Internet Safety

The internet provides instant knowledge at your fingertips, but together with the abundance of information and opportunities for communication, many dangers lurk in the abyss of online technology. Online safety is without doubt a top priority for both parents and teachers, who allow and expect children to access the internet for their entertainment and education.

Schools have filters to protect children from reaching unwanted sites, and so will many homes, but educating your child on the importance of protecting themselves from the perils of the net, will equip them with the right tools to do so. Keeping their identity safe is paramount and using LifeLock, makers of The Smart Talk below, might be an option parents could consider.

In class, teachers can address the issue by having a class discussion and making them aware of the dangers. This presentation aims to give guidance to such a lesson and is created to help children take clear steps when it comes to being internet-safe. Click on the image below to access it, you will need a google account as its via Google Slides.

It is important for parents and teachers to be on the same page. Parents can also use the presentation to have an open discussion about internet safety and set their ground rules. A great platform for doing just that, is The Smart Talk. It allows for parents and children to discuss about taking the responsibility of becoming an internet user, as well as setting ground rules for the usage of other devices. Once you have a signed agreement, it will be your ground rules by which your child will abide by. An added bonus is that because its creation is a mutual agreement between you and your child mutual it will be more meaningful to them, thus respected.

Going back to parents and teachers being on the same page, encourage your child to take the agreement to school and show their teacher. Maybe it will prompt an internet-based discussion or one about responsible usage of technological devices; whatever the outcome it will most definitely spread awareness of helping your child to be safe as well as managing their internet time effectively and democratically.

Please share to help with internet safety awareness.

Till next time…

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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…

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!

Till next time…

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

I didn’t do my homework folder

In an effort to keep track of late assignments or homework not handed in, I have decided to try something new this year: the ‘I didn’t do my homework folder’.

I came across it on Pinterest, via the blog Teach-Bake-Love and thought it would be a great idea to try out.

This is my twist on it, to fit my to be Travel theme this year:

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This is how it works:

Children write down the date and name of any assignment that has not been completed or handed it in by the due date. They write down their excuse/reason and they will be informed that their parents will be shown this, during the Parent-Teacher meetings. Each child will have a page of their own, to keep better track of who is being responsible and who isn’t. The teacher can then assign a lunch detention if there have been consecutive occurrences of them not handing in something, and keep track of how many times that pupil isn’t completing or turning in an assignment.

I love this idea, as it encourages pupils to take the time to think about their excuse and know that they will also have to justify it to their parents later. It is also a great tracking document to have as proof of inconsistency, which will also help when filling out reports.

If you like this idea, then click on the images below to download it for free! ⬇️

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Front and back covers

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‘I didn’t do my homework folder’ page

Leave your thoughts and comments below. Thanks 🙂

Till next time…

Peppi Orfanogianni

 

 

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.

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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!

Till next time…

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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! 🙂

Till next time…

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:

 

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!! ❤

Till next time…

Credits on the pdf download, thanks!

 

 

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! ❤

Till next time…