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/

365 days in my shoes Day 144

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It’s Friday!

How has your week been?

AND, it’s half term!

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Saturday was an amazing day spent at Pedagoo Sunshine at Joseph Swan Academy.

In fact the whole week has cened on making sunshine and the fact that we all do make our own sunshine!

SUMMERTIME

https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/05/19/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-139/

Pedagoo sunshine storify:-

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

Pedagoo sunshine blogs

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

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

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Monday – waved kids off on a residential.

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Rehearsals for this:-

http://www.thisisdurham.com/whats-on/some-enchanted-evenings-by-durham-musical-theatre-company-p686291

http://www.dmtc.co.uk/

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Wednesday – more music to rehearse for big concert in June.

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Thursday – ORRsome teachmeet at Blakes Cafes. #tmblakes13

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It’s Friday and the weekend begins here.

365 days in my shoes Day 143

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PEDAGOO SUNSHINE PART TWO

Pedagoo workshops

Storify of Pedagoo Sunshine

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

There was an amazing choice of workshops to attend and I wish I could have been to every on of them. The day allowed for four.

Jon Tait @TeamTait

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Jon shared a digital pic ‘n’ mix of ideas for use in enhancing learning.

YouTube – is it banned in your school?

Jon Tait blogpost on use of social media.

http://www.woodham.org.uk/edutait/

Skype – education.skype.com
A forum and a coming together of teachers around the world.
Sharing story of Olympic torch through Skype.
Educating people across the world.

QR codes
Free qr reader

Awesome screenshots plugin for google chrome – free plug in and take screenshot of any website, annotate it and save a jpeg.

Smore – using it as a magazine.

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Comic life- comics, tools etc.. Build a comic
Revision toons saved as jpegs.

Piktograph
Visual way of presenting information

Tagxedo copy and paste website in or document – makes a visual shape, key words

Triptico – free
Timers

Student selector
Free

Poll everywhere
Instant audits and feedback.

Jim Smith (not the lazy teacher!!!!) @jim1982

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toolbox of delights with Jim Smith – not the lazy teacher!
Skittle in your mouth

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Satisfactory teaching is like holding your nose with a skittle in it. There isn’t anytaste at all. Now try opening your mouth with skittle in it and suddenly this is what outstanding teaching tastes like.

What caused people to own a mobile phone?
Higher order thinking HOT QUESTIONS

Ask an expert
How to cards? How would you use it  in your subject area?

Effective questioning

Using post its and lesson target

Lucie Golton @LGolton @BunnyScience

Active learning!
They do more you do less

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Find someone
Find another person to retrieve answers to questions and build up by asking more and more people for the answers

Accept, reject or ask for clarification

Set questions and answers to use for assessment purposes and act upon feedback and be able to focus direct teaching, especially for revision.

Discuss and debate. Students supporting each other with peer teaching.

Assessment for learning at the beginning of a lesson or topic.
Revision for topics.

Blanks at the start identify areas for teaching.

Purple elf blog. http://purpleelf.edublogs.org/

Quiz quiz trade
Cooperative  learning activity
Give child card and ask another pupil the question.
Ed excel science cards on the blog.
Kids up and moving

Science sperm cell fluffy cards around room

Getting the children to do the work and not chalk and talk.

Foldables

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Kenny Pieper @kennypieper

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Reading reading reading reading

An amazing session with Kenny.

zoe elder
@fullonlearning
Need to SHOW pupils what a ‘reading life’ looks like @kennypieper #pedagoosunshine

10mind EVERY day for EVERY pupil to develop a habit of personal reading @kennypieper a #marginallearninggain to strive for #pedagoosunshine

Rachel Orr
@RachelOrr
@kennypieper Give kids choices and get involved in recommending good books. Pull them in and share passion for reading. #pedagoosunshine

Rachel Orr
@RachelOrr
Creating a culture where children read for a lifetime. Passion for reading with @kennypieper #pedagoosunshine

Rachel Orr
@RachelOrr
“@fullonlearning: ‘Reading as if my life depended on it’ @kennypieper inspires at #pedagoosunshine” Love it! ORRsome.

Sam
@beetlebug1
About to be wowed and amazed by the legend that is @kennypieper High expectations. Love hearts at the ready ;0) #pedagoosunshine

#pedagoosunshine @kennypieper Which book are you reading or have just finished? pic.twitter.com/IgaSQSudFA

John Sayers shared fabulous resources for developing questioning skills.

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More fabulous workshops delivered by:-

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

PART THREE will feature the evening Pedagoo Sunshine teachmeet at Blakes Cafe in Newcastle.

PART FOUR will feature interesting snippets of the whole day!

365 days in my shoes Day 142

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Mid week grammar quips, quirks, quotes, puns and pics!

MIND YOUR PS AND QS!

It’s what is known as ‘hump day’!

MORR to make you smile.

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I thought I saw an eye doctor on
an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian

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No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll
still be stationery.

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A small boy swallowed some coins and was taken to
a hospital. When his grandmother telephoned to ask how he
was, a nurse said ‘No change yet.’

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If a person
spouts bad puns all day long, what should happen to him.

He should get
Capital Pun…ishment!

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A pun, or
paronomasia, is a form of word play that deliberately exploits an
ambiguity between similar-sounding words for humorous or
rhetorical effect. Such ambiguity may arise from the intentional
misuse of homophonical, homographical, homonymic, polysemic,
metonymic, or metaphorical language.

By definition, puns must be deliberate; an involuntary
substitution of similar words is called a malapropism.

Samuel Johnson disparagingly referred to punning as “the
lowest form of humour”. Punning has been used by writers
such as Alexander Pope, James Joyce, Vladimir Nabokov, William
Shakespeare (who is estimated to have used over 3,000 puns in his
plays), John Donne, and Lewis Carroll.

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“A good pun may be admitted among the smaller excellencies
of lively conversation.”

**James Boswell**

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“Hanging is too good for a
man who makes puns; he should be drawn and quoted.”
Fred Allen

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“Immanuel doesn’t pun; he
Kant.” — Oscar Wilde

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“A man sent a list of ten
puns to a friend, hoping at least one would make him laugh.

No pun in ten did.

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Two antenna met on a roof, fell in love and got married. The ceremony wasn’t much, but the reception was excellent.

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Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says “I’ve lost my electron,” The other says, “Are you sure?” The first replies “Yes, I’m positive.”

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Two peanuts walk into a bar, and one was a salted.

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“Doc, I can’t stop singing ‘The Green, Green Grass of Home.’”
—“That sounds like Tom Jones Syndrome.”
—“Is it common?”
—“Well, It’s Not Unusual.”