Teacher 5 a day

I’ve seen a lot of Twitter talk about #teacher5aday and after a bit of “research” it looks like a fantastic idea to develop wellbeing, share ideas and look after ourselves and our colleagues and this can only have a positive impact on our students. Mustafa Kemal Attaturk said :

“A good teacher is like a candle it consumes to light the way for others”

I’ve only been teaching for 7 years and I’ve already seen too many colleagues burn themselves out for others.

Teacher5aday is focusing on 5 areas:
Connect, be active, keep learning, take notice and give and encouraging teachers to track their progress through blogs or in Twitter.

I’m going to try to work on an area at a time adding new bits as I go in attempt not to become overwhelmed. Starting with:
Be active:
My aim is to improve my running and make the time to go out at least three times each week to run off the stresses and strains of the day plus I always get the best ideas out running!

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Making a talking, braille feely book

I recently made a touchy feely, talking, braille book for a student.

I decided on a nativity theme- each page had a single recorded word matched with a single braille word and then a tecture to match. The pages included

‘hay’ a ziplock bag of hay gaffa taped in

‘Tinsel’ and ‘Christmas tree’- small pieces of tinsel and piece of pine tree taped in using double sided tape

‘Present’- a bow stuck on

‘Christmas’- a sandwich bag filled with ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon sticks and star anise with a few very small holes in it to let out the scent.

https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/shopping?q=tbn:ANd9GcTTwGyS86oEEOg8j2-h-44cp9ZUbTg9WP5DNOGZQVg6tbFbLHQ0&usqp=CAEWe used one of these a5 recordable albums as it has a button to press on each page. On the rear of each page I recorded a snatch of christmas music

This is the braille label maker we use- it works really well as long as you press hard enough to make a proper indentation.

The student we made the book for isn’t currently using braille but we’ve started to introduce it in the same way that other students are introduced to environmental print and alongside music, the spoken word and the tactile pages our touch feely-braille-talking book has been a big hit!