About Me Worksheet

Getting to know your kids, what a great way to start the new academic year, and them getting to know you of course! This worksheet hopes to aid the getting to know your kiddies part and allows them to share with you something about themselves that they think is important. It is suitable for Key Stage 2.

First day back to school

First day back to school – ABOUT ME worksheet.

Get this worksheet by clicking on the image below and use it at the beginning of the year. A lesson introduction idea, would be mottos, what are they, do they have any, and introduce them to your mottos.

Some of mine are:
– Everything happens for a reason.
– If it didn’t happen then it didn’t for a good reason.
– If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.

About ME - first day back free worksheet

Free download by clicking on the preview

The plenary could be getting the children to read out two of their favourite sections to share with their peers.

Do you have any other ideas? Your comments are always appreciated!

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Wonder Book Review

Wonder is a children’s novel  about bullying, acceptance and appearance. It is written by Raquel Jaramillo, under the pen name of R. J. Palacio and published in 2012.

Read this book review by Thanasis (aged 11)

Plot:

Wonder is about a fifth grader named August, who was born with a rare facial deformity. After being homeschooled, his parents decide to send him to a school called ‘Beecher Prep’. Though he struggled at first to show his classmates that he is an ordinary kid, he eventually succeeds in proving that there was more to him than meets the eye.

What did you think of the book? 

I liked the book. A scary part is when Aggie is verbally and physically assaulted because of his appearance, one night in the woods, by some seventh graders looking for trouble. I learned that no matter how people look, we’re all the same.

Do you recommend this book? 

I think everyone should read this book, even adults because it teaches a good lesson about acceptance. I give it five stars.

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Let your kids be bored!

No doubt are times changing and with them so is children’s position in society. Long gone are the days when children were heard but not seen. Today, children play a center role and parents attend to their every day wants with lots of TLC. Society is moving at an increasingly faster pace, so it’s no surprise that kids seem to grow up quicker, compared to say 10 or 20 years ago when kids where just kids and there was no rush to make them grow up faster.

Children today, are treated like little adults from the minute they are born into this world. Their thoughts and wants are not only taken into consideration but sometimes even shape their parents lives to the point where simple routine things like going out or going to work are affected.

Parents, in their efforts to do what is best for their little ones, to give them even more opportunities than they had, create jam-packed schedules, filled with as many extra-curricular activities for them to do as possible i.e. tennis, piano, karate, ballet, horse riding, languages, the list is endless. This in turn leaves very little time for kids to just be kids. That means very little time to just play and enjoy some free time doing something that isn’t planned. If children don’t play now, when they have no other responsibilities, when will they play?

Who remembers playing after school for hours on end on the street with the neighbour hood kids? Who remembers sitting around being bored, forced to come up with ways of being occupied. This does not happen any more, for the fear of children being bored, or for parents thinking that they are bad parents if they do not plan and spend every minute with their children.

Being bored to death is not what we are aiming for, but boredom in general is not necessarily a bad thing. It allows time for thought, creativity and imagination to unfold. This is especially beneficial to children, who will learn to rely on themselves to stay preoccupied. Being bored allows for time to think which can improve productivity. Daydreaming can allow for innovative connections and being relaxed promotes happiness. Once a child learns to rely on internal rather than external means of being occupied, they will have succeeded in becoming self-reliant at a young age.

So parents, let your kids be bored! They will have plenty of time to do have chock-a-block schedules when they are older. Encourage them to read a book, or create a game to play. Avoid putting them in front of a screen to keep them from feeling bored. Screen time should be earned. By giving them the opportunity to have the time to be alone, to think and create ways of being occupied you will help them in the future to become responsible, creative, confident adults!

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7 Creative uses for binders in the classroom

With larger classroom sizes, shorter breaks, and the million and one things teachers end up stuffing into the days, having the mind-space to come up with creative ideas to keep learning fresh can be more than a little challenging. After all, it’s hard enough just keeping the classroom tidy after dozens (or hundreds!) of students spend time there. And, of course, one of the hardest things is keeping the classroom stocked on a budget of both money and time.

Guess what? You can do all of those things with one item that you’re bound to find in every single classroom, backpack, and student’s bedroom: the binder!

This DIY article (and handy, dandy accompanying infographic) is chock full of ways to use binders to stay organized, boost learning, and get creative – all with a time table and price tag both teachers and students can afford.

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Creative uses for binders in the classroom

I hope you enjoyed this guest post as much as I did and it inspires you to get creative with those binders! 🙂

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Mr Stink Book Review

David Walliams is known as the new Roald Dahl and we couldn’t agree more! Such a hilarious, twisted and highly recommended novel for children. Written by David Walliams, published in 2009 and illustrated by Quentin Blake; this is an unforgettable read! 

Click on the image to visit The World of David Walliams and hear a snippet.

Mr Stink stank. He also stunk. And if it was correct English to say he stinked, then he stinked as well…

Who were the characters and what did you think of them?

The characters were: Mr Stink, Chloe, Elizabeth (the cat), Mother, Annabelle and Rosamund. All the characters were great apart from Rosamund because she was like a bully. Mr Stink made me feel nervous and Chloe just made me feel sad but then happy.

What happens and is it fun to read? 

First, Mr. Stink was homeless. Chloe felt bad for him so she took him to her house and then she slept in the shed in the garden, but the cat didn’t like him. Before Chloe found Mr Stink she was lonely and was bullied. After a week the Mother found out that he was living there and wanted him out of the house. The reason she found out that he was there was because she could smell something really bad.

What did you think of the book? 

I liked the book, my favourite part was when she let Mr Stink in the house, since it was a very nice thing to do. The funny part was when Chloe took Mr Stink into a cafe and then once he was in everyone ran out because he stank so much, so they just got free food.

Did you learn anything? 

I learnt that if there is a homeless person you should do something nice like get them something.

Do you recommend this book and how would you rate it? 

Yes, I recommend the book because it is very exciting and nerve-racking. My star rating for this book is 5 stars.

by Louis (aged 11)

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Free Giveaway Teacher Planner Pages 2017-18

re it sThis is my end of year – beginning of the new school year free giveaway! I have updated my planner covers to best suit the next academic year ahead and I am sharing the most popular ones from last year with you guys! ❤

If you would like to see this year’s new Travel Theme Covers ✈️ 🚙 click HERE. 

I will personalise any, especially for you, like this:

All you need to do is send me a message via the contact form on the blog, just at the top of the page where it says contact, and I’ll see what I can do for you.

Below are your choices, just click on the image of the ones you like and you can download them for free!

Chevron Chic Pastel 2017-18 Planner Front and Back Covers

Flower Power 2017-18 Planner Front and Back Covers

 

I hope you enjoy them! You can download matching pages for your planners HERE.

Planner pages

OR you can choose more planner pages for the inside of your planner below, and make it how you wish.

Add these pages to it:

My favourites are: ‘ About Me’  and ‘Parent/Teacher Meeting’ ones! Which one is yours?

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Check out last year’s Teacher Planner video on YouTube from scorching hot Greece:

 

Summer Rules for Electronics Free Printable

Holiday season is here! ❤

Who doesn’t love the hot days, the relaxed evenings and the down time. Parents may take some time to adjust to their children’s lack of schedule and with the long summer days it is easy for children to get bored despite efforts of daily outings and activities. When this happens your children may immediately ask you to watch T.V. or play on the iPad. Screen time is not necessarily a bad thing but having a few rules can help not only you, but your children to lead a more balanced holiday.

Click on the image below to download and print for free these summer rules! Teach your children to be responsible and earn their screen time.

Summer Rules free download

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Teacher Planner Cover 2017-2018 Travel Theme

After hours and hours of searching on the internet for a teacher planner just right for me, I finally  decided to make my own. If you enjoy travelling and can’t wait to go on a learning journey with your pupils, then this planner cover is for you! I hope you find it as super cute as I do; I just love the chevron all time classic pattern.

For those of you who have the same theme or just like what I have designed, here is a fillable one for you! You can download it for free and just write your name in the blank box and fill in your year group in the space. Click on the previews below to download, scroll down and print.

If you would like one customised for you, like this:

send your request via the entry form on the blog and I’ll see what I can do for you! Write that you are interested in the Travel theme planner and that you would like it personalised, write your name as you would like it to appear on the cover and I will email it to you!

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Travel Theme Planner Front Cover

Back Cover Travel Theme

 

Download the free Travel theme academic calendar 2017-18, to match your planner HERE! Or click on the image below:

Your weekly planner template with this amazing travel theme can be downloaded HERE:

Weekly Planning Pages

Keep posted, more pages for the planner coming soon!

I hope you like them as much as I do!! ❤

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Travel Theme Calendar 2017-2018

I am a bit of a calendar freak. I like to write things down and cross out the days one by one as they pass. Maybe it’s one of those teacher traits, who knows, but a calendar is one thing no teacher can go without. For those super organised colleagues  here is my new 2017-2018 calendar. This year it has a travel theme, which I am really excited about!

It is great to keep in your teacher planner, on your desk, or to pin on your bulletin board!

You can download it for free by clicking any one of the preview images below.


Happy planning and organising! I hope you like it as much as I do! ❤

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The 3 Rs for the Summer Holidays

We all know about the 3 Rs of taking care of the environment: recycle, reuse, reduce. But what about the 3 Rs in relation to taking care of ourselves? Teachers have a hard time letting go, even when on holiday. They are constantly thinking of ways to better themselves and come up with new ideas for their pupils. However, during the holidays it is imperative we teachers, do the 3 Rs that will help us become happier people thus, happier teachers. 🙂 

1. Relax 

I’m currently on the first R and relaxing as much as possible. Being able to do simple everyday things in normal time, without multi-tasking is great! I’ve just started a really good book that helps me unwind. Do what you love, read, dance, eat, watch a movie, anything that will help you get back to being you, after a hectic school year. 

2. Recharge

Recharge those batteries! Go somewhere if you can and get a change of scenery. I love travelling and there is nothing that beats going somewhere to break up your everyday routine. That may be another country, area or even just heading down to the beach or up a mountain. Expose yourself to new experiences and distance yourself from work. 

3. Renew 

Towards the end of the holiday, when you have returned and are rested you will be amazed as to how many more ideas you will have for the upcoming year. Your brain will be a waterfall of inspiration waiting to be put into action. You need a rest and a break from work, enjoy it and you will see its benefits as you further develop as a professional. 

That’s the advise I plan to follow, so this is really a little mental note to myself, to make sure I stay on track. It works for me, I hope it works for you, too! Let me know how it goes by leaving a comment below. Thanks! 

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