365 days in my shoes Day 212

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MORR midweek grammar quips, quotes, quirks, puns and pics….

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A mnemonic for remembering how many days are in each month.

Thirty days hath September
April, June and November.
All the rest have thirty-one,
But February, it is great
And brings to us twenty-eight,
Unless it steps out of line
And brings to us twenty-nine (leap year occurs every four years. The next one occurs in 2016).

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“When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking.”
This means that when there are two vowels in a row, the first usually has a long sound and the second is silent. That’s why it’s team, not taem; coat, not caot; and wait, not wiat. Remembering this rule will help you to put vowels in the right order.

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Stationary v stationery

Here’s a mnemonic done in rhyme: Everything around him was scary so the canary stood stationary. Scary, canary, and stationary rhyme and end in ary.

I often remember that an envelope is stationery and starts with ‘e’.

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Foul vs. Fowl
It may be helpful to remember that the word fowl—birds raised with the intent to be used as food—contains the word ‘owl’. Since an owl is a bird and since the word fowl contains the word owl, associating it in this way may help you remember to write the word fowl and not foul when referring to birds.

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Complement v compliment
Since by definition, complement means that which makes something complete, it may be helpful to associate the two e’s in complete with the two e’s in complement. Or, since the word compliment contains the letter ‘i’, it may be helpful to associate the ‘i’ in compliment with the word ‘I’ which you use when referring to yourself. Remember, people give compliments.
Here’s a sentence to help clarify things: I like to give compliments because they make people happy or I must pay you a compliment. The blue necktie you are wearing complements the rest of your outfit.

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Here v hear
When you remove the ‘h’ in hear you are left with the word ear. As you know, your ear is what allows you to hear. You hear with your ear.

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Sunday v sundae
By definition, Sunday is the first day of the week. When referring to the days of the week, it may be helpful to remember that Sunday has the word day in it. Also, to remember that Sunday is considered the first day of the week, remember that sun rhymes with one.

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Dessert v desert
Since each word is pronounced the same way (di-zurt), a helpful way to remember the difference between desert (to abandon) and dessert (a sweet food served after a meal) is as follows: Oftentimes, people crave seconds when it comes to dessert. Notice that dessert contains two s’s, whereas desert contains only one (it abandoned the other ‘s’). Also note that the word ‘seconds’ contains two s’s. Next time you eat your favorite dessert, remember how happy you’ll be if you are allowed to have seconds.
Note: Desert (an arid, mostly barren region) is pronounced dez-ert.

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DR ABC is a mnemonic for remembering what to do if you encounter a person who is unconscious. Danger, Response, Airway, Breathing, Circulation. Take the first letter of each word in the order given and you have DR ABC

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365 days in my shoes Day 211

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Moving into new school officially and properly today. Having
spent last week sorting out my office at current school I have removed everything that belongs to me and, hopefully, left the office ready for someone new to move into. A login for head teacher computer and all documents safely stored in named folders and a list of users and passwords for Raise, OFSTED, NAA etc…

I hadn’t been able to contemplate sorting my new offices; yes, you did read that correctly; more on that later; until I had ‘left the building’ from my current school’s office. I still have keys to Shotton as I am still in charge up until the end of August. I also want to see all the vision be one reality with the technology and also the outdoor learning and play developments – I’ll be first to attack this log stack and the trim trail when completed.

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I had been able to deposit a lot of my boxes and bags a couple of weeks ago in one of my new offices. The school has two sites separated by a road with a crossing. One site hosts EYFS and KS1 and the other site has all of KS2 all two form entry. It’s all very exciting.

As there hasn’t been a head teacher since Easter, my new deputy, currently acting head, suggested I bring some of my things and left them in the corner of the room, little did she know what she would face when I landed.

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The cupboard at the back needed some serious attention as I could hardly get the door open.

I am nowhere near finished. It has taken 5 hours to sort what was in the room originally and ‘file’ anything pre 2008 in the usual black filing ‘cabinets’.

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This is about half way through. I can’t show you any after pictures as yet as I’m not there!

This simply has to be some before shots and then the big reveal later on.

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Gym won’t be necessary this evening after the weight lifting etc… from today.

It was great to see staff in having good clear outs and sorting too.

New caretaker commented upon my whirlwind pace – is there another? Lol

Hoping to finish this office tomorrow and leave it ready for serious business at the start of term.

We are a church school and this will be reflected in my office style too.

In the EYFS/KS1 department the office is significantly smaller but will house all my books and resources pertinent to the department. I’m lucky in the fact I have 2 computers fully networked so I can access information all round.

Here’s to the big reveal. I hope all my things will actually fit into both rooms. You forget are 21 years how many books you have collected. I’m not a hoarder but I simply refuse to get rid of any children’s books.

365 days in my shoes Day 210

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It’s Monday.

A day to think.

Live a life worth living!

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Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.

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Life is a ticket to the greatest show on earth.

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The healthiest response to life is joy.

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The miracle is not to fly in the air, or to walk on the water, but to walk on the earth.

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What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but, scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.

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The moon belongs to everyone,
The best things in life are free,
The stars belong to everyone,
They gleam there for you and me.

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Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.

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Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.

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Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, a touch that never hurts.

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Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

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When one door of happiness closes, another opens; But often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.

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Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.

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Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is bliss, taste it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.

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If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.

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365 days in my shoes Day 209

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Exploring core values of church schools. (information collated from a variety of sources)

FRIENDSHIP

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Friendship is an undisputed value in our society, with children often spending more time with their friends than with family. It is a key concept in the Christian framework, with Jesus being criticised for being ‘the friend of sinners’ and eating with those whom society rejected.
Sharing a meal with someone is an explicit sign of friendship and the word ‘companion’ literally means ‘one with whom you share bread.’
Jesus tells stories of the heavenly banquet to which all are invited. The barriers between people are broken down in a loving community around God and Jesus had stern words to say to those who refused to recognise that all are included in this community of friendship.

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The Bible has many sayings about friendship:

‘A friend loves at all times.’ (Proverbs 17:17)
Friends are not afraid to tell each other the truth and a friend’s loving criticism is worth more than the empty compliments of someone who does not really care for you.

‘Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.’ (Proverbs 27:6)

The writer of Ecclesiastes puts it very simply: ‘if one falls down, a friend can lift him up’. (Ecclesiastes 4:10)

The friendship of David and Jonathan is very strongly emphasised in the Bible, Abraham is described as the friend of God (James 2:23) and Jesus explicitly calls his disciples not servants but friends (John 15:14 – 15).

Trust, feeling comfortable in each other’s company, being able to share joys and sorrows are all features of friendship and these are things of immense value. True friendship enables each person to grow and ensures that the unique individuality of each person is recognised. All this echoes the value placed by God on the preciousness of each person.

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Hymns like ‘What a friend we have in Jesus’ point to a relationship that is at the heart of Christian believing. Knowing that God is our friend is to recover something of the acceptance and close companionship that people of all ages need and crave.

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Proverbs 27:9
Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of one’s friend springs from his earnest counsel.

Luke 7:34
The Son of Man (Jesus) … a friend of tax-collectors and sinners.

John 15: 13-14 (Jesus’ words at the Last Supper)
‘Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.’

John 15: 15
‘I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.’

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What should we be looking for in our schools?

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Ethos
• What are the signs that your school is a friendly school? How do you ensure that this is everyone’s experience?
• What guidance and strategies are pupils given for making and maintaining friendships?
• How do older pupils support younger pupils in the school?

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Worship
• How might the pupils’ own experience of friendship be used to help them to understand what it means to call God or Jesus their friend?
• How might you use examples from Jesus’ life to develop and challenge the pupils’ understanding of friendship?
• How are pupils helped to reflect upon the demands and responsibilities of true friendship?

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Curriculum
• Where in the curriculum are there opportunities to consider models of sound and strong friendship? What texts and other resources do you use?
• What opportunities are there to build friendships with those in other schools both locally and abroad?
• How do you encourage informed and critical reflection on the role of the internet in relationships in the 21st century – both its dangers and the opportunities it offers?

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Leadership
• As a leader in the school, how can you show friendship to all school members whilst maintaining a professional distance and impartiality?
• What structures are there in school that help to ensure that no child lacks a friend?
• How do you offer constructive criticism in a way that ensures that it is given and received in a spirit of friendship?

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365 days in my shoes Day 208

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My last day with the kids at Shotton Primary School…..

What a day!

We generally have staff briefings at 8.30am on a Friday morning just to catch up on any business that affects the following week. If it can be done in a memo or email then we don’t meet for meetings’ sake. Equally, we try not to use staff meeting time for this updating of information as it eats into staff time.

On my last day I shared a slideshow of photos celebrating the entire year through the children’s eyes.

The music accompanying the slideshow was:-

And….

And….

Definitely a GOOD, BETTER, BEST. NEVER LET IT REST UNTIL YOUR GOOD IS BETTER AND YOUR BETTER, BEST!

The mORRning saw and endless stream of kids knocking on my door and spoiling me rotten. Never have I seen so many wonderful and incredibly thoughtful gifts. It was so hard to keep my composure and not let the tears flow at 9am. I have been really privileged to be head teacher to such an amazing bunch of kids. Nothing else matters.

Cards and gifts:-

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You can see there is a theme running here. Lol

By lunchtime I could no longer see my desk.

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Governors had been invited to a buffet lunch with all the staff as there were several presentations to be made.

I presented to three staff who were getting married, 4 leaving, one retiring, a maternity leave and then it was my turn.

Chair of governors spoke and brought me right to the edge of tears. Really struggled to fight them back, however, I was determined my waterproof mascara would not need touching up.

I received Pandora gifts to add to my collection as well as a very well thought out gift. My new school is Holy Trinity Rosehill VA CE Primary School.

You can see why the gift is so apt.

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I have lost count of how many bottles of pink fizz are now sitting in my wine rack, fridge or airing cupboard (overflow wine store).

As lunchtime ended I was summoned to the main entrance to be greeted by this…..

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It is amazing. I’d love to keep the top of it.

Those of you who know me well enough will cry, wheat allergy alert! I know.

It is currently sitting in my freezer and will make an appearance on my first day at my new school. Goodbye and hello all in one moment! Love it. Couldn’t think of a better way to share it.

The afternoon started with a special assembly. Each class had something to share from poems, raps, songs and even a fashion show.

These are the most amazing shoe designs by year one kids just for me. If every design could be made into the real deal, I’d have every pair. They are truly amazing and I will have to display them on the wall in my two new offices.

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I was presented at the end of the assembly with the most amazing flowers and fabulous picture.

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I didn’t have a leaving speech written and had always intended to have the last word, or rather, the last note.

I sang an operatic aria to my kids https://soundcloud.com/rachel-orr/o-mio-babbino-caro

Time to make a memory.

Following this assembly I was escorted to my room along with three governors who were told not to let me out.

Half an hour later I was invited outside to our outdoor quadrangle we call the Peace Garden to be greeted by my very own string quartet playing an hour of Mozart accompanied by fizz and strawberries. It was totally ORRsome!

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Definitely a moment where MOZART IS IN THE HOUSE!

365 days in my shoes Day 207

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It’s Friday!

First week of holidays – what did you get up to?

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Spent first day of hols with fab company and a BBQ.

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Monday – special dedication #mORRMozartMonday for me by Tim Lihoreau on Classic FM.

I was invited to a special songs of praise service at my new school. It was so lovely to be greeted with a cheer from the children. Can’t wait for September – although I’ll not want to wish the holidays away just quite yet!

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Mum and Dad’s 47th wedding anniversary!

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Spent the day in my little piece of heaven.

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Thursday – Mum’s birthday.

Lunch out and fizz all round!

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Today, popped into current school since I am still HT until end of August. Trim trail going in nicely! Kids are going to love it when they return. Legacy!

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365 days in my shoes Day 206

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1970s nostalgia

Term has ended for all primary schools. Having spent all my primary years in the 1970s, here’s a bit of a blast from the past with quotes that were popular in the seventies.

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Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you.

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Don’t frown. You never know who is falling in love with your smile.

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A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.

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If you knew the difference between good advice and bad advice, you wouldn’t need advice!

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There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is.

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I ask you to look both ways. For the road to a knowledge of the stars leads through the atom; and important knowledge of the atom has been reached through the stars.

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What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.

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Experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you.

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Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

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The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible–and achieve it.

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Experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you.

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Don’t cry when the sun is gone, because the tears won’t let you see the stars.

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If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.

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Science is organised knowledge. Wisdom is organised life.

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It is difficult to see the picture when you are inside the frame.

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Regard your good name as the richest jewel you can possibly be possessed of – for credit is like fire; when once you have kindled it you may easily preserve it, but if you once extinguish it, you will find it an arduous task to rekindle it again.

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Who, being loved, is poor?

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Actors are the opposite of people.

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Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy, for it means pushing back a boundary-line and adding to one’s liberty.

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No one wants advice — only corroboration.

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365 days in my shoes Day 205

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Midweek grammar quips, quirks, quotes, pics and puns…..

Palindromes……..

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Do geese see God?

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Was it Eliot’s toilet I saw?

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Some men interpret nine memos.

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Never odd or even.

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Don’t nod

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Dogma: I am God

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Too bad – I hid a boot

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Rats live on no evil star

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No trace; not one carton

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May a moody baby doom a yam?

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Go hang a salami; I’m a lasagna hog!

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Straw? No, too stupid a fad; I put soot on warts

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No, it never propagates if I set a gap or prevention

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Anne, I vote more cars race Rome to Vienna

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Madam, in Eden I’m Adam

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Oozy rat in a sanitary zoo

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Are we not drawn onward, we few, drawn onward to new era?

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365 days in my shoes Day 204

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The children set me challenge before I left my last school of wearing a different pair of shoes every day.

The challenge was set with around 6 weeks to go.

I wore in total 32 different pairs of shoes.

My leaving assembly had a clear show theme running through it with a fashion shoe too.

I was asked to display all 32 pairs in a blog post once I had completed the challenge, so here they are.

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365 days in my shoes Day 203

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It’s Monday. For most of us it is the first day of the school holidays.

It’s always easy at the end of a term to think abut all the things that you haven’t done, haven’t finished, haven’t achieved etc…

We often forget to remember and celebrate the good times, the successes, the special moments, the things that made us smile and the things that made us know why we’re in the most amazing job ever.

We teach because we want to learn. Learning is teaching. Teaching is learning.

Live and learn!

Love to learn!

Learn to live!

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“The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books”
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.”
― Robert Frost

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“[Kids] don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.”
― Jim Henson, It’s Not Easy Being Green: And Other Things to Consider

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“The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.”
― Voltaire

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“Study the past if you would define the future.”
― Confucius

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“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”
― Socrates

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“There is creative reading as well as creative writing.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Change is the end result of all true learning.”
― Leo Buscaglia

“Learning never exhausts the mind.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

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“The knowledge of all things is possible”
― Leonardo da Vinci

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“The expert knows more and more about less and less until he knows everything about nothing.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

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“The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

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“Education is the power to think clearly, the power to act well in the world’s work, and the power to appreciate life.”
― Brigham Young

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“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”
― Aristotle

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“Learned we may be with another man’s learning: we can only be wise with wisdom of our own.”
― Michel de Montaigne

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“The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.”
― Geoffrey Chaucer

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“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.”
― Albert Einstein

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“There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

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“A man, though wise, should never be ashamed of learning more, and must unbend his mind.”
― Sophocles, Antigone