Saturday, 11 September 2010

Love and learning

An INSET day on 10th September gave me ample opportunity to learn!
  • It's fun nosing around other schools!
  • What my package is.... Yay! (I regularly do surveys for a particular company for market research; they often mention that 'a reputable manufacturer' would be interested in my opinion and so I might receive a product sample in the post - but I never do! Until now :-) Can't tell you what it is though, sorry!)
  • We will always self-segregate. When different schools get together for shared training, we will sit with colleagues from our own schools. It's natural, but it's a shame.
  • An inspiring quotation from Dr Haim Ginott:
I've come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It's my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child's life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or de-humanized.
  • This guy's memory for names is phenomenal! There must be 50 of us in here and he knows us all!
  • These chairs are very uncomfortable after an hour or so!
  • A short break can be so refreshing :-)
  • Bribes (especially sweets) are a good motivator...
  • What these acronyms mean (I knew the first two, but the others were new to me):

WALT = We Are Learning To
WILF = What I'm Looking For
TIB = This Is Because.../WIB = Why am I Bothered?
WAGOLL = What A Good One Looks Like
WINK = What I Now Know
  • It feels strange to wear your watch on the other wrist!
  • Lots of useful and inspiring ideas about classroom and behaviour management :-)
  • My camera's been on widescreen for a couple of days, oops!
  • Looks like I'll only need to print off two pages of photos for my paper project, so no paper scrapping till 15th September :-(
  • I am SO lucky to have my The Doctor xxxx


scrappyjacky said...

I've had lots of interesting samples to test....including a large pack of dog food....that asked me to evaluate the colour,texture,size of the pieces....and not to give it to the dog to eat....yeah, right!!!

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

I'm really enjoying your lists, Mel. :o) LOVE the quote you have posted within this particular list. xo

debs14 said...

Fab list, especially the quote, so true!

Sian said...

Wearing your watch on the other wrist? That would shake things up a bit! Interesting thought. Another very good list.

Anonymous said...

What an accurate quote about the power of teachers! Our district solved the segregating problem by assigning seats for workshops like this. It always irritated everyone, but actually was quite good most of the time. By the time I retired I knew a huge percentage of the staff in my very large district.

Rhona said...

That quote is so relevant, I know how much the teacher's mood/attitude affects E.

Maria Ontiveros said...

Interesting to piece together your day from your lessons

Amy said...

The Engineer tells me all the time that I am the family barometer - he must have heard that quote some time before ;-)