Expedition Everest – Thematic Learning

Expedition Everest – Thematic Learning

The way that meaningful learning contexts and extended projects can be embedded in the primary classroom has always been a research and pedagogical interest of mine. I have developed many projects during my time in the classroom including the Brer Rabbit Critical Literacy project I ran in collaboration with The Wren’s Nest museum in Atlanta, USA. The most successful projects have included: An open-ended theme with a range of text types and curriculum areas embedded. An

#nurture1314 – The year in review…

#nurture1314 – The year in review…

All over the world, education folk are taking part in #nurture1314 – an idea which began last year and has gained more traction this year via Twitter. The premise is simple – post your 13 best moments/achievements of 2013 and then your top 14 hopes or plans for 2014. 2013 2013 has been a year of significant change and readjustment for me. It has been a year of significant highs but also challenges. This has

Papers and Research

Papers and Research

I’m in the process of re-adding all of my previous research and documents to this site. I am aware my blogging activity has dwindled this year but I hope that in 2014 I will have a more active blogging presence. Feedback on any of the papers is, as always, very welcome. Dissertation – Exploring the effects of multimodality on writing. Winner of UKLA Dissertation award. ESRC Paper – ‘A fixed point in time and pedagogy’ presented at

Retiring Technologies

Retiring Technologies

With the change of command ceremony on Saturday, our time on the ISS [International Space Station] has really come to an end and our focus is on descent. Last time, I landed in the summer in the desert of California in a space shuttle. This time, it will be winter on the steppes of Kazakhstan in a gumdrop shaped capsule! I have a feeling I already know which one will be bumpier… [Sunita Williams –

Badges for Learning

Badges for Learning

A couple of months ago I wrote about introducing Badges for Learning onto my class blog to link specifically to my classroom management system both in the online and offline world. I had initially encountered badges from the likes of Foursquare and GetGlue where ‘checking in’ to locations and films allowed me to earn badges/stickers. Foursquare badges and GetGlue stickers initially sowed the seed of how digital rewards may be used in my classroom. It wasn’t until

Simon Finch on Social Media

I have a great deal of respect for Simon Finch (also known as @simfin on Twitter). He speaks very wisely about teachers and children using social media – backed up with evidence and sound advice. It’s no wonder he has been short-listed for a Naace Impact Award. I was honoured to find that Simon had included some of my work in his BETT presentation about social media in education. Initially the @ClassroomTweets (Using Twitter in

Blogging and the Imagined Audience

Blogging and the Imagined Audience

I’ve had a great time engaging in blogging for audience and purpose with my class over the past term and a half. Not least, our communication with NASA Educator Astronaut Barbara Morgan last month. Blogging has proven itself to really bring the world into my classroom and allow the children to engage in meaningful dialogue with an audience that is not necessarily anonymous. Julia Davies (2006: 60) wrote that blogging allows users to share their voice with

Why I teach…

Why I teach…

I write this on a day that is poignant – January 28th – 27 years after the Challenger Space Shuttle Disaster. At this time every year I remember the crew who lost their lives on that day including Christa McAuliffe – the first teacher in space. Christa was a credit to the teaching profession and wisely said: I touch the future… I teach. She was always a teacher, never an astronaut, and intended to go