My name is Ms Carolyn, and I am from Scotland, which is part of the UK. This is now my ninth year as a teacher and my fifth year at EMS! I have just completed my Masters in Science (Education), which was a lot of hard work! However, I love to learn new things and try out new approaches in my classroom. As such, I hope you are just as excited as I am to explore, investigate and learn together!
Authors in Action!
If you're not in class 5-7 then you’re really missing out.We are writing in our writing journals and sharing our pieces of writing every Thursday, and some of our top writers are:
Fritz with the death theme, Hiba with the adventure and comedy theme and last but not least Leen with poetry! If you are also wondering what it is like being like one of these writers, all you have to do is ask them! (As in interview them)
Trinity: ‘So Fritz,what’s your secret to writing these spooky death stories?’
Fritz: ‘Well,all I do is watch horror movies and get inspired by them!’
Trinity: ‘That’s great!’
Trinity: ‘Leen, where do you get ideas for your beautiful poems?’
Leen: ‘I don’t know.It sort of just pops in my head!’
Trinity: ‘Well okay then!’
Trinity: ‘Hiba, where do you get your inspiration to your silly stories?’
Hiba: ‘I just watch YouTube videos and i base them on my stories and put a bit of comedy in them’
Trinity:Thank you Hiba! What wonderful advice!’
Now that you heard from these authors, it’s time for you to start writing stories and become an author in action!
Written by: Trinity 5-7
As we set out together on this learning journey, it is important to remember why we do what we do, both as teachers and learners. You see, as shocking as it seems, the true purpose of education is not for students simply to score highly on a test! While this may be a welcome product of sound teaching and learning, education is about much, much more than a percentage score on an assessment paper.
As a class teacher, I hope to help my students develop a wide set of skills: ones that are not limited to the subject specific but include skills such as leadership, collaboration, self-direction and so on. As such, I would encourage students to take some time at the start of this year to reflect on what they would like to work on, beyond academics. Becoming more confident, making new friends and showing greater empathy for others: these are examples of goals that are just as important as being able to do mental maths or write an exciting story.
Here's to learning more than how to pass tests! Let's make the year ahead a great one.