Variety is the spice of life in a perfect day

19 06 2009

Today was one of those days I will remember for a long time- a dream day where  I was fulfilled professionally, personall and as a mum too. Let me elaborate.

It started off with a conference call. Now I know lots of you out there do these all the time and they are not exciting at all to you. But as  a Primary school teacher, they are a bit exciting for me and make me feel all grown up!  I might not have had my breakfast yet, or even a cup of tea, but I was able to contribute and make a difference.

One cup of tea later I settled down to proof read a training manual I had made the day before, pressed send and off it went round school.

Then- the main excitement of the day- trialling the new self paced learning response systems from Promethean. This has to be one of the most exciting products I have seen since I first saw a whiteboard. AMAZING (more tomorrow about this!) The children at school were so excitied to be some of the first in theworld to trial this technology.

A few magical mummy moments next- a chance to have a teddy bears picnic with my daughter and her class (whilst taking pictures for the school) and then I delivered a CD with the recording of the ballet show to my sons room next. Although he wasn’t in it, most of the girls were and I left them squealing with delight watching themselves.

At the end of my working dat, a sharepoint meeting ( my second conference call of the day) allowed me to develop a better understanding of sites, pages and the variations between.

When I get home I manage to watch my husband using hi new lawnmower and my son mimicing with his toy one, eager to copy Daddy every step of the way.

And at the end of my daughters day she read me a story ( which made me realise how far she has come since starting school 10 months ago.)

A variety of experiences in a variety of roles. For me variety is key. A glass of wine and my day will be  indeed be complete.

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This is what it’s all about…

2 06 2009

Last night, late, I came across this website. I had checked out my blog, followed a link and ended up at this site, which is what I believe the net is all about. Its a video periodic table, with video links about all the elements. Now I could have made this myself, butI didn’t. I could have searched for this, but I didnt. I stumbled across a gem due to the generosity of the creators and my own natural curiosity ( of which I have plenty). Without these two qualities, the Internet would not be the fantastic place it is.  So long live curiosity and generosity, and thanks to Nottingham University.chem

http://www.periodicvideos.com





Inspired…? I am!

1 06 2009

Friday was the day. The day the sun shone both outside and inside my classroom. It was Primary 4 activity day, a chance to braoden the curriculum, mix classes, have some fun, try new things. So today was the day I was going to launch Inspire and expressions at school. inspire

We already use ActivPrimary and the Senior school has Activ Expressions. I trained the senior shool staff to use ActivExpressions and whilst I love the learner response systems themselves, I hate the software. So I was very keen to tryExpressions with ActivInspire.

 

It was absolutely fab, right from the word go- I just plugged my hub in (no need to put the hub in before opening Inspire- it just worked) and I was off- off for a coffee, as the 20  minutes I had allowed to get things ready was not needed!

It’s just as well everything went so well really, because I am talking at the Scottish Learning festival about using Inspire and expressions.  So turn to my blog ‘Expressions’ page, and read the low down. I really hope you enjoy reading about how I use ‘Inspire’ as much as the children are enjoying exploring it.aIMG_0282