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Encouraging writing with young children

It’s been a hectic few weeks but I have so much to share so lots more blog posts will be on there way soon!

Encouraging children to write in the early years is simple as long as you are super creative!

I always ensure that writing is in every area of my year 1 class and I encourage children by modelling the ranges of writing in each area.

For instance, in the construction area I model how children can design and plan their buildings before creating them.

Our current topic is people who help us! After inviting the police in to talk with the children, the children then entered the classroom after lunch to find this!

It got the children talking and wanting to investigate what had happened.

Who do the footprints belong to?

Why did they enter our classroom?

Let’s write about what have seen and how can investigate just like the police!

Creativity is definitely key, the amount of children that started to write because they were so engaged that afternoon was great!

Let’s make sure the curriculum is still enjoyable for children despite some of the absurd objectives.

Let me know your creative writing ideas!

#Miss Pinnock

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This week I got my wand out .. and waved get over it!

Teaching for me is such an amazing job! I honestly go to work bursting with energy ready to make a difference for the children.

This week has been a rollercoaster from a range of curriculum demands… to actual magical moment of a struggling learner grasping and independently completing a task in Maths!

What a roller coaster of emotions but I’m glad I’m moving onto Friday with a huge smile, laughing off the mixes of madness this week has brought!

Teaching definitely faces challenges, which unfortunately for some people are too stressful to take. But if you are a new teacher reading this completely overwhelmed, my advice is to honestly laugh it off.

Laugh it off. Do what’s best for the children and keep moving forward!

Have a lovely weekend everyone ☺️☺️💕

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Children’s development Vs the curriculum

I love this quote. I love that each individual child is so unique and different inside and out. It’s strange that we have such a wealth of knowledge based on children and how they learn. Yet the curriculum leaves teachers with little time to explore topics and the pressure of getting children to ‘meeting’ ‘greater depth’ or even deciding that a child is just always going to be ‘developing.’

Wouldn’t it be nice to just spend time with your class to really watch them grow and achieve at a rate that suits them? If children really learn at their own rate, then why do we push them so much to understand something there and then?

I am hoping that soon the education system changes to fit the child, so that we no longer need to ‘fit’ the child into the system.

I have a feeling that this is such a big U.K. problem.

Anyone from other countries feel free to comment I would love to hear your thoughts!

#MissPinnock

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The reason why the workload isn’t a ‘big’ enough problem

Feeling super guilty as my promise of frequent blogging has slipped away a little bit, but life has taken over!

I came across this picture on twitter and I just thought wow it really sums up the reasons as to why I keep going.

Why I continue day in and day out to do my 100% best for my class even though I am emotionally and physically exhausted by the end of it.

The reason why I continue to smile and strive after a ‘lemon sucker parent’ has sucked my happiness 5 minutes earlier!

Teaching is by far one of the hardest, most time consuming career but the work that’s put in is life changing for the next generation!

I could never imagine giving up on any child! It’s a shame that the teaching profession isn’t given the acknowledgement it really needs.

Let’s hope in time to come things will change!

Just a thought of the day..#MissPinnock

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Teacher life!

Many Teachers work so hard day in, day out. Sometimes we are unappreciated for our efforts or the slight bit of negativity puts a damper on the day!

But I came across this quote and I think it is something we all need to remember:

Let’s not focus on the negativity. Let’s celebrate and sing along to the positivity instead!

The positives are much stronger than the negatives in this career! We need to make sure it’s heard more than anything else

Let’s make a difference.

#MissPinnock