365 days in my shoes Day 304

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The array and quality of blogging is on the up with new bloggers as well as those well established bloggers.

Fabulous blogposts during half term on the timelines.

I couldn’t keep up with such amazing reads. It has been difficult to choose what to add so there are several this week!

To the twitter giants with Steve Truan! Via @truan_steve
http://stevetruan1.wordpress.com/2013/10/27/to-all-those-twitter-giants/

@RealGeoffBarton: Is turn-taking only human? Fascinating blog @LanguageLog: http://t.co/WtyEVB1Lsv #EngChat

http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=7989

Qualified teacher status with Alex Quigley @huntingenglish
http://www.huntingenglish.com/2013/10/26/michael-gove-wrong-qualified-teacher-status/

Notes on a coup T&L takeover
http://improvingteaching.co.uk/2013/10/27/notes-on-a-coup-tlt13/

Community counts via Kenny Pieper @kennypieper
http://justtryingtobebetter.net/community-counts/

Tait Coles Punk learning THE PEDAGOGY OF FREEDOM
http://taitcoles.wordpress.com/2013/10/27/the-pedagogy-of-freedom/

Extended learning opportunities via @headguruteacher Tom Sherrington
http://headguruteacher.com/2013/10/20/extended-learning-opportunities-update/

Teacher talk by Martin Robinson
http://martinrobborobinson.wordpress.com/2013/10/26/teacher-talk-sounding-into-ears/

7 signs you might be Gove.
http://www.thepoke.co.uk/2013/10/25/7-signs-you-might-be-michael-gove/

Get it together with Steve Wheeler @timbuckteeth
http://steve-wheeler.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/get-it-together.html

Don’t lose sleep over OFSTED.
https://www.edapt.org.uk/news/2013/10/ofsted-dont-lose-any-sleep-over-it-katie-ashford-blog#.UmzTTLIgGSO

Why it matters to me. The secret PGCE student
http://englishpgcme.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/why-it-matters-to-me.html?m=1

Exploding leadership via @tomboulter
http://thinkingonlearning.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/exploding-leadership-problem-of.html

Peepshows and rubbernecks via @teachertoolkit
http://teachertoolkit.me/2013/10/24/peepshows-and-rubbernecks-by-teachertoolkit/

Summative assessment with Tom Sherrington via @headteacherguru
http://headguruteacher.com/2013/10/28/formative-use-of-summative-tests-marking-blogsync/

What are professional ethics via @oldandrewuk
http://teachingbattleground.wordpress.com/2013/10/26/letter-from-a-professional-part-2-what-are-professional-ethics/

Every teacher matters via @MooreLynne1
http://villageschoolhead.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/every-teacher-matters.html

Via @tomboulter
http://thinkingonlearning.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/improving-requires-improvement.html

365 days in my shoes Day 303

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It’s Wednesday. But it’s not just any Wednesday. It’s mine!

Mine because it’s myself special day!

Champagne breakfast too! Pink as well!

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Happy birthday rendition especially in a style that hits my spot!

For everyone else who shares my day, happy birthday to you too!

Have an ORRsome day!

Birthdays and events for October 30th
http://www.biography.com/on-this-day/october-30

Henry Winkler -The Fonz 67

Harry Hamlin – 61

Diego Maradona – 52

Christopher Columbus – 562

Wonderful for David Bowie to call on my special day! Lol.

365 days in my shoes Day 302

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I love my job as head teacher. It’s the best job in the world for me. It’s challenging and can take me in and out of my comfort zone regularly. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

This is for all head teachers out there!

I feel very privileged to have an amazing network of head teachers both via twitter and in my immediate cluster of schools. The support, ideas and inspiration is brilliant.

The role of head teacher can often be seen as a very lonely position, however, through the power of twitter, one is very rarely alone. The response is immediate and incredibly empowering. I love it. There are so many HTs on twitter who give willingly of their time no matter how busy their own schedule may be. They do this without hesitation and without question. I am privileged to be supported by such an ORRsome team. Thank you. I hope that there are occasions where I am able to reciprocate too.

So, this is for you because you’re worth it!

An ode to all head teachers!

Here’s to all head teachers,
Enabling staff to grow,
You lead and shape the vision,
Sharing what you know.

Oh to be outstanding,
This is what we dream,
Working hard together,
We really are a team.

A team that will hear
Every word that you screech,
Every day of your life,
For as long as you teach.

Climb the league tables,
Assess high and low,
Track your students daily,
Testing what they know.

A team that believes
They can really succeed,
Give them care and support,
For as long as you lead.

Here’s to all head teachers,
Who go the extra mile,
Although OFSTED is looming,
Don’t forget to smile.

SMILE! It confuses others and makes them wonder what you’re up to!

365 days in my shoes Day 300

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It’s day 300.

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300 days into the year 2013 leaving only 65 until we reach 2014. Back in January, as a result of receiving a shoe calendar for Christmas, I came up with the idea of using each picture from the calendar to start a daily blog.

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Hard to believe that I’ve blogged for 300 days consecutively.

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Blog posts tend to have a theme of learning, shoes and music.

One of my biggest passions in learning has to be ensuring the foundations of language, literacy and numeracy are secure for children. It’s not about chalk and talk or teaching to the test but about enabling children to have the keys and tools that support them in accessing learning beyond belief.

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Here is a selection of my blog posts on such topics, interspersed by my love of shoes and music!

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If only
https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-4/

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Whole school approach to improving writing
https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/01/05/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-5/

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Learning keys
https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/01/06/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-6/

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Punctuation
https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/01/10/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-11/

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Grammar
https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/01/13/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-13/

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Thinking skills
https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-20/

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Reading – taught not caught
https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/01/22/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-22/

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VCOP
https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/01/24/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-24/

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Non-fiction writing across the curriculum
https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/02/01/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-32/

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High 5
https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/02/21/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-52/

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Dragons
https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/01/27/dragons/

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SPaG with Pie
https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-68/

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A day with Tim Rylands
https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/03/16/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-75/

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5 a week English
https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-78/

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5 a week maths
https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/03/30/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-89/

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All five elements of five a week English
https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/04/30/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-120/

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All five elements of five a week maths
https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/05/01/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-121/

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Blogging with Sutton and Mitchell
https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-127/

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100 word challenge with Julia Skinner
https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/07/13/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-194/

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MORR from Pie
https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-114/

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365 days in my shoes Day 299

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Lots of fun with tweets on the timeline this week.

This first one has to be among my favourites and occupied quite a bit of time!

Whack #gove beat the highest score!!!
http://www.magicalmaths.org/i-bet-you-can-not-beat-the-highest-score-whack-the-gove/

I only managed a score of 576.2!

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Tweet your highest score with screenshot proof!

Good teachers teach. No gadgets! via @MrWaldram
http://benwaldram.wordpress.com/2013/10/17/gtauk-an-academy-hopeful/

@ICTmagic: Help your colleagues discover the wonders of Twitter with this poster http://t.co/h93aDO67lI #ukedchat #sltchat http://t.co/AP5JWuThFk
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@magicalmaths: One for the scientists who are pirates.. http://t.co/JGpYXYJFju
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@WOWFactsOfLife: There is a bridge made entirely of trampolines: http://t.co/Hc7JphPf
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Amazing kid’s bed!
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@Primary_Ed: Microsoft keyboard shortcuts all in one poster!
http://t.co/mWAs7xsJpi #ukedchat #edchat #edtech #edcampseacoast #sunchat #microsoft
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@Fascinatingpics: This cheese shop chalkboard is brilliant. http://t.co/wqdwtWIOhb
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@RachelOrr: @HYWEL_ROBERTS keynote. ORRsome! #excelsiorTM http://t.co/rQFLaxcgHI
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Great fun at #tmblakes13 with @simfin taking a shot within a shot!
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365 days in my shoes Day 298

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It’s Friday! It’s half term! Well, for me it is.

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How’s your week been?

Plans for half term?

It’s my birthday during half term so have lots of family and friends events to go to.

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Fab weekend spent with family.

Having won some vivo vouchers at Woodham teachmeet! my order finally arrived. It had taken me ages to decide what to get as there were so many amazing things from which to choose.

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Loved testing out my corkcicle.

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Dinner for family included spatchcocking my chicken piri piri style too!

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Always love to set a table!

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Monday

Starting the week with happiness.

https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/10/21/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-294/

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Tuesday

Important that we take care of ourselves!

https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/10/22/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-295/

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Wednesday

What’s in a word? William Shakespeare

https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/10/23/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-296/

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Thursday

ORRsome teachmeet evening at Excelsior Academy followed by Blakes!

Two brilliant teachmeets back to back and both very different.

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IT’S FRIDAY!

Half term is here. I can’t believe how quickly my first half term in post has gone.

Visiting family over half term, flu jab and general self MOT as well as celebrating my birthday!