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Inspiration
Sunday, May 18th, 2014 | Author:

Following on from last month’s post about what inspired me, I thought I would share a little bit of what inspires me now.

In my study/third bedroom, it is a bit of a mess. My wife hates working in there as I have bits of paper and post-its everywhere. On one wall I have postcards and thank you notes from 2Simple, BrainPOP and other companies that I might have done a little bit for. This might just be that I presented for them at Bett or ran a training session, but they all tend to go on the wall.

On another wall, just above the computer where I am typing this now, there are about 20 cards from children and parents. I don’t display every thank you card, but there are some, (including the one that starts with an apology about how she treated me at the start of the year) that just mean something a bit special. They are also there as a reminder of some of the amazing children that I have had the pleasure to work with and to have in my class.

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This one is from three of my Digital Leaders who came with me to LWF to present. They had a great day out and as a thank you for me taking them for lunch while we were there, they bought me a voucher for the same restaurant as a leaving present!

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This card was a little different because it also came with a signed football. Signed by all of the girls that had been in my team that year. After school clubs can be a bit of a drain after a long day and I’m glad that the girls enjoyed it as much as I did.

 

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These three are from parents. All very different but they include a girl that was almost mute at the start of the year and her parents thanked me for working on her confidence. It’s always nice to know that there is a bit of thought put into these notes rather than just giving the child a card and present to hand to their teacher on the last day. These are children that developed a great deal while in my class and I am pleased that the parents agreed too.

 

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This is the best present I have ever been given. In around 2007, a band called the Hoosiers released a song called “Goodbye Mr A” and a few months later, when I left my first school, one of my children presented me with this. It’s a reworded version of the lyrics to the song and it has been on my wall ever since.

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This one isn’t a teaching thing, but this reminds me of what I have achieved. If you had told me 6 years ago, when I struggled to run one mile, that I would have completed the Great South Run 5 times and ran 5 half-marathons, I would never have believed you. I’m not exactly Mo Farah and I’m a slow runner who often slips back into “non-training mode” but seeing what I have done in the past has helped me to try for new challenges in the future.

Don’t get me wrong, I definitely don’t do any this for the praise, but the feeling that you are making a difference is well worth it.

What Inspired Me?
Friday, April 18th, 2014 | Author:

I have been asked by the SHINE charity to write a short blog post about being inspired at school. to find out more about SHINE, there is a link at the bottom of this post.

The question posed was…What inspired me at school?

I honestly can’t remember. When I was a child, I spent four years at Riders Infant School and then a year at the Junior school before asking my parents to move me elsewhere. I was an able child, it was (and is) a deprived area and I wasn’t being challenged enough. I certainly don’t think I was special at all, but I felt that I could do it all. I do remember moments when I was proved wrong, like when I completed the whole of the Maths workbook but got lots wrong because we hadn’t looked at that bit yet, but still, in Year 2 (as it is now) I was certainly doing Junior level work. Moving to the Juniors was a terrible experience. I was there just a year and hated every second. I can’t even remember why it was so bad, but in a whole year’s education, and I would have been eight years old, I can’t remember anything from my time there.

So I moved schools and went to Front Lawn Junior which, in comparison, was a wonderful place. Instead of classes of 30ish, we had a huge class of about 55. With two teachers. It was open plan, we had different teachers for different things and I met other children that were just as able as I was. I loved it. I was there for three years and they were the best three years of my school life (I hated every second of secondary school too, but that’s probably another story, right?)

It makes me think, what made the time at Front Lawn so good? I remember cross-curricular activities such as the one where we asked to design a new development for the recreation ground behind our school. I remember the science lesson where we used different washing powders and soaps to get stains out of fabric. I remember being set complicated challenges by my teachers to stretch me in every way possible. I remember having teachers that made learning fun and relevant. I think that is what inspired me. It inspires me to make my class enjoy what they are doing and to make it purposeful.

Oddly, twenty years after leaving Riders Junior school, I went back. This time as a teacher. I don’t want any child in my class to feel like I did when I was there. I don’t want them to be bored, disinterested and disillusioned. I want them to learn, and learn lots, I want to provide them with the experiences that they might not normally have. This might be visiting the Spinnaker Tower, which despite being less than 10 miles away was something many had never been to before. It might be the residential trips that I have spent hours and hours planning and fighting so that every child in my year group that wants to go, can go. I want to give them the best that I can. I want them to look back in a few years time, or in twenty years time, and remember that their time at Riders Junior wasn’t that bad really. You never know, some might even say they enjoyed themselves.

So what inspires/inspired you?

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