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Christopher Emdin: Teach teachers how to create magic

Christopher Emdin: Teach teachers how to create magic

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The Geography of Me – New Teacher / First Lesson Activity “The Geography of Me” is an activity I’ve done for a number of years as a great way to introduce myself to a new class whilst also gaining a better understanding of the students’ backgrounds. For a subject like Geography, it’s a real asset to understand where your students come from and the experiences they might have had so that these perspectives can be drawn upon in future lessons. The premise of the task is to choose 8 or 9 key locations from around the world which you feel “make” you, these might be where someone was born, where they lived for a while or more interestingly their favourite place to visit or a place close to their heart, ultimately it could be any place for any reason. I normally start the lesson by playing my tour and narrating the locations, students usually warm to this little bit of controlled knowledge about myself. Like this: Like Loading...

Special Education Sayings and Special Education Quotes Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old special education quotes, special education sayings, and special education proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources. We have a responsibility to ensure that every individual has the opportunity to receive a high-quality education, from prekindergarten to elementary and secondary, to special education, to technical and higher education and beyond. Jim Jeffords Geographical Enquiry: Forget the 'outstanding' and remember the inspiration The biggest message that I came away from the GA Conference in Manchester was that to be an outstanding teacher you need to forget about the pressure of lesson observations and instead focus on inspiring and engaging students. Too often can we get bogged down with trying to reach the requirements to be judged as a good or outstanding teacher. This is only my 3rd year of teaching and my first year in my second school so I have found it difficult to escape observations and the hoop jumping that goes alongside them. The sessions that I attended at the conference gave me renewed inspiration to do what I want, not what I have been told to do (within boundaries, obviously). Professor Danny Dorling, in his keynote speech, used a number of maps from a project by Ben Hennig which totally engaged a room of Geography teachers - audible 'wow's could be heard in the lecture theatre. Have a look at the website link below and I guarantee that you will get lost in it for hours.

Highly Successful Parent Teacher Communication One of the most beneficial aspects of teaching is building positive relationships with parents. Effective parent-teacher communication is essential for a teacher to be successful. A good relationship between parents and a teacher is invaluable towards maximizing the time that the teacher has with that student. A student who knows that the teacher communicates on a regular basis with their parents and who knows that their parents trust the teacher will likely put more effort into school.

Working with Digimap - school examples You are here : Home | Resources | Ordnance Survey m... | Working with D... This page showcases examples of how teachers have used Digimap with their students, including sample lessons and classroom ideas. Getting started Rob Manger, geography teacher at English Martyrs School, has written two blog posts describing his journey into using GIS. 7 Practical Tips to Achieve a Positive Mindset The “power of positive thinking” is a popular concept, and sometimes it can feel a little cliché. But the physical and mental benefits of positive thinking have been demonstrated by multiple scientific studies. A positive mindset can give you more confidence, improve your mood, and even reduce the likelihood of developing conditions such as hypertension, depression and other stress-related disorders. All this sounds great, but what does the “power of positive thinking” really mean? You can define positive thinking as positive imagery, positive self-talk or general optimism, but these are all still general, ambiguous concepts.

Planning Workload: Ask A Teacher! If you wanted to help improve lesson planning and reduce teacher workload, who would you ask? In my last post, I said that ‘we live in a time, where teacher workload operates at a frenetic pace.’ Last week, Nicky Morgan announced the chairs and members of 3 new workload review groups. Integrating Mindfulness in Your Classroom Curriculum Now more than ever, teaching mindfulness in the classroom is a necessity. Our children are stressed and anxious. Teachers and parents are stressed and anxious, too. Our lives are busy, and we often find our thoughts buzzing over the past or worrying about the future. We need mindfulness because it teaches us to live in the present moment, enjoying and experiencing what’s in front of us.

What are the best time-saving apps for teachers? “There’s simply not enough time,” I hear you say – and I agree. It’s fair enough, as a teacher, if you find that you don’t even have enough time to look at all the gadgets and devices that might help save time. But stop the clock and allow me to bring you up to speed with the best time-saving apps around, as well as pointing out some of the glitches. Make marking mountains history QuickKey is a free app that enables your phone to scan quizzes, tests and surveys on paper and mark them. Embracing the Whole Child Four Suggestions In embracing a more whole-child, humanizing approach to teaching and learning, Salazar proposes specific ways educators can express care and engage students in a more humanizing pedagogy. Among her suggestions, I’d like to explore the following four, offering suggestions for each, as I have found them particularly useful to establishing a harmonious community of learners in the classroom.