There is always a time within your professional career that you begin to wonder what you are doing and why you are doing it. Although I am passionate about teaching and learning, where I am actually doing it is always a constant dilemma for me. Spending a week within school working with both students and children on mathematical assessment activities I once again find myself consider where I should be. After a discussion with my dean of faculty about life and learning he directed me to an activity at the end of chapter one of a book by Peterson called “A Primer in Positive Psychology”. The activity requires you to write your own legacy and so…here is my retirement speech.
This is the second instalment of my fun with nature waffle. Last week I set the scene and introduced you to three of the activities which the class completed. If you are interested in Bird Bingo and Nest Building, then go check out last week’s waffle. In this waffle I will tell you about the bird holidays and the expedition into the wild!
Summer is one of the terms within primary school that becomes a series of events and jobs that before you know it the end of July is here and everyone is breaking up for the summer holidays. It is during this time that the majority of school trips are organised and classes or, in some cases whole schools, embark on coaches to museums, farms and historical settings. While working within school, it came to our attention that although the children knew things about rivers and coasts, mountains and platectonics and countries both far and wide, they did not know anything about their local wildlife. Acknowledging this, and wanting to do something about it, we started a series of lessons entitled ‘Fun with Nature’. After spending some of my childhood as a ‘twitcher’ I eagerly grabbed the topic of birds. This waffle is about some of the activities that we completed together as a class.