Motivational Coffee

It’s the 29th of February.

 

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When to do what….

This is lovely, by such a beautiful mind
This is lovely, by such a beautiful mind

One of the hardest things about modern day teaching is that it follows the pressures of modern day living. You go to university and they tell you things like.

Children will NOT have full sensation in there fingers until they are 8-10years old, But you walk into a school and you are expected by the curriculum to have children writing by 6.

At the moment there is a need to have children reading earlier and earlier. In the 90’s children were given home readers in Year one the year they turn 6. Teaching in London at the moment  we give home readers to children as young as four, we teacher them shared reading lessons and guided reading lessons. At Four I could write one letter in my name, My brother at 4 could read a short story and write simple words. He at four was ready I at four was not. interestingly while he went one to have a lot more success at school now that we are adults it’s has for now evened out. If you compare us both 23 I held a Bachelors Degree he held 2 Bachelors degrees. I had a steady salary  job he worked casual work. I have no doubt he will be amazing in his adult life but I have defiantly caught up by 23.

So if me not being ready at 4 has no impact on me at 20 something why push it.

Today The Washington Post posted an article Titled

Report: Requiring kindergartners to read — as Common Core does — may harm some

It got me thinking Why?

Please Share your opinions why do you think we should teach reading at 4 years old?

Childhood dreams

London P1060373I’m Living out TWO of my dreams, even when it hard it is more amazing than most people ever get to do….. very few people stick with a dream long enough to see it though, many people don’t have the foresight to plan that far ahead and lots of people don’t fight hard enough for the dreams they have. I wanted to be a teacher since I was 6 wanted to live in the U.K. since I was 13. after 10 years I got here.

Post Secret goodness

She or he thinks this is a secret but all teachers and careers know it to be true the reason they are special is because they change you in the special of ways they change you heart’s feelings of the world and you head’s logic of success.

ImageThis picture was taken from Post Secret On 1st of December 2013, for more amazing insights to humanity see http://postsecret.com

Napels – one of the most unloved cities in the world have started something amazing.

This story will warm you better more than a coffee on a cold winter day…Please “Share” to spread the news x

“We enter a little coffeehouse with a friend of mine and give our order. While we’re approaching our table two people come in and they go to the counter –

‘Five coffees, please. Two of them for us and three suspended’

They pay for their order, take the two and leave.
I ask my friend: ‘What are those ‘suspended’ coffees ?’ ‘Wait for it and you will see’ she replies…

Some more people enter. Two girls ask for one coffee each, pay and go. The next order was for seven coffees and it was made for three lawyers – three for them and four ‘suspended’.

While I still wonder what’s the deal with those ‘suspended’ coffees I enjoy the sunny weather and the beautiful view towards the square in front of the café.

Suddenly a man dressed in shabby clothes who looks like a beggar comes in through the door and kindly asks ‘Do you have a suspended coffee ?’

It’s simple – people pay in advance for a coffee meant for someone who can not afford a warm beverage.

The tradition with the suspended coffees started in Naples, but it has spread all over the world and in some places you can order not only a suspended coffee, but also a sandwich or a whole meal.”

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Motivation Monday

Give and stay rich

 

This week I have found myself, in Anne’s world. She created a text; a story that connects the average child to a world of complex views and horrifying situations. How lucky the world has been to have her story; to share with the generations that followed. To teach about the devastation a war can bring.

Five fool proof ways of: collecting useable Data.

I know I am a little but late on this post and most people will have finished their reports but for those last minute people and those who have had disaster strike and have lost  their data. Here are some tips

 

5 foolproof ways:

 

Have a few activities leading in to report time that give you precise data that you can use to support statements like “has made significant progress” I like to use standardized testing for this one.

 

Have observations about what the student is accessing independently, this is also know as their interests but I am wary of writing that because the parents often know of the Childs true interests vs. what they sometimes like to do.  I like the post –it note observations where I carry a pack of post its, when I see a child doing something amazing, different, engaging well, etc I write a post it with the: date name of the child and what they are doing I then stick it into a exercise book with each child having a double page. This means when I go to write reports it is all there ready to go.

A simple method of collecting usable Assessments in the Busy Classroom Setting.

 

Check lists, we love them, I use my checks lists to develop social connections with in the class. Many of the parents like to know whom their child is hanging out with. So I make a grid about 4 weeks before report are due. (This data is always changing and it is important to have it as up to date as possible) every time the student get to choose working partners I take note and every time I am in the play ground I take note of it. P.S. in the report I tend not to give specific names of kids I rather talk about whether they are consistently working with the same few people, the sex of the people they work with, if they get along with lots of people, and if they have a leadership role within any friendship groups.

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Have the students do a self-refection about the term. Something as simple as  2 stars and a wish. Gives you an insight to how the child felt they went. You can this adjust to reflect how you think they went over all accordingly.

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For maths or science have a statistic ready to go, I have found that the dad’s often enjoy the maths results and if you can have a figure saying has made a 20% improvements on timetables fluency or if now identifying and using 3 more problem solving strategies.  I like the idea of monthly pop quizzes to do this. 

 

By the Way I am in Prague, is it rather Hot and sticky, but wow it is an amazing place.