A month has passed in the flash of an eye, partly because we took an extended Easter Holiday of three weeks before starting back to full time online learning from 20 April. So it’s been just over a week of a new structure for the school that I described in my last blog post - mainly focussing on three hour long online lessons in the afternoon supplemented by activities and pastoral sessions in the mornings.
Needless to say, along with everyone else the past month was half normal(ish) and then quite suddenly completely different. Following the announcement by the government of school closures nationwide we have all been relegated to home-working and, most probably, being more-than-a-little glued to the machines we have chosen to base our teaching careers around!
Well... As of today I am a ‘seasoned-pro’ having delivered a whole three of my self-crafted Digital Schoolhouse workshops and things are starting to fall into place with lessons learned and tweaks made. One thing I seem to particularly lean on as a teacher - I guess it’s my particular ‘teaching style’ - is to treat a lesson or series of lessons rather like a story. I think that really means trying to internalise the content of what I am teaching, and then wrap it up in a strong reason why it might be interesting or applica
We're so pleased to introduce Nick, lead teacher at Totnes Progressive School in Devon, who will be sharing his journey as a brand new lead teacher. Nick will be writing a monthly blog about his experience as he settles into the role of lead teacher for Digital Schoolhouse. He'll be revealing his challenges and successes, as well as the highlights and moments worth sharing.
The last time I wrote this blog, I was preparing for an exciting visit to Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. The trip did not disappoint and although it was only a week long, we were able to see and experience so much!
Half term is always a great chance to recharge, revitalise and review – and our very first computing week is quite a week to look back on!