day 10 Sign #mbfeb
A heron awaits a lull in Storm Ciara
day 9: Lull #mbfeb
Watched: The Goldfinch ★★★★☆ unlike the critics I enjoyed and was moved by this movie.
Read: They Knew Mr Knight by Dorothy Whipple ★★★★☆ I am getting through most of the authors books by now. This seems most obviously moral, although I didn’t notice all of the Christian symbolism. The writing is clear and I enjoy being taken to the period.
We are 1-2-1 iPad. Half the class have old 2013 iPad Airs that have just stopped handling OS updates. Their batteries are good enough for a day’s use. While we do consume (reading/researching the web, watching videos) they are also pretty creative. Pupils have more freedom to install and customise than they do with our Local Authority managed PCs. They are also very good for mixing with ‘real’ work, messy making, being robust and easier to put down safely that our Windows Laptops (no cables). The go outside too.
Former teacher of the year Chris Smith tells us about the quality every teacher needs, bombing in front of 600 pupils, the perfect class size, how everyone can succeed in maths, why more teachers should open up about their own mental health, and the false dichotomy between ‘traditional’ and ‘progressive’ education.
I particularly like the idea that his subject, maths, could be of interest to pupils in itself. Lessons, and activities don’t always need be part of a project, although Chris talked about great ones, or in preparation for a career.
Day 6 Plant #mbfeb
I must admit to struggling with the photo challenge. It‘s dark when I leave for work & come home. I failed a 365 attempt last year but thought I might manage 29 days… clutching straws every day so far.
Day 5: hide #mbfeb