It’s 14.00 on Wednesday 24th July and school is officially out!
At this moment in time I shall be making my way to the car, wheel spinning out of the school car park, to catch a flight to Amsterdam for a few days to celebrate the start of the holidays. Not a bad way to start the 5 1/2 week summer holiday!
I shall also be going to a music festival and spending a huge chunk of the holiday in France. As always I shall be out running as usual keeping up regular weekly miles – 500 miles this year already!
I shall be updating my blog during the holidays with education musings and thoughts! With the results coming out next month and the Department for Education changes there is a lot to be getting on with and to discuss. Have a great holiday everyone : )
Former colleague and NQT Amber Moore has recently started her own blog on the adventures of being a Geography NQT. The new blog is entitled geogonthespot! Amber recently returned to Gillingham School, after completing her PGCE at Plymouth University, to observe some KS5 lessons and help out on our Stourhead Orienteering Year 7 fieldtrip.
Amber will be completing her NQT year at Avon Valley School in Wiltshire. You can view her blog here or follow her on twitter @AmberKatja
Good luck with your NQT year Amber!
‘Hey! Long-time no see…’ Yes, it’s been a while since I have blogged anything of any substance. Like for all you all, it’s been a crazy year of educational changes, long hours and hard-work…and I let the blogging slip! Whoops…
Well, like Dr Who, it was time for change on the look of miketidd.com too! The old style blog was looking its age and it needed being regenerated, hope you like the new look – any feedback is greatly appreciated!
I am still Head of Geography at Gillingham School in North Dorset. This was my fourth year here and the time has flown with all the educational changes. During the last four years the department and I have surfed the GCSE and A ‘Level changes introduced back in September 2009. We have revolutionised Key Stage 3 rebranding Geography at Gillingham as the most innovative and creative subject the school has to offer. Results have improved in both GCSE and AS and A2 with new subject best yet records!
This past year has been no different with Michael Gove introducing further amendments to GCSEs back in September and again for 2015. There have been announcements for A ‘Level changes in September 2013 and now a new National Curriculum for 2015. Exciting and trying times at the same time. The issue for me is there doesn’t seem to be a time to reflect or converse with those at the top to help shape the future of education – are we always doing the right thing for the children?
I will be celebrating ten years as a teacher at the end of July – is the future bright and positive for teachers? I still believe it is! We are the ones who are in charge. The Minister of Education will change. The Government will change. We are the only mainstay. As long as there are innovative and creative teachers (and there are lots of you out there) education will continue to flourish. I will be writing and tweeting (@tiddtalk) all the good things that are happening around the world. All comments are greatly received via the blog or twitter (@tiddtalk).
Keep up the good work folks : )
Here are 25 simple ideas you might want to do in the classroom. If you have any questions or would like to add to my next 25 ideas (to be posted later in the year), please contact me via the blog or by twitter (@tiddtalk). Enjoy!
1. Post it notes
2. Make a volcano cake
3. Country of the week – Shower curtain map
4. Tweet it – Summarise what you have learnt in 140 words or less
5. Model it with plastercine
6. Pop Up Models
7. BBC news clips
8. Thinking cards
9. Tidd News – create your own broadcast
11. Collaborative learning – passing the paper around adding more ideas
12. Create mark scheme criteria
14. Board games
15. Mystery backpack – where in the world using the clues inside!
16. Draw it
17. Blog it
18. 5 W’s
19. Washing Line
20. Computer Game pitch – Dragons Den
22. Living graph
23. Tidd Times
24. Emotive graph
25. Geography in the news
Yes, it is that time of year again for the Education Blog Awards! Last year I was extremely lucky and proud to have been of nominated and shortlisted for two blog awards; Best Teacher Blog and Most Influential Blog. This year I have been nominated for Best Teacher Blog and Most Influential Blog – thank you!
Every year the number of nominated blogs increases. For me though, it is reading about what is happening in schools and colleges across the world. There are so many amazing and innovative ideas that are taking place. There is plenty of food for thought out there by all the education bloggers! This year the awards are sponsored by Child Education, Primary Blogger and Just2Easy.
If you would like to vote for me or anyone else please click here.
Thank you and good luck to all my fellow bloggers!
The term has been flying past at a super fast rate that it has taking me some time to start blogging again. I have really enjoyed the start of the year so far – there really does feel a buzz up in Geography department with all the many changes we have done to Key Stage 3 and the brilliant work all our students have been producing.
With that in mind, my Year 13 class have been working on some presentations regarding food supply problems around the world. As always they were all excellent so I thought I would include one of the them for you to look at by Olly, Alex and Will – well done chaps and enjoy!
And the winner is…?
Yes, today we find out who are the winners of the UK Education Blog Awards. The awards are split between four categories;
Last month we found out who were the ten shortlisted blogs for each category from over three hundred nominated. I was extremely proud to be nominated and then shortlisted for two awards; Most Influential Blog of the Year and Teacher Blog of the Year.
Thank you to Scholastic Education, Creative Blogs and Primary Blogger for sponsoring the awards this year.
Every edublogger has been blogging away in anticipation. But who has won? Click here to find out! Well done to all the education bloggers in the blogosphere – keep up the good work!
I have recently found out that I have been shortlisted for two Education Blog Awards; Teacher Blog of the Year and Most Influential Blog. These awards have been set up to award blogging in schools in the UK.
Thank you to everyone who nominated and voted for my blog for these two awards. As a fairly new blogger (since January 2010), I am extremely pleased with being shortlisted. My blog is now being judged by five judges; John Davitt, Paula Hubbard, Ollie Bray, Margaret Vaas and Tim Rylands. The blog winners will be announced on 1st June – good luck to all the bloggers who have been shortlisted!
It is with great pleasure to announce that nominations and votes are open for the Education Blog Awards for 2011. I am very pleased to say that I have been nominated and have received votes from the readers out there in the blogosphere! Thank you!
Why do I write a blog? Since I started writing my blog in January 2010, I have learnt and shared new ideas from many different teachers. I really enjoy sharing ideas with other practitioners and learning a new technique or way of doing something. Sometimes we are left to our own devices and perhaps we should be talking and sharing resources on a more regular basis.
For the last few years I have found blogs a great source to further my understanding and learn new skills as a teacher. I have always said that a teacher never stops learning. Just like our students we as teaching practitioners are constantly learning new techniques on improving our methods we use in the classroom. This is part of the reason why I love teaching, it is never dull and is a challenge I relish on a daily basis.
Out on the ‘Blogosphere’ are some brilliant writers who share their teaching experiences, daily routines, ideas, schemes of work, lessons…you name it and teachers are writing about it! Reading about someone else’s experience can create and add to your armoury of activities. Some of the best writers out there are Ollie Bray, Dave Rogers and Alan Parkinson who I wholly recommend on reading. It is also a great opportunity to network with other teachers around the world.
If you would like to vote for a blog – please follow the link here on at the top right hand corner which will take you to the Education Blog Awards website to cast your vote. Good luck to all the bloggers out there!
A blog I have been recently reading courtesy of my brothers’ insistence is Idris Mootee’s innovation playground. Idris is a business strategist and business specialist who blogs about his thoughts and feelings regarding business, innovation and emerging technologies. He is the founder of Idea Couture, winner of the innovative company of the year award.
Idris Mootee is an authority in strategic innovation, a system and design thinker, Idris partners with clients in all sectors globally to identify their highest-value innovation opportunities, address their most critical challenges, explore strategic options and develop breakthrough ideas.
Idris is a huge fan of thinking outside of the box and using your imagination to move forward or solve problems. It is a very thought-provoking, interesting and humorous read regardless of your education/business background. Idris has several ideas that can be transferable to a school or department. I particular love his use of quotes in his blogs (how does he know so many?!?). He is very forward thinking who is always trying to stay one step ahead of the crowd…which perhaps is why he is very successful at what he does. I recommend reading innovation playground…it’s the future. It has many links to education and how we teach young people using his ideas from the world of business, a major part is enjoying yourself and having fun. If we gave a five-year old a cardboard box, a pen and a ruler and told them to design a hotel, they would. But if we gave the same scenario to an adult, they would come up with problems. This is a process that happens as a person gets older and we seem to put up barriers. We must become more innovative in education and look outside the box occasionally.
If Idris would ever like to catch up for a coffee to discuss the future of schools and education I would be more than happy!