Hello my name is Alison Flint and I am one of the tutors on the FDLT course as well as being the course leader for the ‘top up’ degree: BA Learning and Teaching (BALT). My main interest is in mathematics education and I look forward to working with you during Year 1 and beyond.
Before joining the School of Education three years ago I was a Primary School Headteacher in Milton Keynes for five years and, prior to that, I was a Headteacher in a Junior School in Northampton. I was also a governor for many years including serving as Chair of Governors for a year.
An article about Matt Dix, now a primary teacher. He tweets as @mracdpresent.
He and some colleagues write songs for children to help their learning. You can look these up on the Guardian Teacher Resource Network. It is interesting to read about how he uses his talent and interest to enrich his teaching.
How do you use your talents and strengths to enrich and support learning?
With a group of children at the Alfred East Gallery, Kettering
I am Jean Edwards, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education. Some of you may have met me or corresponded with me in my role as Admissions Tutor for the FDLT course. I teach on the FDLT and also on the BA Learning and Teaching.
Before I came to work at the uni I was a Headteacher of a lower school and in total was a teacher for nineteen years. As a headteacher one of my teaching assistants went on the FDLT and BALT courses, she then did a GTP course and is now a teacher herself. I enjoyed supporting her development and seeing her achieve her ambition to be a teacher.
One of my interests is in using resources and sites beyond schools to inspire and enrich learning and another is learning and teaching in art. In the photo above both those interests were combined when I worked with a class of children in an art gallery and then later at a local Field Centre.
The National Literacy Trust has just shared some research that examines the influence of technology on children’s reading abilities and their enjoyment of reading. It found those who read daily only on-screen are nearly twice less likely to be above average readers than those who read daily in print or in print and on-screen (15.5% vs 26%). Those who read only on-screen are also three times less likely to enjoy reading very much (12% vs 51%) and a third less likely to have a favourite book (59% vs 77%).
National Literacy Trust Director, Jonathan Douglas said:
‘Our research confirms that technology is playing a central role in young people’s literacy development and reading choice. While we welcome the positive impact which technology has on bringing further reading opportunities to young people, it’s crucial that reading in print is not cast aside.
We are concerned by our finding that children who only read on-screen are significantly less likely to enjoy reading and less likely to be strong readers. Good reading skills and reading for pleasure are closely linked to children’s success at school and beyond. We need to encourage children to become avid readers, whatever format they choose.’
Welcome to this blog for the FDLT students who began the course at MK, Oadby and UN in September 2012. We will be posting useful, interesting and thought provoking new, ideas and resources on this blog.