Monthly Archives: June 2014

Build your Learning Power

As we begin the journey of  designing our new curriculum at Hamford, we continue to consider ways of developing the child holistically so they are prepared for life beyond school and a lifetime of learning.  Have a look at our new Learning Power page.

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Kagan updated!

Our Kagan page has been updated with some videos and the latest Kagan Structure of the Month: Pairs Compare!  Next step: videos of Hamford teachers and children carrying out Kagan Learning structures in our school!

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Do you want to be a ‘Sparky’ Teacher? is an excellent website for inspiring teachers to think about developing the whole child and their learning beyond school.  Their website states:

‘We think that teaching sparkily is about teaching with humour, inspiring young people and doing things differently – not just to be ‘quirky’ but because different things stick with learners.  In fact, if we weren’t called Sparky Teaching, we’d probably be called Sticky Learning.  It’s about seeing the little people who sit in front of us every day as individual characters not numbers or levels, recognising their sparks and what makes them them.’

Their blog is great and they are well worth following on Twitter so you can see all their free and paid resources, as well as how other teachers are using them.  They also regularly tweet inspirational videos like the ones below.



Finally, here is a link to their resources page.  Explore and find out which resources you can download for free.  The school have purchased the Everything Pack as an e-book, so we will all have access to those resources when they arrive.

Now, do you want to be a Sparky Teacher?


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What would be your Genius Hour?

Through the power of Twitter, the concept of Genius Hour has been spreading across the hyperspace education world.  The Genius Hour website states:

‘During genius hour students of all levels are empowered to explore their own passions. Discover how to transform your classroom into a place where students want to come in and learn.’

Watch the video below to see what it is all about and consider how Genius Hour could work at Hamford.


To find out more, click on the web link here.  What would be your Genius Hour?  How would you implement it in your class?


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What mindset do you have?

I first stumbled across the theories of Mindset and Professor Carol Dweck when working as part of an Active Research group of Shirley Clarke’s in 2008.  It made such sense that the way we talk to children and when and how we praise them will affect their motivation and understanding of the impact of practice and effort when learning new skills.  As a result, I went on to read Carol Dweck’s book Mindset: How You Can Fulfill Your Potential, which only confirmed my beliefs and determined my current and future practice when working with children.

Check out our new Mindset page on our Teaching and Learning blog to reflect on your own mindset and practice as a teacher or even parent.

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