Monthly Archives: March 2011

Demystification…acknowledging the existence of strengths and weaknesses

One of my most powerful tools that I have been using with children recently is the identification of strengths and weaknesses. Now, I would hope that as adults, we are all able to recognise that we have strengths and weaknesses. … Continue reading

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Teacups and Crispies

I have just finished reading an interesting article on Teacher’s At Risk which uses the great terminology of ‘Teacups’ and ‘Crispies’ coined by some Californian officials. It refers to how anxious parents either over-manage their children, resulting in frailty (teacups) … Continue reading

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‘Gone Surfing’

Husband is on leave from work for a week and he proudly emailed this photo to me at school in the middle of the day. This is something I know he has wanted to do for the ten years we … Continue reading

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Sharing Successful Strategies

I have been requested to share some of my teaching strategies at our weekly staff meeting tomorrow afternoon. Now give me a classroom full of kids and I can walk in and deliver. Make me present to a room full … Continue reading

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Rules For Being an Effective Mother…well at least trying to be.

Rules for being an effective mother: Take time out after a long hard week. Don’t feel guilty for taking time out. I know this is not possible but you can at least try. Have a 30 minute afternoon nap. It … Continue reading

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Marva Collins and Me

Marva Collins was a young mother when she resumed her teaching posts at schools in Chicago in the 1960’s. She found herself frustrated with other teachers who did not share her enthusiasm for teaching and was disillusioned with the quality … Continue reading

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Transition Music

I have always wanted to use music as a teaching tool more effectively, and after reading the Choice Literacy newsletter two weeks ago, decided it was time to take action. I have successfully experimented before with children using music and … Continue reading

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My Ten Year Old Son is Losing His Hair

Senior Son is going bald! He is only 10 years old. That’s right – Senior Son is shaving his hair off tomorrow for the World’s Greatest Shave in support of the Leukaemia Foundation. Hair is a big issue for Senior … Continue reading

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The News on Reading and Writing

Because I have so much time on my hands (gulp!) I have signed up to run a weekly lunchtime newspaper club. In the past years, my newspaper project has only run for my students who come to our Learning Centre. Imagine … Continue reading

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I wasn’t planning on blogging this evening, but the nicest thing happened today in one of my classes and I want to remember it forever. My reading lesson was over and I had sent a group of kids back to their classrooms. I … Continue reading

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