Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 188

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“Your illness does not define you, your strength and courage does.” – Unknown

Thanks, Spidey.

A quick shoutout to all those Cancer patients and survivors out there.

I’ll be recovering from my fundraising walk for Cancer Research UK when you read this.

(Actually, I hope we will have actually finished…!)

But no matter!

We have raised a great amount to help this charity continue doing the amazing work they do.

We have all been touched by this disease, in one way or another, either knowing someone who has suffered and come through, or sadly lost their fight, or even been one of the warriors against it ourselves.

Here’s hoping there will be a time when Cancer is a thing of the past…

If you were to fundraise for a charity, which would it be? 😘

Have a peaceful Sunday Peeps ❤ And enjoy your week!

Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 187

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“The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.” – Khalil Gibran

Thanks, Spidey.

This.

This is what I feel teaching is all about!

As a teacher of the youngest in the school chain, the Nursery and Reception classes, I have always said, and continue to utter, my job is to create a love of learning.

It’s not called the Foundation Stage for nothing.

We are building the foundation for the rest of their school careers.

We, as educators of the first-timers, have a responsibility to instil the importance of education and school within these little mites, make their learning interactive and fun, so they go on to have successful school lives, where they feel prepared for all the curriculum is going to throw at them.

We should make them realise they have all the capabilities within – they just need to work out how to tap them.

They need to realise that there isn’t just one way to do something, but there are myriad ways to solve problems.

We need to grasp their thoughts and help them go with the flow, sometimes losing all track of the planned lesson, when someone poses a question that can ignite further exploration and learning.

We need to teach them how to learn.

I haven’t forgotten.

Miss Wilson.

She was my nursery teacher and the most wonderful teacher ever, making my first days in school, a three year old with English as a second language, such a joy.

So much of a pleasure that I went back to her as an sixteen year old, and volunteered in her class, where she was, by then, known as Mrs Haynes.

I felt so happy, and secure there, it impacted upon my whole school life, and going forward, because of her, and some other amazing teachers, I realised that this was what I wanted to do.

And I hope that I am one of those teachers, remembered for her impact upon children’s lives, but something that irks me, when you ask someone about their teachers, the comments are always about secondary teachers, or late primary ones. Does everyone forget those that shaped their educational futures?

Tell me, do you still remember your Nursery/kindergarten/preschool teachers? 😘

Have a peaceful Sunday Peeps ❤ And enjoy your week!

Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 82

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Instruction does much, but encouragement, everything. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The start of the academic new year, Spidey thought it warranted a quote regarding education.
I like the thought behind this quote. In fact, I live it.
I am a totally firm believer that we can teach a child, or rather try to teach a child all that he needs to know, but without that warmth and encouragement, they may not ever really ‘get it’.
It’s not a case of rote learning, nowadays. There are many aspects of a curriculum that we have to teach children, and we can write on a board, we can get children to copy  theory into their books, we can throw worksheets about like the next person, give homework and spend time marking it all, rewarding with ticks and chastising with crosses.
But that ‘instruction’ alone is not enough for many children. The confidence to try something new,  to make a mistake before being corrected, it is all quite a scary process.
And as educators, it is our responsibility to not just teach, but to encourage all our class members, whether they are whizzing through work, or if they are struggling, and not forgetting those that are ‘managing’.
I think back to my school days, and the teachers that I remember are the ones who were always there, by my side, saying “You can do it!”, “Try this” or “Have a go”.
That encouragement and faith in me pushed me to get my GCSE’s, and A-Levels, and go on to get my degree.
Now, as a teacher, I may not be teaching the upper echelons of the school ladder. In fact, I am laying the foundations.
My job is to give these tiny 3-4-year-olds a firm base for the schooling they are going to receive in the future, to teach them to love school, and encourage them to try their best, whatever their best may be.
I want to ignite a passion for learning, a thirst for knowledge, that they understand with be quenched when they go to school. My wish is to send these tots off at the end of the year with an excitement for ‘Big School’, so the more encouragement I can give them, the better.
Every scribble will be cheered, every instance of sharing will be lauded, each day with no tears will be prized. Each sound they learn, every time they count whether correctly or not, every story their imagination plays out in that home corner, will be a moment to celebrate.
It doesn’t sound too academic, right? But if you can’t share, mix with others, separate from your carer without tears, how can you step into an environment to learn?
We encourage these very traits at the beginning, and once we have secure children, we begin to ‘teach’. Some will be secure straight away, some may not feel that security until much later, but the biggest thing is to get that security first.
Once these children can trust us, we can mould them, with our encouragement, and create vessels that are waiting to be filled, like books with pages void of words, waiting to be written in.
And they’re ready for that next step in their academic life….
Have a restful, blessed Sunday Peeps!

Wise Wednesday

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I think this speaks for itself Peeps,
You gotta lay your own foundations first, before building your future, or before expecting something on a plate…

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