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Monday, February 27, 2006

A visitor in the classroom

Today was shared reflective practice day when we visited one another's classrooms to see what happens behind closed doors. This was an interesting thing to do but perhaps not as enlightening as it would be in a larger school. I get on well with my colleagues- we share ideas/problems/thoughts and resources readily. I have worked with Ellen for over 20 years and we have a very good working relationship. Ellen wanted to see synthetic phonics in action. A magnet board lesson with P2 on ing/ang/ong/ung was just the ticket. This led on to a discussion of spelling programmes we use in school and the possibility of making some changes. We did not feel the need to record anything on paper. I went to her class at maths time and it was interesting to see the progress that my former pupils had made.
What struck me was the skill with which one teacher juggles a 3 stage composite working on a variety of maths activities-weight, time, area of right angled triangles and decimals- every child engaged and challenged appropriately. I, of course am doing the same thing with a 3 stage composite of younger children. Being so involved in it, I feel that we often fail to appreciate our own teaching skills and it is worth remembering what a good job we are doing.
(The visiting teachers did not wish to be photographed-the clipart in no way reflects the mood or dress sense of those participating.)


  • At 2/27/2006 10:47 pm, Blogger marlyn moffat said…

    We have been talking about getting time to do this with stage collegues, but thus far it is done in our McCrone time.

  • At 2/27/2006 11:03 pm, Blogger Morag Macdonald said…

    The funding for this came through from our local area co-ordinator.

  • At 2/28/2006 12:06 pm, Blogger Don said…


    After Fiona talking to me re. your blog, I've taken the liberty of posting a link to your site on the scotedublogs site. I think Fiona had said you wanted to do this - I hope this is OK. ;-)

  • At 2/28/2006 6:49 pm, Blogger Morag Macdonald said…

    Thanks Don- I had tried to do it myself but got confused-easily done.


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