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?
http://www.nfer.ac.uk/nfer/publications/99940/99940.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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