Mathematics practice for all levels: Ada Project

Are you tired of searching the internet to find exercises to practise your mathematics? Well search no more! ADA Project  is a free, open-source, online mathematics textbook for students and teachers, that aims to provide questions and answers for any topic and level!

As a teacher, I often get asked by parents how they can best help their children revise for mathematics tests, or where they can find additional resources to help them practice their maths skills. Whereas there is an abundance of resources for teaching mathematics online, there is a shortage of resources purely for practising.  ADA Project comes to fill this gap and is a huge bank of mathematical questions arranged by category, such as ‘number’, ‘algebra’ etc. 

ADA Project was created by Sam Powell, a British teacher of mathematics now working and living in Australia. It is named after Ada Lovelace, a mathematician and the writer of the world’s first algorithm for an early computing machine that existed only on paper. 

ADA Project is compatible on desktop, tablet and mobile. It is designed to be accessed by everyone around the world for free, with no login required.  The website is still in early development, but each day more content is added as its user body grows. ‘Saved you a Spot’ would love to help this site grow, for it believes it’s an invaluable resource for educators, parents and students of all ages. 

So , what are you waiting for? Head off to and start practising those maths skills! 

Feedback is always welcome! 

Till next time…


How to be the best student teacher EVER!

After talking to many different teachers about what makes a great student teacher, I’ve comprised a list of the top 5 most noted character traits that make student teachers outstanding. Be sure to take on board these habits to become the best student teacher EVER! Read on…

Be flexible

Welcome to teacher life! Flexibility is key to surviving in this profession. No matter how well-planned you are, there are never any guarantees that things will go according to plan. In fact it is always a huge surprise when things do as it is such a rare occasion. Last minute changes are inevitable so be quick to get on board the ever unpredictable world of teaching.

Welcome feedback

The way you respond to feedback, will help you grow as an educator to be. Positive feedback is of course so much easier to accept than negative or critical feedback. Ask what you can do to improve, take on board the suggestions you are given, with a positive mindset. Remember your mentor wants you to succeed so interpret any negative feedback as an opportunity for growth.

Take initiative

Don’t always wait to be told what to do. After your first few days of observing how the class functions, take the initiative to become active and do something new. Do something helpful such as introducing a new monitor scheme, organising the class library books, offer and share your ideas on how to better improve the class, make an educational display, do anything that will bring your mark to the class.

Take risks

Say goodbye to your comfort zone and brace yourself to try out new ideas. Share your ideas with your mentor teacher first, just to make sure that you are going about things the right way, for they know the class best. Make any adjustments recommended, if any, then go for it and give it a shot! Teachers and pupils are always grateful for fresh new ideas and ways of doing things, so show what you are made of. It’s so much easier today to get ideas than it was in my day. Ha! I sound old now! 🤣 😂

Embrace all aspects of teacher life

Don’t be fooled to think that teaching is purely lesson plans and classroom management. Help with mundane work, give feedback about the children to the teacher, give feedback to the children, build relationships with them. Be punctual, keen, willing and with a big smile.

There is no doubt that by following the above advice and taking on board these tips you will be the best student teacher anyone ever had! 

🍀 Good luck with your school placement!
Leave a comment below, like and share if you found this post helpful. 

Till next time…

My Two Year Blogiversary!

Well, who would have thought that this little blog is TWO, TODAY!!

HaPPy BloGiverSAry!!

I can’t believe it, two whole years of blogging. WOW! Looking back on the last two years, I can say that the blog is gradually becoming richer as my blogging skills develop and mature. There may have been some dry spells this year due to life getting in the way, but I think that happens to even the best of bloggers.

This second year has brought so many more followers and lovely comments from all over the world! Saved you a Spot truly appreciates each and every like, share and comment. ❤


A super big thank you to:

  • all those who have visited the blog
  • follow it on social media
  • shared posts
  • have contacted me
  • left comments
  • inspired blog posts
  • contributed towards posts!

You are amazing!  ❤ ❤

Here’s to moving into the third year of blogging… getting bigger and hopefully better! ❤ ❤ ❤ 



Stay with me… this blogging adventure is to be continued! 

Till next time…


Free Academic Calendar 2016-2017

Do you want to take a look at your upcoming year in a glance? Plan the year ahead with this free downloadable pdf. It has a cute flower theme to match the soon to come Teacher Planner! Keep watching this space for more!

I hope you like this yearly academic calendar, from August 2016 – June 2017, and that it inspires some great planning!  ❤

Free downloadable Academic Calendar 2016-2017

Till next time…

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My One Year Blogiversary! Thank you!

One year ago today, ‘Saved you a spot’ was created . It started off as a summer project and I really had no idea what to expect as I set off on my new blogging adventure. I thought that if some colleagues were inspired, some pupils were intrigued and some parents were guided, it would be the best thing ever! Today, looking back on the past year of blogging and the amazing views from countries I had not even heard of, it has truly gone far beyond my wildest dreams. It has been such an amazing journey of learning and sharing, one that I look forward to continue!

Today, on my one year Blogiversary, I would like to take this opportunity to say a BIG…


Every email subscriber, Facebook “like”, share and comment!

Everyone following on social media.

Pupils who have contributed by writing a post or sharing ideas.

Everyone who has inspired me to write a post.

Bloggers who have included me in their blogroll.

Everyone who has visited the blog from around the world!

One Year Blogiversary

Please know how much your comments and likes mean to me and keep me motivated to continue blogging! I  hope you will join me for many more sharing, inspiring and educating  adventures, in my second blogging year! ❤ ❤

Here’s to many more blogging adventures!

Till next time…

Peppi Orfanogianni

How to stay positive no matter what!


Do you find that some people are constantly creating drama for no apparent reason? Are you so stressed out at work that you are finding it hard to see the good in things? An increasing overload and trying to juggle between your professional career and your personal life, can be challenging, to say the least! It’s so easy to get bogged down by your routine, and this can in no time, result to negative feelings; feelings of inadequacy and failure.

It is only natural for us to go through ups and downs. I truly believe that both the ups and the downs are needed in life, in order for us to be appreciative of the good things that come our way. It’s not just about avoiding the bad things. If we take a minute to think of ‘bad’ in terms of falling, it’s not about not falling, it’s about how many times you get up, after each fall that counts, and makes you stronger. To find out how you can be positive after something bad has come your way, or how you can get up after each fall, just keep on reading!

6 ways to stay positive

  1. Acknowledge that you are human and that it’s o.k to make mistakes. No one is perfect, it is in human nature for people to make mistakes, and you know what? It’s all right! Learn to forgive, and don’t be too hard on yourself, when you go wrong. Mistakes are part of a learning process. Think of it as an opportunity to learn something new, at least you now know what needs to be avoided in the future!
  2. Put things into perspective. We all have our problems,  try not to get swamped down by them. On a grander scale of things, there will always be someone with greater problems than you. Focus on a solution, if one is not evident at first, try to get your mind off your problems and tackle them later with a clear, rested mind. Go for a walk to clear your head, go for a run, go dance, do something that will get your mind off your problems for a while. Try to think of something positive to focus on and give your solution time to unfold.
  3. Be grateful for what you have. Now this may sound a bit cliche; I don’t mean that you should only ever just be grateful what what you have and never to strive for anything better. Of course you should set higher goals  for yourself and aim to achieve them. However, during the process don’t forget to be grateful for the simple things in life, even when you are having a bad day. Think of your friends, family, health, dreams, the beautiful view you may pass every day; try to think how lucky you are to have those things. There are others who are  not so lucky.
  4. Take on each obstacle that comes your way, as a new challenge. You know what they say, what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger! No one said that it would be easy, I am a firm believer that anything (within reason) is possible if you persevere and never give up. Be patient, persevere and you will overcome even the greatest of obstacles.
  5. Be around positive people. There is nothing worse that having negative people around you, sucking up all the happiness. We all know at least one of  these types of people. Well you know what? Just stay away! Surround yourself by people who do not put you down, just so they can feel better. A positive attitude is a mindset that can be passed on to others. That is the energy you want around you!
  6. Always remember that you have a choice. That’s right, it’s your choice whether you want to be happy or not. You control your thoughts, so choose wisely. Chose to be positive and happiness will find its way back to you! ❤

I do hope this post serves as a little reminder, especially on those days when you are feeling down; something you can turn to, to jump start your positive outlook. 🙂

Remember, your thoughts become your words.

Your words become your actions.

Your actions define who you are!

                                            THINK positive, BE positive!  image

Till next time…


Which type of bilingual are you?

Do you remember how you acquired your second language? Was it during your childhood or in your adult years? Did you know that the way you acquire your second language can determine which bilingual category you belong to? In general, bilinguals can be seperated into three categories. If you would like to find out which category you belong to, read on!

Which type of bilingual are you?

1. Compound bilingual 

Compound bilinguals develop two linguistic codes simultaneously, as they process the world around them. You are a compound bilingual if you acquired a new language, in your early childhood, at the same time as when you were learning your native language.

2. Coordinate bilingual

You are categorised as a coordinate bilingual, if you learnt a new language after you were fluent in your mother language. In this case, the brain works with two very separate sets of concepts. For example, you already speak one language at home with your parents but are learning another one at school, which you speak with your friends.

3. Subordinate bilingual

You are a subordinate bilingual if you have learnt a new language as an adult. You learn the language by filtering it through your native language and is basically acquired by translating it. Research shows that people who learnt an additional language in their adulthood, exhibit a less emotional bias when tackling problems and are more rational, in the new language rather than their native language.

Conversely, when the new language is acquired in early childhood, recent research shows that people have a holistic grasp of its emotional and social contexts.

Now that you are familiar with the three categories, which one would you say you belong to?

Leave a comment below, I would love to see how many of you found this interesting!

Till next time..


Classroom sneak peek!

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So today, I stayed till crazy hour at school, organising my classroom. Non-teachers don’t really get this but, I know you teachers out there will understand me when I say that the classroom has to be fixed before we can delve deep into our curriculum planning, right…??? – Please say yes! 

This year I decided to go with a colour theme for my classroom. I chose blue, white and yellow which are the school’s colours. It’s not completely ready yet but it’s on its way…it still needs some finishing touches. It will be revealed when it’s done.

Having said that, I am so excited with my desk area, I just have to share it with you! This year, there are no excuses, everyone will be able to spell my name right! Ha!

Here is a little sneak preview…


What do you think?

More to come…stay tuned!


It’s official!

Today it was officially announced that I will be working in Year 6! I’m so happy and excited! Looking forward to it. Lots of preparation and work (rolling up my sleeves)  …here we go! Upcoming are photos of my new classroom and how it will evolve… Drum roll…

Classroom theme

In preparation for next year, I have already decided upon my classroom theme. As you can see I have a soft spot for dots. This is the first year that I will have a ‘themed’ room and I am quite excited. I have been inspired by my favourite website, pinterest, which has lots of ideas for things to do. Stay tuned to see how this will progress over the summer… 

You can find this and many more on

Preparing the alphabet. I love this one because of its cursive style.

You may think, an alphabet in Year 6. Why..? Well in an inclusive school, one where children from all over the world attend, coming from different backgrounds and cultures; as well as being exposed to different writing systems…an alphabet can only beneficial.