Saturday, 12 July 2014

I'm a reading activist

Today was the first day of the Summer Reading Challenge which takes place every year during the summer holidays for children aged four to eleven. This involves signing up at your local library and choosing 6 books to read (fact or fiction) Along the way you can collect stickers, prizes and you will be awarded with a certificate at the end. This year I have volunteered at my local library. We had a great turn out of children sign up for the challenge on the first day. Most of the girls loved Jacqueline Wilson and the boys mostly like Beast quest and football fact books. The Summer Reading Challenge website helps you keep track of your reading, find new books and take part in competitions and play games.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Virtual classroom vs the actual classroom

I am struggling to just waltz back in here and write a blog post as if I'ver never been away. It's tricky but here goes: As my blog title suggests I have just bid a fond (in that I hated every minute) farewell to my math GCSE course. On moving from London to Devon back in 2012 it was proving tricky to find work that didn't require an A-C at math GCSE so I decided to retake. It will also enable me to take the PGCE should I decide teaching is for me. I took my final exam on Tuesday and can only hope all the revision and finally learning the point of algebra (please don't ask me) was worth it. So today I went to The University of St Mark & St John to check out the varius degree courses. I met with Hayden Gabriel who opened my eyes to a whole new world of study including a PHD in Creative Writing (getting way ahead of myself now) as well as the possibility of actually studying for a degree while still working full time. I'll admit I am tempted but I can't help thinking the Open University is for me. Can anyone comment on the virtual classroom versus the actual classroom?