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Teacher

Marking Year 11 coursework at a school here in Huddersfield

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Doing my PHD

Sat in a computer study room doing my PhD. At the University of Manchester. UK

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Extra journey time

Today, I’m at my ‘other’ office in Hendon, North London, but to get here I had to go on the M25 today, which today was frought with many delays. All this meant I could stay in the car for longer and listen to my favorite morning Radio show, Chris Evans. So even though there were hassles, good things arose :)

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Leap year baby wait

We are expecting our first baby here in Palawan, Philippines. The wait goes on, my birthday 3 days ago (i would have called him “Martin” too), now leap year day, a special day. My girlfriend is not very keen on giving birth today, she doesn’t want Alfonso to be born today, but I think it is a special unique day. I have only experienced 12 of them in my life, so what’s the problem ? There were some twinges and backpains early in the day, but since then …… nothing, only the regularly movements , becoming more and more restricted in my girlfriend’s womb. I would be proud to be born on Leap Year Day, as long as i have a real birthday, on 1st March, on non-Leap Year Days.
So the wait goes on, now i guess Alfonso will be a March baby, only a few hours left to find out. My girlfriend has a history of quick births, wish Alfonso luck in his arrival …….

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29 things we love about our school

1. Football
2 Karate
3 busy bug clubs
4 school plays
5. Happy children
6. Lots of smiles
7 our allotments
8 greenhouse made of bottles
9 roller hockey
10 cricket
11 blogging
12 our school website
13 our podcasting site
14 school food
15 visiting Kingswood
16 going on the London Eye
17 seeing your friends
18 Hathersage trips
19 doing charity work
20 school disco
21 amazing lessons
22 Great art work
23 science experiments
24 sports day
24 party in the yard
25 learning guitar
26 playing the drums
27 looking after the chickens
28 camping out at school
29 Dare graduation

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What do you want to do in life?

I am reading a blog post I made on another blog and thought I would share it with you.
We had an online questionnaire to do at our school a while back with our 6 and 7 year olds. I read the questions and the child had to decide wether it was yes or no. Here are some of the questions and answers.
‘Do you know how to make your self a better reader?’
‘wear my glassess’
‘Do you know what to do if someone bullies you?’
‘Yes hit em back!’
‘Do you know what you want to be when you grow up?’
‘Yep a dad’
‘Do you want to go to university?’
‘yes’
‘But do you know what university is?
‘Yes a planet!’
‘Do you know how to make yourself better at Maths?’
‘Yes really look at the numbers’

I love kids! They always bring a smile to my face.

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PPA day

Today I have had a PPA day. (Planning preparation and assessment) So I have been catching up on planning and IEP’s as well as assessing 30 pieces of writing – it’s been a busy day!

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CC Blogs the Day

We are all gathered together blogging the day. We have a little revolution going on in school. In partnership with Google we have been spearheading the development of Google Apps for Education in conjunction with the Independent Schools Association (isanet.ning). This has been really exciting. The children are enthused; they are taking ownership of the work. They blog, they mail, they work collaboratively with each other and with me. They send me little projects they have been working on, not always stuff they have been asked to do. Sometimes they just say “Hello”. Some are even combining the technologies of Google Docs and Skype, having online conversations with each other, in real time.

This IS the future – go for it!

Have a look at our school’s weblog, based on the Google Sites format.

https://sites.google.com/a/clairescourt.net/claires-court—ridgeway/

:)

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XBOX!!!!!!

XBOX IS BETTER THAN PS3!!!!!!!!!!!

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Bucket List – 29 things to do!

1. Galapagos Islands – done, a must
2. Swim with a dolphin – done , what wonderful creatures. Let’s hope that in future countries such as Japan and Denmark can no longer wantonly slay them for fun!
3. Swim with a shark – great experience, again please in future stop the cruel practise of slicing off their fins for soup and leaving them to die
4. Whale-watching. A fantastic experience – see above about cruelty and slaying!
5. Visit Paris – romantic and cosmopolitan
6. See the wonderful landscape of New Zealand. Bungee jump? Not for me!
7. Visit Australia – am looking forward to going someday.
8. Go on safari – one for the future.
9. Visit the Amazon – a must before it disppears. Fantastic experience.
10. Visit the Mayan palaces in Mexico – done!
11. Visit Taj Mahal – awesome!
12. Visit the elephant orphanage in Sri Lanka – awesome.
13. Fly over Mount Everest – awesome.
14. Visit Machu Picchu – to do!
15. See polar bears in arctic – to do!
16. Alaskan cruise to see glaciers – awesome!
17. See an Ashes test match – to do!
18. See a ODI in West Indies – to do!
19. Ride in a hot air balloon – to do!
20. Helicopter over Niagara Falls – awesome!
21. Visit Las vegas – amazing.
22. Visit the Grand Canyon – amazing
23. Even better – visit the Bryson Canyon!
24. Fly over the Statue of Liberty – to do!
25. Take the Orient Express – to do!
26. Take the bullet train – to do!
27. Travel on the Trans Siberian railway – to do!
28. Swim in the Great Barrier Reef and visit Uluru – to do!
29. Walk in the Peak District – fantastic scenery.

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Chickens in Holmfirth

How excited was I when I was woken by my new addition to the coop…a Transylvanian Naked Neck cockerel. Very, very ugly but not lacking appeal as the chickens enthusiasm showed. ……do take a look.

http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/news/food-security/2011/110315-pr-study-shows-chickens-keep-cool.aspx

Looking forward to many more rude awakenings but hoping they won’t be too early.

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Today in Y4 at Green Park

Y4 had a very busy day today. It started at 8.50 this morning when the children came tumbling in. Some children work on Numeracy via I Am Learning while the rest work and discuss Numeracy problems. After that “Bill’s New Frock” was discussed and the children wrote the start of a version of “Gill’s New Trousers”.

Playtime followed, and I was on playground duty. It was a little different today because Sadie pinched my whistle so that I couldn’t blow for the end of playtime!

Chunking was the order of the day for Numeracy and although it can be a bit tricky Y4 were pretty successful.

Lunchtime came and went and although there was an incident or two to do with football (isn’t there always?) and then students from Deyes High School came to rehearse with Y4 for their upcoming dance performance.

Before all the children went home there was an assembly.

It was perhaps the loveliest day for weather this year in our small town just outside Liverpool but not as good a day as my visit to Wembley on Sunday to watch Liverpool win the Carling Cup Final.

One of our pupils became very famous at Wembley. He appeared on TV and has since had over one and a half million hits on Youtube http://www.liverpoolfc.tv/news/latest-news/video-that-made-this-boy-famous

Y4′s blog is http://year4.greenparkschool.org.uk/

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an ordinary day on leap day

I am working!
Creating a farm world using MinecraftEdu for my students to use tomorrow.
Doing tech help jobs at my school.
Discussing the Fibonacci sequence with fourth graders in relation to Logo programming.
Having a cuppa tea.

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Bonus Day

A long day – recovering from getting the kitchen made over and the ceiling in the living room – also getting skimmed by a plasterer yesterday… Add to that only a couple of hours sleep – and you have a busy day. Teach – collect minibus – go to a slightly frustrating meeting – teach – get kit ready for team – drive to venue – enjoy company of colleague from rival school – relish quality grass lovingly looked after by Independent School groundstaff – take early goal – then end up losing 2-3… back to school – gather kit – resort Google calendar entry – muse about clash I should have seen but didn’t when asked – wonder why the other person couldn’t have looked it up themselves – home through heavy traffic – wife unhappy – washing machine doesn’t work – chips for tea – takeaway reflecting transitory nature of home situation – painting to be done when the ceiling dries out – meanwhile dog needs walking – work piles up (again) parents evening tomorrow night – where do the weeks go? England v Holland in background – stomach heavy – smoke from neighbours still a potential worry and issue – think better tomorrow – hate to think weekend soon… lol

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off to Seattle to present

..am preparing to fly to Seattle from New York, where I will present 2 sessions at NAIS, a national equation conference, one is a speed innovating session on the Future of Textbooks, and the second is on Design Thinking with my co-presenter, kim lane and rinat aruh

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Gifted writer

First of all I was finishing my motivation letter. I want to be employed. Then I made all the copies and wrote the adress on the envelope. Then I get showerd and washed my hair before I went to the ballet-hour. But my teacher wasn’t there. She has written a paper and matched it on the door: I’m ill. That was the first time in nearly ten years, that she doesn’t work. Normally she gives lessons, even when she feels not good or while in pain.

So I went strictly to the post with my letter. It was a sunny day. At 7:45 I made a picture of the blue and red sky and posted it on facebook. I saw a formation of birds coming back from the south. Just beautiful! My facebook friends liked and commented it.

I went to the store to buy food and orange juice for the family. Then I came home and spent some time on facebook and my sister called me before she went to the cortège of Basel. I told her that these year I don’t come to watch and I felt a bit sad. Last year I was there with my daughter, she was 13 years then. Now she had to work for the school.

Then I startet cooking. I made something I never did before. Little cheese cakes, some of them I filled with muchroom and legume. My little daughter came home from school and we startet eating and we liked it!

Then came her father and my older daughter and we were sitting all together and talking. After eating, the adults had coffee and the whole familiy was eating a famous swiss chocolate with honey and reading the newspaper and the music channel on tv didn’t work anymore, because they had a technical changing day. My little daughter (12) was mad because of that. She loves music, especially Michael Jackson.

In the afternoon, I met a friend and we had a little walk. Then I went to the library. They had reserved a new book for me. I took one for my daughter too.

As I came back, I found that a woman wants to be friend with me on facebook. I accepted, she seemed familiar to me. Then I asked her and she answered and wrote these words: you are a gifted writer. We had been pregnand at the same time with our first kids! And I startet writing with her and now we know that our younger children will go at the same school in summer, maybe in the same class, that whoud be nice, but it’s nearly impossible because of many, many students.

But one never knows! Such a fantastic day. She told me, that she allways reads my posting in the internet. It’s so beautiful to be connected even if we don’t know, who reads us all ;)

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My Life

Today I am caring for my 2 wonderful children, who both have autistic spectrum disorder. Although every day is a challenge, it is always fun and full of surprises! They have given me the gifts of tolerance, patience and to look at life in a different way. In 20 years time they will be 30 and 28 and I hope the world will have moved on enough to accept disability of any kind and celebrate difference!

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Freedom from telephone spam

It feels wonderful – I have successfully registered my mother’s and my own landline telephone numbers to the Telephone Preference Service in an attempt to prevent unwanted and nusiance phone calls! Hurray – can’t wait to notice the reduction in aggrevation from cold calling calls at mealtimes etc

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Learning how to blog

Today on the 29th Feb (Leap Year) I am learning how to blog .At last I can send my message to 29!!! other countries around the world. Good luck to all the wonderful people who have a birthday on the 29th!!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Just want to wish my daughter Leanne a very happy 20th (5th) birthday today. Have a wonderful day (when you wake up, after being out clubbing until 4.50 this morning) xx

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