooms. It is full of activities, suggesting popular topics and giving ideas for using the outdoor classroom at little or no cost.

Outdoor learning is fun – this resource is an essential tool for anyone who wishes to implement a creative and exciting classroom for their school.

http://www.shonettebason.com/index.php/published-books

SQUIGGLE WHILE YOU WIGGLE

The long-awaited, kinaesthetic approach to stimulate early writing

✔ Proven to raise early writing standards in an active way

✔ Dance your way to success: lesson ideas certain to achieve Outstanding

✔ 100s of practical resources to implement Squiggle:

dance activities
resource ideas inside and out
weekly literacy plans
differentiated tools

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Shonette on twitter @ShonetteBason

365 days in my shoes Day 149

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Grammar quips, quirks, quotes, puns and pics!

Weekly words to the wise

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I never made a mistake in grammar but one in my life and as soon as I done it I seen it.

Carl Sandburg

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Grammar, which knows how to control even kings.

Moliere

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Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.
E. B. White

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Ladies, if you want to know the way to my heart… good spelling and good grammar, good punctuation, capitalise only where you are supposed to capitalise, it’s done.

John Mayer

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Sometimes with ‘The New Yorker,’ they have grammar rules that just don’t feel right in my mouth.

David Sedaris

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It’s like learning a language; you can’t speak a language fluently until you find out who you are in that language, and that has as much to do with your body as it does with vocabulary and grammar.

Fred Frith

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Grammar is a piano I play by ear. All I know about grammar is its power.

Joan Didion

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It’s perfectly obvious that there is some genetic factor that distinguishes humans from other animals and that it is language-specific. The theory of that genetic component, whatever it turns out to be, is what is called universal grammar.

Noam Chomsky

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Arguments over grammar and style are often as fierce as those over IBM versus Mac, and as fruitless as Coke versus Pepsi and boxers versus briefs.

Jack Lynch

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I got into trouble a while ago for saying that I thought the internet led to increased literacy – people scolded me about the shocking grammar to be found online – but I was talking about fundamentals: quite simply, you can’t use the net unless you can read.

Margaret Atwood

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Nearly all monster stories depend for their success on Jack killing the Giant, Beowulf or St. George slaying the Dragon, Harry Potter triumphing over the basilisk. That is their inner grammar, and the whole shape of the story leads towards it.

A. N. Wilson

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365 days in my shoes Day 148

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Blakes teachmeet May 23rd 2013

This teachmeet was the third held at Blakes Cafe.

@ChrisBlakey1082: Cant believe there is a regular teach meet at my favourite cafe back home #TMblakes13 if there is ever one on when im home im crashing it 😉

STORIFY

https://storify.com/RachelOrr/teachmeet-blakes-tmblakes13

Huge thanks to Simon Finch from Northern Grid for Learning. Will always work for PIE!

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If you haven’t been to Blakes Cafes on Grey Street in Newcastle, then you are missing a treat. The food is amazing and the atmosphere ORRsome!

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Mr B setting up and getting everything ready for the evening’s events!

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Raffle tickets being handed it by the most amazing Carol Allen!!!

Amazing prizes donated by TES SEN Bev Evans!

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Mine is sure to be a winner!

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Lots of answer collated through the ‘song’!!!

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We have our first #TMBlakes13 band!

Such fun and definitely have Van Gogh’s ear!

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@mto78: #tmblakes13 panic what am I going to say to sum up a eureka moment in one sentence to fit into a song aaaargh

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Dominic up next. Brilliant ideas!

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TodaysMeet – create your own room and chat live.

http://todaysmeet.com/

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Triptico

@AlySmyth: #tmblakes13 http://t.co/K6T6Zit7Tq decent tools including virtual hexagons.

http://www.triptico.co.uk/

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Keeping things at arm’s length!

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Punk prayers with Richard Donnelly.

Tait Coles would be in his element!

@travelgeordie: Thanks everyone for the critique warm and cool feedback. Authentic assessment ! #pbl #tmblakes13 @lisajaneashes http://t.co/oiSAkQFcgU

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Mark with amazing ideas for revision etc…

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Aly on using YouTube with short clips to explain concepts etc…

@mto78: #tmblakes13 love the idea of using YouTube channels to support revision @MrSmythMaths

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Ticket number 205 and Buck Rogers is in the house.

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What is a teachmeet?

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@stevebunce: Still can hear @RachelOrr ‘s Teachmeet song this morning – one for Teachmeet the Movie #tmblakes13 http://t.co/Nm9CndKEVW

Teachmeet The Opera!

NORTHERN GRID FOR LEARNING CONFERENCE

@simfin: Mark the date. Digitally Confident Conference http://t.co/53dQ1STZhf #tmblakes13 #ngconf

365 days in my shoes Day 147

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It’s Monday!

Bit of nostalgia!

PART ONE!!!

Do you remember these?

Couldn’t resist a bank holiday Monday moment back in time.

Chemistry lessons were always one of my favourite lessons during the week. Loved the practical side. I recall my chemistry teacher showing us how fire extinguishers worked by taking one apart and combining the chemicals inside to make the foam.

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I have never been one for chewing gum but I do remember the quirky flavours that appeared at one time.

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Love, love, loved the Pink Panther. However, Peter Sellars always made me laugh.

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First iPad?

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Janet and John books……….

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Top Cat, Mary, Mungo and Midge, Captain Pugwash, the Flumps etc……

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I seemed to remember having holes on the page when using this.

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The pull out poster from the middle and the attached free gift……

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When buying the first edition of the Star Wars trilogy did you buy standard or widescreen?

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It’s amazing how technology moves on from this to an iPod etc….

I do remember sitting poised with play and record on a Sunday evening listening to the chart show ready to hear if the song I wanted to record would be played.

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365 days in my shoes Day 146

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PEDAGOO SUNSHINE PART FOUR

Pedagoo quirky moments!

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Jim Smith (not the lazy teacher, Jim Smith!) and Jon Tait.
Great guys to follow! @jim1982 @TeamTait

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Great bunch to follow all day long through into the evening teachmeet.

@TeamTait @beetlebug1 @LGolton @Totallywired77 @JOHNSAYERS @kennypieper
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Great to meet Zoe Elder author of Full on Learning

@fullonlearning

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Popcorn machine on site as well as a hog roast and ice cream van for Mr Softy, flake and monkey’s blood.

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Cat Findlay, Kenny and Tait!

@catalinelechat @kennypieper @Totallywired77

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Hula hoops, unicycles and Joseph Swan amazing steel band!

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Jim Smith and I are going into shoe designing business!

Having met up in Bacchus and shared a second pair of heels for the day, Sam set DT teacher, Jim, the challenge of designing a shoe with a fish living in it!

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Here’s Jim’s prototype.

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Here’s the pair I like!

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MORR of the Hoff! (I did say there’d be mORR of this in another post!)

MORR than just a PE teacher, we have the Hoff.

As well as Knight Rider we have Sam’s desire (@beetlebug1) to dress up in American Football gear currently residing in the boot of her lift home after the teachmeet.

Unfortunately, poor Knight Rider’s car Kit was locked up for the night having missed the closing time of the car park. John Sayers to the rescue!

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However, this was seen in the early hours of the morning – a different kind of night rider!!!

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I have been promised a pair of these from Jon Tait and even the Hoff has been sporting heels!!!

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Pedagoo Sunshine part 1
https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/05/21/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-141/

Pedagoo Sunshine part 2

https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/05/23/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-143/

Pedagoo Sunshines Part 3

https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/05/25/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-145/

Storify https://storify.com/RachelOrr/pedagoosunshine-may-18th-2013-josephswanacademy

365 days in my shoes Day 145

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PEDAGOO SUNSHINE PART THREE

Pedagoo evening teachmeet

For those who make the daytime event at Joseph Swan Academy there was the opportunity to meet up in the evening at Blakes Cafe on Grey Street in Newcastle for an evening teachmeet.

There were many of us who were fortunate to attend both daytime and evening.

The evening was highly entertaining with a relaxed atmosphere all round.

The technical set up proved that you can be mORR than a PE teacher! (The Hoff has since become quite a little theme with puns etc… – mORR of that later on! Probably in part four with quirky highlights of the day!)

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We were treated to a variety of min presentations by several Pedagooers.

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Our sponsors for the evening with Lisa Ashes.

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A huge thank you to Lisa and her team for organising a brilliant Pedagoo event both through the day and evening too.!!!

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Jon Tait up next with amazing Skype work. Such inspirational work teaching and learning with students across the world using Skype.

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Although this was a private event and one for which you had to sign up, we were treated to a gate crasher intent on questioning everything. Proved to be quite an amusing highlight and continued talking point of the evening!

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Sam Bainbridge, still wearing her Kenny Pieper heart up next and sharing brilliant ideas with English students.

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Tait Coles shared some fantastic Punk Poetry with us @totallywired77.

Lisa and I hoped he like the Punk Prayers we came across at Thursday’s recent #TMBlakes13 from Richard Connelly.

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An evening won’t be complete without more reading thoughts from Kenny Pieper.

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Jim Smith shared his love of daddy long legs!

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Steve Bunce sharing adventure stories. Do you remember those books where you could choose what happened next by turning to a particular page? This was an electronic version. Brilliant!!!

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Martin Said delivered a brilliant music session supporting students identifying rhythm, beat, pulse but stripping back the layers of each timbre and tone in a piece of music. Love, love, loved it!!!

The evening Pedagoo band were roped in too. They too were brilliant!

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A day of rain but filled with such brilliant sunshine!

There is a Pedagoo Sunshine song out there somewhere!!!

Brilliant day!

PEDAGOO SUNSHINE PART ONE

https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/05/21/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-141/

PEDAGOO SUNSHINE PART TWO

https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/05/23/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-143/