365 days in my shoes Day 273

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It’s Monday. Let’s start the week as we mean to go on.

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Everyone needs a little Disney moment once in their lifetime.

Today could just be that moment.

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“A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart.”Hercules

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“The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.”The Lion King

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“If you keep on believing the dreams that you wish will come true.”Cinderella

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“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

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“If you can’t say somethin’ nice, don’t say nothin’ at all!”Bambi

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“Even miracles take a little time.”

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“You will never know unless you try.”

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“Just because I cannot see it, doesn’t mean I can’t believe it.”A Nightmare Before Christmas

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“Today is a good day to try.”

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“Like so many things, it is not what is outside, but what is inside that counts.”

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“I never look back, darling. It distracts me from the now.”The Incredibles

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“The things that make me different are the things that make me.”Winnie The Pooh

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“The path to your destiny lies within the magic of your heart.”

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“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”Walt Disney

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“Don’t just fly, soar.”Dumbo

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“The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.”

365 days in my shoes Day 272

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Free CPD videos via @chickenplymouth
http://whydidthechickencrosstheroad.org.uk/2013/09/23/free-videos-your-own-cpd/

Resource to get you angry and thinking via Independent Thinking
http://independentthinkingblog.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/im-as-mad-as-hell-slideshow/

Resources to empower your students
http://thefixupteam.weebly.com/7-ways-to-empower-your-students-download.html

@teamtait QR codes
http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=Oq76DndAGLs&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DOq76DndAGLs%26feature%3Dyoutu.be

Simon Haughton Angry birds game in scratch

Perfect ICT every lesson with Mark Anderson @ICTEvangelist
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1781351031?ie=UTF8&force-full-site=1&ref_=aw_bottom_links
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Where have all the levels gone?

Click to access 99940.pdf

5 minute call plan by @teachertoolkit
http://teachertoolkit.me/2013/09/28/the-5mincallplan-by-teachertoolkit-and-leadinglearner/

Maths and writing marking policy via Ben Waldram @MrWaldram
http://benwaldram.wordpress.com/2013/09/15/maths-marking-policy/

@dan_bowen: The Gruffalo Word Mat – A writing aid based on the imagery of The Gruffalo http://t.co/JwJ7fg2koi
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@dan_bowen: Julia Donaldson book comparison – Compare the themes, characters http://t.co/WYHGWz4Tx1
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365 days in my shoes Day 271

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I wonder how many tweets actually pass through our timelines every week. I know in the space of 20 mins my feed can show almost 1000 if I haven’t been refreshing the page. Some I know I may never see and there are those I know I don’t read. But there are those which make me smile, prompt a thought or raise an eyebrow.

@ThePoke: The best flooring specialist you will see today (despite grammar) http://t.co/DNsYKfCL8k
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@magicalmaths: One for the biology teachers. http://t.co/jbNKYPbfli
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1/4 struggle with SPaG
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-tests-show-1-in-4-struggling-with-spelling-punctuation-and-grammar

http://www.theliterarygiftcompany.com/grammar-grumble-mugs—set-of-all-6-14140-p.asp via @realgeoffbarton
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Ian Gilbert
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Teacher toolkit book preview ideas. My copy is on ORRder!
http://issuu.com/bloomsburypublishing/docs/100_ideas
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@RealGeoffBarton: Ouch: satire: “@RachelOrr: Mano-gram!
Love it! http://t.co/dCTH2PG5st”
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This has to be one of my favourite tweets of the week. One for @kennypieper too.
@RealGeoffBarton: Beautiful: “@matthiasrascher: 30 Excellent Bookstore Windows From Around the World. http://t.co/wG6SMvxT14”
http://flavorwire.com/416883/30-excellent-bookstore-windows-from-around-the-world/view-all/
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@TheWeirdWorld: To all the iOS 7 users.. http://t.co/ZshD9sjMai
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365 days in my shoes Day 270

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It’s Friday again. Where has this week gone?

Today marks the end of the fourth week back and my 19th day in post. I find it incredible to believe how much we’ve done as a school in such a short space of time.

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Saturday marked an amazing first – climbing up to the roof of the Sage Gateshead and walking on top of hall one.

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The views were spectacular.

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Monday marked the start of a full week focusing on Roald Dahl.

EYFS/KS1 began writing a shared story using our class blogs.

KS2 pupils began their shared story too with comments coming in from far and wide.

I am proud to say we are a blogging school.

http://htrblogs.net

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The buzz throughout school this week is ORRsome. Every class is studying a different Roald Dahl story. The creativity everywhere is amazing.

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I was on the receiving end of a cup of FROBSCOTTLE from year four. It did taste better than it looked.

It was shortly followed by other concoctions made by those studying George’s Marvellous Medicine too.

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Today we all dressed up as characters from Roald Dahl stories and had an amazing day. All the staff choses Tories to read and the children signed up to listen to their favourite.

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Today is photograph day at school. Thankfully it wasn’t yesterday! Lol

Bring on the weekend. A week ago I was walking on the roof of hall one. Tomorrow I shall be singing in hall one.

Have an ORRsome weekend.

365 days in my shoes Day 269

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This week in my new school we have been blogging together. A shared story etc…

I can’t resist the selfish but equally unselfish blog as it from my kids. Actually, as we would say at school, from our kids…….

Overall school blogs http://htrblogs.net

We have been working on two shared stories with EYFS/KS1 and also KS1. Please read, RT or add comment.

It is a work in progress and one for kids!!!!!

EYFS and KS1 shared story:-
Part one Orange class http://orange.htrblogs.net/2013/09/23/a-shared-story-by-rosehill-children/

Part 2 yellow class http://yellow.htrblogs.net/2013/09/23/a-shared-story-by-rosehill-children-part-two/

Part 3 green class http://green.htrblogs.net/2013/09/24/a-shared-story-by-rosehill-children-part-three/

Part 4 blue class http://blue.htrblogs.net/2013/09/25/a-shared-story-by-rosehill-childrenpart-four/

The story isn’t finished yet as other classes are continuing to write today……

KS2 story writings cross the school:-

Y5 Moonstone http://moonstone.htrblogs.net/2013/09/23/school-story-chapter1/

Y3 crimson http://crimson.htrblogs.net/2013/09/23/our-school-story-ks2-chapter-2/

Y4 indigo http://indigo.htrblogs.net/2013/09/24/school-shared-story-ks2-chapter-3/

Y6 magenta http://magenta.htrblogs.net/2013/09/24/our-school-story-chapter-4/

Y5 tangerine http://tangerine.htrblogs.net/2013/09/25/our-school-story-ks2-chapter-5/

Y3 emerald http://emerald.htrblogs.net/2013/09/25/our-school-story-chapter-6/

The story is still on-going with other classes continuing to write today.

Please add comments as the children would absolutely love it.

HOWEVER, I couldn’t let the week glass without other fab blogs,

Learning by making via Steve Wheeler @timbuckteeth
http://steve-wheeler.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/learning-by-making.html

Teacher expert/cynic via @huntingenglish Alex Quigley
http://www.huntingenglish.com/2013/09/21/teacher-expert-cynic/

Via Andrew Old
http://teachingbattleground.wordpress.com/2013/09/21/what-id-do-about-ofsted/

Teacher do not need to be afraid of twitter via @chickenplymouth
http://whydidthechickencrosstheroad.org.uk/2013/09/25/how-teachers-can-stop-being-scared-of-twitter-and-love-it-instead/

365 days in my shoes Day 267

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Having spent an amazing 14 days in post as headteacher of Holy Trinity Rosehill VA CE Primary School, I had another ORRsome experience this weekend.

I am an avid fan of opera, classical music as well a rock, punk, disco, jazz and probably a lot more. My tastes are quite varied. I enjoy spending time at the theatre, concerts as well as performing myself.

My music is to have PleashORR and to give PleashORR.

I have sung at the Sage Gateshead several times in Hall One for proms nights and evenings of opera.

At the weekend I explored another part of the Sage Gateshead – the roof!

I had the most amazing opportunity to scale the heights of the Sage Gateshead and walk the roof!

Three fab chaps (2 of whom were rather dishy, even though a little younger!) ensured I was well strapped into my harness and then it was time to climb the ladders, around 10 metres to get to the roof.

Once on top of the roof it was time to grab the rope and climb all the way to the top of Hall One. The views were spectacular.

Kids asked me, ‘What do you do at the weekend?’

So, here I am, Headteacher, spending the weekend on the roof of the Sage Gateshead!

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365 days in my shoes Day 266

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It’s Monday! Last Monday in September.

Today is day 15 in my new post. I absolutely love it. Amazing kids, fab staff and a welcoming community.

I love life. I love what I do so I do what I love!

Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.

David Frost

Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still.

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Henry David Thoreau

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Do what you love to do and give it your very best. Whether it’s business or baseball, or the theatre, or any field. If you don’t love what you’re doing and you can’t give it your best, get out of it. Life is too short. You’ll be an old man before you know it.

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If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.

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“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”

Patanjali

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“The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.”

Pearl S. Buck

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“I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

Steve Jobs

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“Yes, I’ve made a great deal of dough from my fiction, but I never set a single word down on paper with the thought of being paid for it … I have written because it fulfilled me … I did it for the buzz. I did it for the pure joy of the thing. And if you can do it for joy, you can do it forever.”

Stephen King

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“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”

Ella Fitzgerald

“Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.”

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“If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music, sweep streets like Leontyne Price sings before the Metropolitan Opera. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“I think the foremost quality – there’s no success without it – is really loving what you do. If you love it, you do it well, and there’s no success if you don’t do well what you’re working at.”

Malcolm Forbes

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“Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.”

Kahlil Gibran

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“I think people who are creative are the luckiest people on earth. I know that there are no shortcuts, but you must keep your faith in something Greater than You, and keep doing what you love. Do what you love, and you will find the way to get it out to the world.”

Judy Collins

“The law of work seems unfair, but nothing can change it; the more enjoyment you get out of your work, the more money you will make.”

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“The people who make it to the top – whether they’re musicians, or great chefs, or corporate honchos – are addicted to their calling h… [they] are the ones who’d be doing whatever it is they love, even if they weren’t being paid.”

Quincy Jones

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“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

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365 days in my shoes Day 265

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Today is day 265 of 365 days.

We’ve looked at stats, pics, blogs, resources and probably everything under the sun.

Day 265 of 365 here we go. Only 100 days until there have been 365 days in my shoes.

Amazing resources hit our timeline daily.

Via @tombennett71 @tesResources: “There are laws, and then there are the ways in which things are done” – @TomBennett71 on #classroomrules http://t.co/QZhSehgjoV
http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=6358798

60 ways to use twitter in the classroom.
http://fluency21.com/blog/2013/06/18/60-ways-to-use-twitter-in-the-classroom-by-category/

5 minute OFSTED plan
http://teachertoolkit.me/2013/09/21/the-5minofstedplan-by-teachertoolkit-and-leadinglearner/

How to be an independent learner.
@Primary_Ed: How to be an Independent Learner. http://t.co/5L2TJYzGee #NYTedtech #ukedchat #edchat #edtech #learning
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@Primary_Ed: 6 easy tips for brain-based learning: http://t.co/EALwYtRCmr
#edchat #learning #ukedchat #edtech #NYTedtech #mobile2013
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@JYHSLibrary: I love my library be… http://t.co/5usQjy7QHK http://t.co/5CaAo99zlZ
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Engaging learners in maths
http://edrudge90.blogspot.co.uk/?spref=gb

3 great twitter tools for teachers
http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/09/3-great-twitter-tools-for-teachers.html

Katie Brodie
http://www.kathybrodie.com/resources/fabulous-resources/

Setting night expectations
http://www.magicalmaths.org/do-you-set-high-expectations-great-ideas-for-classroom-rules/

What does KS3 level 7 mean?
http://www.magicalmaths.org/what-does-key-stage-3-level-7-in-mathematics-mean/

365 days in my shoes Day 264

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Every week there are some amazing tweets hitting the timelines. We all have our favourites. These are some of mine.

@RealGeoffBarton: Love this: “@Brilliant_Ads: Simple ad for a bookstore. http://t.co/nTqdIA5fWs”
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@susanbanister: @RachelOrr Saw these tape dispensers in Staples and thought you would appreciate them http://t.co/ehHHptS3Jk
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@sturdyAlex: Is this the funniest thing a librarian has ever done, ever? I think so. http://t.co/dcKb00flSu
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@dominic_mcg: Yes! For all my grammar nazi friends… #AreYouWatchingTesco http://t.co/KGHo0moRtN
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@rlj1981: Good morning- thank god for google ; ) http://t.co/9KfbKkPAUR
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@MultiMartin: One of my photos was featured by @StatueLibrtyNPS on their Facebook page! http://t.co/y3JfskiEUN
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@HGJohn: Publishing a story on a blog is not the end product, it’s the start of a conversation. Therein lies the power of blogging.

@MultiMartin: @ShonetteBason and Vera appearing on stage at #WoodTM http://t.co/SJb5u5d79y
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@RealGeoffBarton: Literacy meets numeracy: “@VerusFacts: In English, “four” is the only digit that has the same number of letters as its value.”

@SteveThursbyMA: #SLTchat Rarely is anything so urgent that it won’t wait for a fresh perspective from a refreshed YOU!

@kevbartle: Paul Merson & Sky Sports doing their bit for literacy!!!!
Not bitter because I’m a Sunderland fan. Honest, guv! http://t.co/NcJ6Sv5Hpx
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@Mr1Stewart: Great week at work. Inspired by the speakers #woodTM, was in ORR at the singing talent of @RachelOrr and thought @ShonetteBason was amazing!

@HelpmeMrsTowers: Science just got sexy #woodtm http://t.co/1qRKDTppzO
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@jim1982: @RachelOrr @lisajaneashes there is no pun! They are really coming with me. http://t.co/blwhSS3ImE
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@RealGeoffBarton: Perfect: @SBMConsultancy
Suggested cover for Headteacher reports to Governors this term http://t.co/GC18ByuH7T
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