A blog for students on the FDLT at the University of Northampton

at Leicester and UN

September 29, 2014
by Jean
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Introducing Abbie Deeming

FullSizeRenderHello, I’m Abbie Deeming and I am one of the tutors on the FDLT course.  I will be working with both year 1 and year 2 groups across all three sites so I look forward to meeting you all; I also have some teaching on the BALT course as well.

I originally trained as an Infants Teacher and taught in Berkshire but the majority of my teaching career has been in Further Education in Stoke-on-Trent and Derbyshire.  In FE I taught a mixture of level 2, 3 and higher education courses in early years, education and for teaching assistants.  My main areas of interest are child development, theories of learning (including emotional intelligence), motivation, behaviour management and safeguarding.

In my spare time I enjoy crafting activities and science fiction.

September 22, 2014
by Jean
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The Educators – Sugata Mitra

smOn Wednesday 17th September Professor of Educational Technology at the University of Newcastle Sugata Mitra was interviewed by Sarah Montague on the BBC Radio 4 programme The Educators. It is available on i-player and I have saved it to Box of Broadcasts.

His TED Talk ‘School in the Clouds’ is available to watch here – Build a School in the Cloud

Professor Mitra has views about how schools, learning and teaching should be different in the twenty first century – as students working in education what do you think of his ideas?

September 11, 2014
by Jean
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The Educators – Paul Howard-Jones

phjOn Wednesday 10th September psychologist Paul Howard-Jones was interviewed by Sarah Montague on the BBC Radio 4 programme The Educators. It is available on i-player and I have saved it to Box of Broadcasts.

Paul Howard-Jones is an academic at the University of Bristol. You can read more about him and his research on the RSA website and on Your amazing brain…

Digital technology and neuroscience are areas of great relevance to learning both at school and at university – what are the implications of his research for your pupils and for you as university students?

September 9, 2014
by Jean
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Introducing Dom Murphy

Dom Murphy mugshotHello, I’m Dom Murphy, on the tutors on the FDLT course. I’ll be working with all three Year 1 groups so I look forward to meeting you very soon.

I also work with the Year 2 groups and on the BALT programme where I focus on the Professional Practice in Education module.

Before working at the university, I taught in Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire, mainly in primary, wearing many hats over the years: in my time I’ve been subject leader for (deep breath) Mathematics, P.E, Design Technology, Outdoor Education and History and ended up as a headteacher.

In my spare time, I try to keep fit by canoe racing and coaching.

September 8, 2014
by Jean
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The Educators – Daisy Chrisodoulou

On Wednesday September 3rd Sarah Montague interviewed Daisy Chrisodoulou on ‘The Educators’ on Radio 4. The programme is available on i-player and I will add it to Box of Broadcasts.

DCDaisy Chrisodoulou writes a blog that you access here:

The Wing to Heaven

She is currently the Research and Development Manager at ARK Schools in the UK.

The book that she discusses with Sarah Montague is:

Christodoulou, C. (2014) Seven Myths about Education. London: Routledge.

As with any writing in the field of education it is important that we think critically and evaluatively about what we read. Tom Sherington, on his blog Headteacherguru, has written a post about Christodoulou’s book that you can access here:

A Perspective on ‘Seven Myths’

 

 

What do you think about the views Christodoulou shared in the programme?

September 4, 2014
by Jean
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Study skills and support for learning at the University of Northampton

There are a number of useful resources available online to support you as you start or return to study at university. Some of these are new this year.

SkillsHub

skills hubThe University of Northampton SkillsHub is a place where you can access a wide range of electronic resources to support your academic work. There are video tutorials and supporting resources that you can download. You can take a virtual tour of the library, make an appointment to see a tutor at the Centre for Achievement and Performance (CfAP) and check how to use Turnitin to hand in your assignments.

A good place to start is the ‘essential tools’ tab. Here you can access information about your university login, the library catalogue and much more that is useful in the early weeks of the course.

Library Support for Education Students

lsesAnother great source of support for FDLT students (and all Education students) is new this year – the Library Support for Education Students pages. Hannah Rose, an academic librarian who many of you know, and new students will meet, has created specific help pages for you. We will be referring to these in study skills sessions and you will find them very useful when researching for and writing assignments. The information here will be a support and reminder to the sessions where Hannah works with you in sessions.

You can see the headings below:

lsedun

 

You should bookmark the links to both of these resources so that you can access them easily as you work.

 

September 1, 2014
by Jean
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The Educators – Tony Little

On Wednesday 27th August Sarah Montague interviewed Tony Little on ‘The Educators’ on Radio 4. The programme is available on i-player and I will add it to Box of Broadcasts.

Tony LittleAs you can see from the programme blurb (left) Tony Little is the Headmaster of Eton College, a school unlike the schools most of us have or currently work at. What do you think about his views and ideas?

Earlier this month his views on the the approach to exams in England led to some media articles including this one in The Guardian newspaper – Exam system unimaginative

The letter that is referred to in the article is one that the Headteacher of Barrowfield primary sent to the pupils and parents of Year 6 in July. This is discussed in more depth in these two posts by Richard Rose:

Thank you for a letter of appreciation

Let not the facts get in the way of a good story

Perhaps your role relates to tests and exams directly or perhaps you have experience of tests and exams personally or wioth a family member. What are your thoughts?

The programme is supported by this link to the Open University website – OU The Educators

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