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Training Links

Links to support Lowerplace INSET: Link to the Linoit is here. For a whole host of supporting videos about Tablets and Apps, please visit THIS LINK to go to the Oxford University Press Tablets and Apps website that I produced, here you will find reports, supporting videos, details of amazing pas to use as well […]

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April 17, 2013
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Using Coveritlive to Vidiprint Live

As one of the BIGGEST Coveritlive fans out there, I’ve been wanting to do this for a while. I’ve used Coveritlive to hold snow lessons, host visits from experts, interview characters from books and even watch important sporting moments together. However, I have always see much more potential with Coveritlive. The one way I have […]

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Voicethread to Perform

Adding a combination of audio and visual on a blog can really add a different dimension to the experience visitors have whilst visiting. Below is a Voicethread purely used to give the opportunity to showcase the performance of some descriptive writing. All you need to do is click the play button. make sure you listen […]

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CatonCPS QR Project

I was presenting with Kate Wilson a couple of weeks ago at a National Literacy Trust Boys’ Writing conference. She planted this idea in my head that day and it’s started to grow! Key Stage 2 pupils at CatonCPS (where I am currently standing in as Headteacher until September) have started to record themselves reading […]

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February 26, 2013
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Working with Worsbrough Common Primary School

I have had the pleasure of working with Worsbrough Common Primary School in Barnsley over the last few weeks with two NQT teachers in Year 3 and Year 4. It has been a refreshing learning experience for myself working with two open minded, enthusiastic and dedicated NQTs. Worsbrough Common is Headed up by Kate Davies […]

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February 25, 2013
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How’s the mission going?

I left Heathfield Primary School in December to follow a dream and a mission to get more children and teachers blogging whilst using new Web2.0 tools. I knew I was starting a temporary Headship at the beginning of February so took the plunge and resigned from Heathfield on December 31st. Since then, my world has […]

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February 19, 2013
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Do you know your data?

How well do you know your the data of your class? Over the years, I have worked at, or with roughly 20 schools. In this time I have seen some unbelievably talented teachers. However, many of the teachers I have worked with do not fully understand data, how this works and how it is interpreted […]

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February 18, 2013
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February 17, 2013
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February 14, 2013
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BBC Footage from BBC NW Tonight

I watched this clip that was filmed in my previous school in 2011 and realised that I if I hadn’t watch it through in full, then you might not have seen it either. Apart from going off topic later on in the news clip, it raises some interesting questions and brings back some great memories:

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Coveritlive in Action

That Mitchell and Pie Look 2 That Mitchell and Pie Look 1

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January 30, 2013
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Mitchell and Pie Look

That Mitchell and Pie Look 1

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Blogging feedback

Created with Wallwisher

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January 8, 2013
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Boys CAN love writing!

It was well documented by BBC1 last year that boys in my class were writing 70,000 words in one year on their blog. Not only this, but a shift from 9% Level 5 to 60% Level 5 in 12 months with ALL pupils making 2 years progress in 12 months for the last three consecutive […]

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December 6, 2012
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E.R.I.C.Time on Steroids

E.R.I.C. Time (Everyone Reading In Class) I first heard about E.R.I.C. Time from Michael Shepherd (Headteacher at Hawes Side Primary in Blackpool) a couple of years ago. This strategy is used by many schools to promote the love of reading across different age ranges. E.R.I.C. time on steroids sees parents come in at the same […]

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Proof that boys CAN love writing

Listen to this boy in Year 6 at Heathfield Primary speak about the impact of blogging on his learning: listen to ‘Huzaifa tells us why he loves blogging!’ on Audioboo Says it all really!

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Announcing Blogging Workshops January 2013

As I think most people now know, I will be heading out as a freelance learning enthusiast from January 2013. I begin my Headship part time for 3 days a week on February 4th allowing 2 days per week freelance from February. It seems only fitting that my first three events as a freelance consultant […]

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November 25, 2012
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Numeracy League

Try the following with a small group of pupils that don’t have a good grasp of multiplication facts. Take a blog, a Google Spreadsheet, some pupils who don’t have a huge grasp of multiplication facts and timer. Ask each child to give themselves a football style team name and explain how the league points are […]

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November 18, 2012
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Heathfield’s got curves!

I have listened with interest a few times now to Prof. Stephen Heppell and Juliette Heppell talk about the impact and research behind curves and how curves can be used in learning spaces to create flexible learning environments. Heathfield Primary School doesn’t have a curve in it at all. It is a 1970’s building made […]

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Punctuation Points

To REALLY get your boys (shhh… and girls) crazy and conscientious about punctuation, create Punctuation Points. Keep these in a high profile place at the front of your classroom: Full Stop = 2 points Comma = 1 point Inverted Commas = 3 points Question Mark = 5 points Exclamation Mark = 5 points Colon = […]

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November 8, 2012
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It’s an entitlement!

As I plot and plan my new direction as I announced in this post, I keep thinking of some words that Dylan Wiliam spoke at a conference of his I attended recently. “Research shows that it matters not which school a child goes to but which class a child is in which determines how much […]

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November 1, 2012
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Hurricane Sandy Live Tweetfeed

Here are all the tweets coming in live using Coveritlive: Hurricane Sandy

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Exciting Times Ahead!

It is with a mix of great sadness and great excitement that I have handed in my resignation at Heathfield Primary today. As most people will know, I was Acting Head there for a chunk of last year up until December 31st 2011. Heathfield is on an exciting journey and I wish everyone there (both […]

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October 29, 2012
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Small School Connections

If you teach in a small Primary (Under 100 pupils) or a small Secondary (under 500 pupils) and you are interested in collaborating with other small schools, please fill in the form below. Loading…

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October 27, 2012
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SHOUT it OUT Conference Links

Links for the presentation I am doing at Telford: The day the German Embassy popped in. Year 4 link with a school in Australia Project Blogs: Well Done Blog A WONDERFUL place!! PassTheBlog – 52 classes, one blog: How far can one blog go? Pandora Writing Blog – Inspired by Avatar Kensuke’s Kingdom Writing Blog […]

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Fix it Friends

One area that seems to always come up in book monitoring by SLT or by Ofsted is the issue of feedback and pupils addressing this feedback. In fact even more so now, teachers addressing the addressing of the initial feedback. Well, here’s an idea… Fix it Friends. At Heathfield, we now have ‘Fix it Time’ […]

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October 11, 2012
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My students review their project

My pupils review the impact of their use of technology with their first Pandora Writing Project:

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BBC Radio Shropshire Blogging Piece

Late yesterday I was approached by the production team at BBC Radio Shropshire to see if I would be willing to speak on their morning radio show with Jim Hawkins about how blogging has helped children read and write. The reason why they were discussing this was down to a young 10 year old blogger […]

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July 12, 2012
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NLT Mitchell and Pie Look Conference

Welcome to the Live blog from the National Literacy Trust Conference. Today, Pie Corbett and David Mitchell are presenting ‘Improving reading and writing through ICT’ from the Institute of Directors in London. As you can see from the photo, the setting is inspirational. We are in the Wellington Suite and ready for a great day. […]

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June 27, 2012