The William Ransom Primary School, Hertfordshire ~ Day 1

| November 25, 2013 | 37 Comments 

The first of two days at The William Ransom Primary School, Hertfordshire, where we are also joined by other schools in the Hitchin Partnership: Highover J.M.I. School & Nursery, Mary Exton JMI School, Whitehill JM School, Kingshott School, Breachwood Green JMI School, St Andrew’s Church of England Primary School, Preston Primary School and Codicote C of E Primary.

This invitation follows our contribution at the NAHT Conference London, last year when the headteacher of The William Ransom Primary School, Mary Driver, and her deputy Shirley Brown were delegates.

A thank you to Headteacher, Mary Driver for the invitation, and for sharing these thoughts:

In this day and age, when we turn to our pupils to change the ring tone on our iphones, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find ways to inspire those same children with our teaching. I don’t think it is the children themselves who have changed; it is their environment, their lifestyle and their experiences.

We have to find ways to teach these youngsters, but in a way that they are excited by their learning, motivated by what they see and find out and eager to learn more.Β  This excitement was generated in a group of us when Tim spoke at the 2012 NAHT conference and it started me thinking. I think our IT teaching is fine and the children are told what they need to be told, but are they using IT as a natural tool within the classroom? Probably not!

As a Head I want to find ways to inspire both teachers and children. Using IT has to be the way forward and having Tim spend 2 days in school will inspire us all, and who knows I might even learn how to change my ring tone!

Category: 1) Events and Training days

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  1. Steve Mills says:

    Every time I hear Tim and Sarah talk, or read their tweets, I pick up something new. Thank you for inspiring and sharing your knowledge.

  2. Clare Bailey says:

    A fantastic opportunity to magpie some great ideas to inspire creativity across the curriculum. Informative and Fun. Thanks.

  3. Still waiting for the password to unlock your world!

  4. Sabina's Gang says:

    This morning has been inspirational.
    Roll on the afternoon!

  5. Tim says:

    That’s so good to hear Steve
    Hope you’re finding some new stuff today πŸ˜€

  6. Tim says:

    Thanks Clare
    So glad it’s fun too

  7. Tim says:

    The password WILL come, honest
    There’s more though… πŸ™‚

  8. Tim says:

    Thanks Sabina’s gang
    Looking forward to it…

  9. Chris Carter says:

    So nice to be able, for once, to sit back, listen, learn and be inspired. Thanks. (Think I’ll tweet that, too!)

  10. Whoo hoo! You’ve inspired me for years, and I’ve snuck in the secret page many a time. Lovely to see you in 3D inspiring reality action today! Cant wait for the future.

  11. Heidi Burniston says:

    An inspirational morning, which flew by, full of so much that my brain hurts a little…thank you!

  12. Oliver Tilbury says:

    Thanks for a great session. As a trainee teacher I hope to use some of your ideas. πŸ™‚

  13. Anna and Marlene says:

    Can’t wait to use these ideas! Thankyou so much!

  14. Fiona Pearce says:

    Inspired and in awe

    wow, thank you

  15. Wow, what an eye opener. I think I might have my hands full for a while…

  16. Shahid Sahil says:

    Very inspirational and engaging. Will try out with my 3 boys later.

  17. Sophie Driver and Charlotte McShane says:

    Thanks for a very interesting day. So many resources to use which will motivate pupils. One at a time though!

  18. Debbie Nisbet says:

    Wow! A refreshing inspiring course! Thank you!

  19. Mary Driver says:

    Thanks for a great day, lots of new ideas and loads to think about. Looking forward to tomorrow!

  20. john rogan says:

    Sarah and Tim, Thank you for an entertaining and enlightening day. Lots to take away and think about. I liked the way you left us feeling that we don’t have to be all singing, all dancing by the end of next week, but that we want to!

  21. Tim says:

    Thanks John
    Enjoy your dancing brother! πŸ˜€

  22. Tim says:

    Thank YOU Mary
    A great day
    See you tomorrow…

  23. Tim says:

    Wow! Indeed… great to hear Debbie. Thank you

  24. Tim says:

    Thank you Sophie and Charlotte
    Take it steady but let us know what you try out…please πŸ™‚

  25. Tim says:

    Enjoy what you try Shahid, and have fun!

  26. Tim says:

    Thank YOU Daniel
    We really valued your support and technical backup
    Enjoy what you experiment with

  27. Tim says:

    We’d love to hear what you try out first Fiona
    Keep in touch
    Tim and Sarah

  28. Tim says:

    Thank you you two
    Enjoy whatever you discover…

  29. Tim says:

    Thank you Oliver
    Good luck with where you go next…

  30. Chloe Mason says:

    So many inspirational ideas, can’t wait to use them! Thank you πŸ™‚

  31. Sarah says:

    Thank you, Chloe, for taking the time to comment. All the best.

  32. Glenn says:

    Thank you Tim and Sarah for a fantastic day! I came to teaching from the IT industry so I’m very pleased to see that there is a fun side to what I spent years doing! Some of the things you talked about today I have used already and loved! I cannot wait to explore the rest!

  33. Tim says:

    Thank you Glenn
    We’d love to know what you DO discover as a new “toy”
    Keep in touch and have fun
    Tim and Sarah

  34. Was too busy taking all these new ideas in yesterday and speaking to people about IT to post a comment straight after the day, but better late than never hey!
    Many thanks Tim and Sarah for enlightning me/us and creating an inspirational day which was packed full of great ideas and titbits to take away! Hoping to catch up with you again in the not too distant future so keep up the great work!

  35. Sarah says:

    Thank you Jeremy. Really appreciate your contributions throughout the day. Until we meet again …

  36. Julie says:

    Absolutely amazing day on Monday, so many ideas. Used Epic Citadel today with my Reception class. No visual to begin with as we just listened to the sounds of the water and the birds. I was amazed by the ideas they came up with. Their descriptions were gorgeous and then we visited the world. I’m a convert!

  37. Sarah says:

    What a treat to receive your comment, Julie. Excellent!

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