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We gave them wings…

And now they can fly!

I don’t think I have ever been as proud in my professional career as I am now. Year 6 have only been blogging since the last week in December and after teaching them the basics and after watching me making a fool of myself at the front of the classroom most days, the energy has shifted from the Teacher to the Student! I receive on average about 4 posts per night at the minute. Not all of them are worthy of the blog but many are!

We recently embarked on using PrimaryPad resources to write collaborative to produce two non-chronological reports, one on Haiti and the other on Earthquakes. This fitted in beautifully with our Literacy projects and the pupils produced something that they are very proud of! You can see these here and here.

So…my Year 6’s are motoring along with just a little guidance from me. We would still like more comments from people who view the blog as this really is the key to maintaining enthusiasm. Whilst I can now leave the Year 6’s to embark on their own blogging experience, I am turning my concentration to another year group (Year 4).

Our Year 4 teacher is energetic and has just clicked with what blogging is all about! She has been keen to meet during lunchtimes, after school and informally in the corridor. Her class blog is now really beginning to take shape. you can see her blog by clicking here.

Something very exciting could be about to happen this weekend. The pupils in Year 4 have been following the progress of Andy Murray in the Australian Open this week, as a result, we have set up a PrimaryPad on Y4 class blog for a collaborative match report to be comepleted on Sunday. Nicola, Myself and Mrs Spencer will be on-line during the match to take a look at what is happening on the blog. The children in Year 4 are REALLY excited and we are hoping that this excitement transfers to their learning in the class with the blog propping up the learning giving the children a real purpose for their writing.

With Year 4, Year 6 and Reception now running successful blogs, 2 further r Teachers have signed up for some training! Watch this space for Year 2 and Year 5 blogs taking shape! Both of which will be a HUGE success!

These are not just exciting times for me but more importantly really exciting times for the school and the pupils!

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  1. Dianne Spencer
    January 30, 2010 at 6:25 pm #

    Exciting times indeed! How many teachers have the confidence to learn alongside the pupils the way our staff are willing to do? How do you model the skills of being an effective learner? By openly being a learner with the children!

  2. Justine Riding
    February 2, 2010 at 8:17 pm #

    can I just say a big thank you to Mr Mitchell & all the staff at Heathfield, these blogs,the online classroom during the bad weather and just these new and alternative teaching techniques (have i spelt that right?). My son has enjoyed school so much this final year, each day he comes homewith storys about what he has done each day – all we used to get when we asked the question “what have you done at school today?” was “nothng much, sums n stuff” now we can’t shut him up – in so far as sometimes you don’t want to ask the question in case he is still telling us when Emmerdale starts! So a big well done to Mrs Spencer, Mr Mitchell and all the staff of Heathfield!

    • Mr Mitchell
      February 2, 2010 at 8:32 pm #

      That is a brilliant comment that really makes all the hard work worthwhile! Thank you for taking the time to write it!!

  3. Ian Addison
    February 2, 2010 at 8:41 pm #

    I am very jealous of the work you guys are doing at your school. You are proving an inspiration to other teachers and from the above comment, this is clearly having a massive impact on your pupils. Well done!

  4. Dianne Spencer
    February 2, 2010 at 8:46 pm #

    Thank you so much for your lovely comments, and yes your son does glow at school. He just enthuses about the learning and seems to be having so much fun! We love it!

  5. jordan
    February 3, 2010 at 9:38 pm #

    Thanks Mr M for helping us be so successfull on blogging and many other things.
    Jordan.s

  6. John McLear
    February 14, 2010 at 3:53 am #

    Glad they enjoyed using Primary Pad, you know where I am if you need anything 🙂

    It’s great to read about kids using blogs so well, great work 🙂

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