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Friday, June 09, 2006

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye!

Well that's it. 22 years and I still haven't put on a production of The Sound of Music.

The sun shone as the orienteering teams from all the Cowal schools took part in the annual competition arranged by our PE specialist Fiona McLean. Tighnabruaich won the event so well done.
A big thanks to all the staff who helped me enjoy a night out at The Whistlefield Inn. I shall return for the garden party on the 21st when we will harvest our potato crop.

Monday is D-day! A new beginning and I hope to have my new blog up and running to keep you up to date with events at my new school. I managed not to cry in front of the children, but it all seems a bit surreal. One of my leaving presents is an alarm clock..now why they think I will need that....

Anyway- my car is full of stuff, accumulated over the years. Good luck to Ellen with the continuation of this blog. Always knew she was a wee blogger.

Over at Talking Teds it has gone a bit quiet- blogger has been down the last couple of times I have tried to post stuff so hopefully this weekend.

Shinty needs a mention- Kyles beat Inveraray and are through to the next round of the Camanachd Cup. Kyles Juniors are through to the next round of the Sutherland Cup. If you want to see Kyles v Bute this Saturday come to Glendaruel Shinty Field at 2:30 as they contest the semi-final of the Celtic Cup. Cowal and Bute Ladies Shinty team are providing a BBQ as a fundraiser- see you there.


This is Ellen signing in for the first time- fingers crossed not for the last!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Boards, blogs and bravery

I am handing over the reigns of this blog to my colleague in P5/6/7 at the end of the week. Ellen will bravely continue the blog and once she has mastered its use she will get the children in the upper school blogging too. I will of course support as much as I can to get things going.

After school today we had a short session on the IWB. On cue some of the problems I have encountered happened. The board would not calibrate....then it would not work with the pen.......then the laptop froze (now that hasn't happened before). So it turned into a troubleshooting session. Eventually it all worked and so to blogging. I can change the comment moderator in the settings so that Ellen receives the e-mails about new comments. I am considering trying a different blog provider for the new blog but have not decided as yet.

Need to look at the SSDN mentor pack. I would hope that all the work we have done as Masterclassers will prove sufficient to fulfill the criteria for becoming an SSDN mentor. At the Masterclass conference we were told our folios were very impressive. It is good to receive recognition for the undoubted time and effort that has been the way of Masterclass. As most of us agreed, time was the biggest commitment and I suspect SSDN mentoring will be the same. Mary Hallan of East Renfrewshire commented on a previous posting that she was selected by her authority to be an SSDN mentor on the strength of her work as a Masterclasser and INSET provider.

Tomorrow I am going to send off the completed article for the CalMac magazine written by two of my P3's. I shall also post it on the blog and am sending a copy to the local paper as well. I will also present certificates to the children to celebrate their contribution to the Talking Teddies project. Marlyn has been off work this week- get well soon Mrs Moffat- your bloggers need you!

Monday, June 05, 2006

and so begins the last week!

Today was the start of my last week at Tighnabruaich Primary school. The weather is glorious and the children have all been working hard. I have been at the school for 22 years, over half of my life. I will take up my new post at Dunoon Primary next Monday- an exciting new adventure in my teaching career will begin.
I don't think it will really sink in for a while that I have made the move, but I am sure that as I meet all the new pupils and staff and begin to get to know my way around the school, a new blog will have to be devised. There will be an IWB in my classroom- there is one other in the school at present. Don't know much else about the ICT provision except that there is a classroom in a box as well as some computers in the library which are PC's I think. Lots to find out about and new title for a blog to devise..Dunoon Diary.......Dunoon Daily......mmmmm..Dunno??
Any suggestions?

Friday, June 02, 2006

SSDN and more flags to make!

Today I mentioned SSDN to the children as the next exciting thing happening with ICT. I did my best to explain a little about what it would be like, the Scottish Schools Digital network.
'There will be a giant website with lots of amazing things to see and do. Think of some of the great things we have seen on the BBC website and games we have played on poissonrouge.com." They listened intently..... "there will be a single sign on to access everything,' I said. "one user name and password and that's it" Now I was talking their language. Thank goodness for that I heard someone say. My class are obsessed with knowing passwords and usernames. They proudly announce the password for signing on the blog and are pretty miffed that I won't reveal my internet access password! Funny the things that bother them.

They were desperate to see the flags of the visitors to my blog and pretty impressed that I had a new country that had not looked at theirs. They have now seen the Vietnamese flag and found it in Kidspiration.

Owen and Samuel are completing their article for the CalMac magazine about the teddy project and will e-mail it next week. I shall post it on the Teddy blog as well as they have worked really hard on it.