Since starting this edubuzz blog I have had mixed feelings about blogs. Some have not been so positive –
- ‘Is anybody out there’,
- ‘Am I talking to myself’.
- Is the time I put into it (nearly all of which is my own) worth it?
- Why can’t I persuade others to contribute to it more regularly?
Most of the time I have more positve thoughts about it –
- Its useful to reflect on my own thoughts and learning in a way that I might not have had done but for the blog
- It has been extremely useful to me as a repository / timeline for activity related to the test site. So much so that I wish I had been more disciplined at posting on some of the stuff that has gone unreported here.
- Occasionally I have been surprised by the feedback that a post has produced
- Comments always cheers me up even if they are pointing out mistakes
However, the big plus for me has been that I have discovered a community of bloggers. I now follow a wide range of blogs some of them to do with my professional interests and others that are more personal. It can be quite addictive. On occasion I have found an insight into a world that I wouldn’t normally see, and that can be inspirational.
I follow a number of East Lothian school blogs; usually the schools that are regularly posting things about outdoor learning and forest school. Whether or not its to do with my particular interest of outdoor learning / play its hard not to be impressed with the creativity, dedication and sometimes sheer inspiration that can pop out in these blogs. This evening I logged on and found a new post from a blog that I have been following since it started from class 2p at Sandersons Wynd in Tranent. I had noticed it because of forest school at Sandersons Wynd, but have followed with fascination, because of the wonderful world that the class teacher has created for the children in her class. Fairy tales / story telling has been a theme for the class (as well as the whole school) Its a theme the teacher and the class have steadily built on in a way that I can only believe has got the children as engaged in their learning as I have been been virtually. Today they took their exploration of storytelling to a new height. They have published their own version of the classic fairytale Jack and the Beanstalk which is available to download on Amazon with all proceeds going to charity. Outstanding – where will those children go next!!!
I have no connection with the class at all, and don’t know the teacher – but if I was a parent of a 2p child at Sanderson’s Wynd I would be very proud.
There are many other people doing just as inspiratonal work with children in East Lothian – and what’s fascinating to me is that those that share their work on edubuzz blogs allow the whole community to share that and perhaps to appreciate and value .it.
If you would like to download 2ps version of Jack & the Beanstalk you can find it on Amazon here https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jack-And-The-Giant/dp/B004NNVWIE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1298397264&sr=8-1
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It’s terrific, isn’t it? Much credit goes, in addition to the class teacher, to the Support for Learning teacher, Nigel Bird (himself a published author) for the inspiration and implementation of the project.
That’s kind of you Hilery. I’ve been so impressed by the work of the class over the past months that I was only too happy to get involved and without their passion and way of working I’m not sure it would have come to anything. I like the comment about being a parent of a P2P child – they have every right to be proud of their children and amazed by the standard of the education they’re receiving.
Hi Hilary / Nigel
Thanks for he comments
I’m organisning a ‘civic conversation’ event for the afternoon of the 4th April which is about the use of language (Scots in particular) in early years. The main speaker is a well known Scottish author – if you would you be interested in participating can you send a contact number to my email address – firstname.lastname@example.org
Still finalising the details and it hasnt been publicised yet.
The idea of the civic conversation is to generate an open dialogue with services and communities about early intervention and tackling health inequalities
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