Cedar Primary School, Strood, Kent ~ Day 1

| March 13, 2014 | 7 Comments 

Thank you to Mrs Jacquie Keelan Headteacher Cedar Primary School for organising our two day visit to the school.

We started with a massive emphasis on analog responses, to a digital stimulus.

A massive well done, and thank you, to all of the teachers today, for joining in so fully, in all of the opportunities, activities, and learning experiences.

The word “teacher” is too one sided.

When we offer challenges, and register the fact that this could mean a sense of »failing« from time to time, we face up to failing, and register how essential it is. Making mistakes is not the end of the world – they could lead to another step in the right direction.

We have to face challenges to move forward. An exercise book, full of ticks, might mean that the tasks were, in fact, too easy. Making mistakes, and then finding out how to avoid making that mistake regularly, is surely the core of good learning.

As teachers, it is vital to make our own mistakes and laugh gently at them. This exhibits our personal, positive attitude – something some of our students won’t have had modelled around them before.

Admitting weaknesses and being unsure about something, could be a sign of strength. If you don’t know something, (how to operate a new piece of equipment, for example) it can be good to be honest, and let students know – There will be children who do know, or some who would benefit from the process of working out how it works.

If we DO know something, pretending we don’t is, sometimes, when the best learning can take place (for everybody).

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  1. Ben Hawkins says:

    Thank-you for an inspiring morning, especially that magic moment when all those Year 6 children realised they WANTED their writing!
    I am looking forward to seeing what you have in store for day 2.

  2. Tim says:

    Thanks Ben
    We’re looking forward to going all digital tomorrow too

  3. Lorraine Crick says:

    I had the privilege of being in both sessions today. To see the year 6’s so animated, discussing and writing about the mystical world was great, I will always remember to say similes and metaphors in that funny posh voice from now on. The afternoon was very different, such clever children management and great expression and concentration from everyone involved. You managed to combine movement, listening skills, hyping them up and bring them back down again! I’m definitely trying that one with my class. Looking forward to tomorrow.

  4. Tim says:

    Thank you Lorraine
    Thanks too for doing two great mindmaps of what happened in the sessions
    We are looking forward to a full on digital day tomorrow too

  5. Jacquie Keelan says:

    What a fabulous day Tim, as ever – Thank you. Great to see the children so keen to get to their writing and I know my teachers are very excited about tomorrow. Sarah, well done on these fabulous pictures which capture the essence of the day so well – I can almost touch the genius.
    Looking forward to tomorrow’s session very much.

  6. Tim says:

    Thank you Jacquie. Your children are a credit to your teachers
    We are looking forward to getting all digital today

  7. Martha Wright says:

    Thank you for a fantastic morning with Year 6. It was so lovely to see the children so engaged and eager to write.

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