Exercise and Teaching

New academic year, new goals. This year’s aim is on wellness and focusing on not just developing as a professional, but as a person also. You may be wondering, how? Well, the plan is to incorporate fitness into my schedule after school.

Yikes!! Teaching and exercise…do those two truly go together and is it something that is actually feasible to sustain throughout the year? During school time (at least in my school) exercising during the school day is impossible. As an adult, one gets hot, smelly and teaching in that state is not good for anyone. So, unless your school or work environment has showers accessible for you and time allocated for you to be able to freshen up, then I would suggest that it’s best to refrain from doing so.

Unsure on how much I actually should be doing and overwhelmed by my choice of classes that I could get to, in a half-zombie-state, I searched to find the optimum time and type of exercise one should be doing.

On their site, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends:

  • 150 mins aerobic exercise per week
  • At least twice weekly muscle-strengthening activities that work out all the major muscle groups

Exercising has many benefits, as we all know. Below are just a few of many

  • Stress of teaching can make sleeping difficult sometimes and it can be hard to switch your brain off. Personally, I don’t have trouble with this, but I do know many people do.
  • It improves sleep, boosts the energy that you need, to take on the physical and cognitive demands of your profession. – It really does
  • Regular physical activity supports the production of new neurons and synapses in your brain helping ideas and managing better. – I love this one! It immediately makes me feel smarter.
  • Better blood flow to the brain. – I could do with that.
  • Increases the growth of blood cells. – I definitely need more of those!

Finding what is right for you is important. Of course I am not a gym specialist and neither do I claim to know it all, I’m just sharing what motivated me to get started. My personal motivation is all the above as well as my supportive partner, who makes me feel guilty when I don’t want to go.

I won’t lie to you, there has not been a single day that I have not literally DRAGGED myself to the gym however, there has not been a single time that I  have been and not felt better for it after. You just need to find a way to get going and those benefits will be so instant that there will be no regrets whatsoever.

Join me for a fitness pact this year to improve our inner and outer selves, inspiring the young generation and influencing others on our way.

Leave a comment below to tell me about your after work regime. I’d love to know what other teachers are doing to keep fit. Hopefully we will be able to motivate each other throughout the year!

Till next time…

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Believe in your selfie 3-D bulletin board idea

A twist on a classic art activity, drawing a portrait of yourself, is to draw your selfie!

Children took selfies and then drew them. They loved to capture themselves in class with the camera and their art  took on a whole new life. 

Some asked if they could draw snapchat filters. Allowing their imagination to roam, the children took their selfies to another level. 

Their artwork was displayed with a camera backdrop and the “Believe in your selfie” catchphrase to promote a positive mindset. 

This display is ultra easy to create with card.

highly recommend you try this art activity – the children loved it! Suitable for all ages. 

The final result: 

Always believe in your #selfie!

 

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Special thanks to K. Miller for the catchphrase inspiration.

Figurative language posters based on the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

Figurative language in literature is language that uses words or expressions with a meaning that is different from its literal interpretation.  By being literal we mean exactly what we say. An author is literal when they state facts. When they choose to use figurative language they are often trying to make a literary point by using exaggeration or comparison to appeal to the readers senses. This makes their writing more powerful and vivid.

There are many different types of figurative language. It is very common in poetry but is also used in fiction and non-fiction as well. Our class novel, this first term, is the ‘The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe‘ by C.S.Lewis. A classic children’s book which is as far as I’m concerned, timeless. For novel study, I have created some posters using quotations from the book to aid figurative language understanding and teaching.

The posters use images, from the internet; I have no claim over them whatsoever. This resource has been created  for educational purposes only, to help children become familiar with the world of figurative language.

If this is something that interests you, you can download them for free HERE for your personal use.

Leave a quote below if you find a quote in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe that uses figurative speech and what type it is.

Let’s see how many we can find!

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Seven-digit Numbers

Teach children about seven-digit numbers using this Powerpoint I created, trying to follow Kerri Miller’s footsteps, the lesson powerpoint specialist! 🙂

This powerpoint was created to go with the Busy Ant Mathematics Scheme, but it can easily be used on it’s own, that’s the beauty of it. It is suitable for Upper Key Stage 2.

Children can use it as revision on their own and it can be also issued for homework, so teachers please use it as you please! It has a monkey theme, to make children laugh and to keep them engaged.

Click on the preview images below to be taken to it, it can be downloaded for free, or click on the link below:

     

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1XHbCqM00GVL47Cq6lpbQ9dbeHe1VarhYN1dhCyEUuaY

Leave a comment below if you liked and used this cheeky monkey Powerpoint in any way, and any thoughts you may have on it. Comments are always appreciated!

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Socks, Shocks and Secrets Book Review

Socks, Shocks and Secrets is a children’s novel written by Leila Rasheed. It is the second book in the series: The Fantastic Diary of  Bathsheba Clarice de Trop. My pupils this year, especially the girls, absolutely loved reading her books.

Below is a book review from one of my pupils, Katerina, age 11. 

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

Bathsheba, mum, dad, Bathsheba’s friends. I loved the characters, they surprised me what they did.

What was the story about? 

Bathsheba is a child of divorces parents. She does not know her father but when her mum has to leave, Bathsheba has to go and live with her father. After a long time they reside together and get to know each other better. 

Did you learn something form this book and would you recommend it to others? 

I recommend this book to you because it will teach you that there are different ways to see matters. I give it five stars! 

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2017-2018 Classroom Reveal: Travel Theme

It’s been a week into school and it’s time to reveal this year’s classroom theme. Those who have been following my blog –  a huge shout-out to my amazing 400 followers ❤ THANK YOU! – you already know that this year’s classroom theme is TRAVEL!

Obviously, inspired by my love for travelling here is a picture tour of my classroom.

As you can see, I kept my blue and white chevron theme, with yellow accents just because I find it so fresh and welcoming. I am still not bored with it after two years, on the contrary probably even more in love with it!

Welcome on board to the most amazing travel adventure! Whilst lining outside the door, after break times children’s imagination can be triggered with a simple yet effective way. This class door decoration has been made out card which has been cut out and stuck on with masking tape. It can be easily removed without damage and the pupils can’t wait to get inside. It really was super fast to make. You can get these fabulous International Passports from Twinkl, I am a huge fan – thanks Twinkl! ❤

This year’s reading corner has been decorated with our class novel in mind. In Year 6, our class novel is the all time classic ‘The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe’, by C.S.Lewis. Browsing the internet for some inspiration I came across this image of a lamppost which is what triggered the Narnia theme.

The lamppost is made from card and easily stuck on the air-conditioning plastic wire cover. Of course our reading corner wouldn’t be complete without the reading signpost, which I had made last year notice I had to change Narnia’s direction 😉 and the  super cute reading vintage map bunting  with the fabulous quote: Reading will take you places found on Ms. G’s Room 30 Blog! Thank you! 

To inspire and encourage reading, I also gave them some  travel-themed bookmarks, which can be seen and downloaded for free HERE.


The ceiling is decorated with DIY map bunting made from: maps, string and sellotape. I am really into bunting this year, I don’t think I can get enough of it! It’s hung between 3 inflatable globes I bought on Amazon,  and goes to the four corners of the room. 

Looking up, this is the result, from the middle of the room to one corner:

Notice the flight path..? 🙂

So there you have it in a nutshell. I hope you like it and it inspires you to create a theme for your classroom. What’s your classroom theme this year? Leave a comment below with your thoughts and ideas. They are always appreciated. 

Our learning adventure has started and we can’t wait to take our minds to new places!

Till next time…

 

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is J.K. Rowling’ debut novel, the first novel in the Harry Potter series,  first published in 1997 by Bloomsbury. It was published a year later in the United States as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by Scholastic Corporation. 

The novel won most of the British book awards that were judged by children and other awards in the US. It has been translated into at least sixty-seven other languages and has been made into a feature-length film of the same name, as have all six of its sequels.

Read this book review by Paris, aged 11, to get a feel of this timeless, classic novel.

Characters:

Harry Potter, who is a brave, new wizard. Mr and Mrs Venom, who give anything to their son and never punish him. Dudley, son of Mr and Mrs Venom, Ronald Weasley, Harry Potter’s best friend, who has smart thinking. Dumbledore, Heasdmaster and guardian of Hogwarts.

Plot:

Harry Potter lives with horrible people when he gets mail and realizes he’s a wizard. Harry goes to a magical school called ‘Hogwarts’, which has an entrance invisible to muggles (meaning humans). Dumbledore is protecting a stone at the school, which will make you immortal. There are soul sharing bodies trying to get to the stone. Harry fights one-on-one with just his body. His mother, before dying, gave him a hug which makes the soul in a body suffer from pain, if he just touches Harry. He defended the stone using every power of his, but unfortunately the stone broke.

Opinion:

I love the book because I really like hearing about magic and the sport Quidditch. It is an absolutely amazing adventure book and deserves to be popular.

Recommendation:

I think this book should be read by everyone: adults and children. Not just this book…all of the series! Amazing books!

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Free Bookmarks: Travel the world

With these cute bookmarks, I aspire to welcome my new batch of kiddies back to school. ‘Travel the world… Read a book!’ is the phrase I have chosen to hopefully inspire and encourage reading, in our new travel themed classroom. I am so excited about these and I can’t wait to share them with you all! ❤

I had a hard time deciding on the image I wanted, so I kept all five ideas! Ha!

You can choose to download one or all of them, like I did. I personalised them, by writing each child’s name, printed and laminated them. I gave them out on the first day of school – I’m so happy the kids LOVED THEM!!! ❤ ❤

You can use them as you wish. Just click on the preview below, to be taken to the file where you can download for free!

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Travel themed bookmarks. Free download – click on preview image!

Please leave a comment below if you liked and downloaded them.

Many thanks! ❤

Till next time…

Peppi Orfanogianni

How to get your child ready for school after the summer holidays

So, here I am (and I hate to say this) nearing the end of the summer break. I know it’s been long thus I cannot complain in the least, and to be fair I still have a few more days to get into going back to school mode so not panicking just yet.

As I am contemplating my summer adventures and feeling ready to start the new year, it will, no doubt, take some time to adjust to my new academic routine and I am sure all kids, come September, will need to do the same. Some children may find it harder than others and many parents will find it hard to get their kids back into a school routine. This post hopes to make things as easy as possible. Read on to find how you can easily get your child ready for school after the summer holidays.

Adjust sleep schedule

Start to move their bedtime closer to their school bedtime a week before. The summer time makes our circadian rhythms go all over the place, some time will be needed to get it back into school mode.

Make sure uniform fits

Sort through your child’s school clothes and make sure their uniform still fits. You don’t want them going to school on their first day looking like Michael Jackson, no matter how much we love him. Children grow so fast and growth spurts over the summer are very common.

Label everything

Before school starts, make sure you label absolutely everything with both name and surname. If your child is old enough they can do it themselves. You can also get some really cute sticker labels online, to save yourself some time. Whatever you choose to do, it is a time-consuming chore so make sure you give yourself enough time to do it. Label clothes, shoes, water bottles, P.E. kit, pencils, pencil cases, anything and everything that belongs to your child. Your child’s year group is also a good idea to include on the labelling so that if something gets lost it can be returned to the rightful owner.

Eating times

Start by slowly changing eating times to mirror those during school times. Your child’s can then slowly start adjusting to those and won’t start feeling super hungry during lesson time, once school starts. Make sure you stock up on healthy food supplies to have for meal prepping once school starts. Your child will need vitamins and nutrients from healthy fruit and veg so don’t forget a nice healthy snack for them. More ideas for getting your children to eat more fruit and veg can be found HERE.

Revision

Holidays are great for the well-earned rest but can sometimes cause a hurdle in your child’s learning. A short while before school starts, some revising of taught concepts is a good idea to refresh their memory. This will help bridge new concepts taught in the upcoming year with older ones and will equip your child with the ability to make connections faster and easier.

Enjoy the new year ahead!

Till next time…

 

 

Travel Theme Classroom

Are you ready for a  year of learning adventures? Explore new territory and discover newly found land with this amazing, travel classroom theme!  Yes, inspiration has finally kicked in and I can’t wait to start jazzing up my room for my new pupils! Grab your suitcase, passport and get ready to take some snapshots of this year’s exciting journey! EXPLORING and LEARNING has never been so much fun! Let’s start our new travel adventure together!


This year’s classroom theme is inspired by my holidays and love for travelling. Why end the exploring  when it can be continued in the new school year with your pupils. I will keep the turquoise and yellow colour scheme as it creates a calming atmosphere within the room and matches with the furniture that is already there. A travel theme is hard to  to look more sophisticated for my Year 6 class, but that is my aim.

Click HERE to see my classroom travel theme revealed!

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