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June 2016

Professional Development in your PJs

Periscope, Social Media, Teacherpreneur


As a teacher, I never thought that I would be able to learn lots of new information at my home in my tracksuit bottoms and NCIS shirt, but with the use of social media I can. It is called iteachTVnetwork on Periscope. The iteachTVnetwork was founded by Sheila Jane from Sheila Jane Teaching. Sheila and her team of scopers scope about a variety of topics from classroom organisation, technology, literacy, getting the right teaching job, maths and science. The scopers are teachers with a variety of years of experience in teaching and the teacher blogger world. There are all USA teachers, but as a teacher from the UK a lot of the content has been really helpful and inspired a lot of the content in my Teachers Pay Teacher store, TES store and things I could implement in the classroom from September. I thought I would share with you some of my favourite iteachTVnetwork scopers.

1. Jen Jones (Hello Literacy) scopes every Friday at 9am EST scopes about all things literacy and she has made a lot of things clear from phonics to reading to writing. She really has boosted my confidence in literacy teaching.
2. Kami Butterfield (Teaching with App-itude) scopes her educational technology show called ‘I HAVE AN APP FOR THAT!’. She shares her experiences in a classroom, where it is 1 to 1 iPads. This show has helped me understand what technology is out there for my classroom and how most of it is free. Kami’s show is on the iteachTVnetwork at 8.30pm CST/ 6.30pm PST
3. Caitlin (The Styled Teacher) Caitlin is the only teacher fashion blogger I love to follow religiously. She has a very smart sense of style but also how to transition from teacher professional to weekend woman.
4. Ashley (Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd) THE QUEEN OF ORGANISATION! This woman knows how to organise her classroom and Teacherpreneur life exactly how she wants it. I love her show and I always take away a head full of ideas and pages of notes for my own life. Her show on iteachTVnetwork is on every Tuesday at 6pm PST.
5. There are a variety of other scopers I watch for similar reasons as to the ones described above. Some of these are Kayla Delzer (Top Dog Teaching), Tony Vincent, Katie Shaffer, Amy Harris and Heather Campbell.

If you want to know more about how to access these amazing Periscopers all you have to do is follow iteachTVnetwork on Periscope and if you want more information about the iteachTVnetwork. You can check out their awesome website at You can like the Facebook page to to stay up to date on all the new updates.

Happy Wishes Teacher Friends

Kathryn A


Transition Day

End of School Year, Primary Curriculum, Transition, Uncategorized

So, it is that time of year again where we are all closing out the year but prepping for the next year. A big part of this is the transition day or even week/fortnight, however long you get, it is sometimes tough to fill the space with useful meaningful learning that won’t be lost over the summer. It is probably one of the most frequently asked questions in UK Teaching Facebook Groups too. So, I thought I would share with you some of the ideas I may use for my transition day.

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Activities for Transition Day/Week

  1. Have a selection of books on stand by for students to read independently or in a group or with you as a class. This is a great way for you to see their reading dislikes and likes, those who are avid readers or those you are not. They can be anything from non fiction books to comics to magazines to novels short or long. I would also sneakily chuck in a few of the reading scheme they are going to follow because their reading score may be low because they find the mandatory texts boring, because once you have identified this you put rewards systems in place to engage them in mandatory texts.
  2. Take selfies for your classroom. This idea is based on the words of a famous educator called Hope King (Elementary Shenanigans) from the Ron Clark Academy. (Seriously if you haven’t heard about the Ron Clark Academy you need to google it. I have learned so much). In the words of Hope students need to feel comfortable and familiar in their classroom, because it is where they are going to spend of the year. A great way to do this is to have photos in photo frames so it feels more like community and you are on this journey together. Bring out the selfie stick.
  3. Talk to your students. What do you mean I already talk to my students? I mean that you could ask your students their hopes and dreams for the year. What THEY think will be expected of them? Then from this agree on the top 5 must follow at all times together.
  4. Do cool science experiments and problem solving tasks to see where the students are at in both maths and science.
  5. Quizzes with prizes – to see what they know already and more about their interests.

Hope this helps you in your transition day teacher friends, let me know how you get to know your new students either in the comments below or on social media @happyeducators

Happy Wishes Teacher Friends!

Kathryn A

Periscope Made Easy!

Periscope, Social Media, Teacherpreneur


Periscope is one of the newest live broadcasting platforms on social media. It is a platform which is connecting educators on a global scale. I wanted to start a series on my blog dedicated to Periscope. The series will include everything from how to sign up to Periscope to lessons I learned about scoping to who to follow in the teacher and Teacherpreneur/Entrepreneur world.

Getting Started With Periscope

1. First you need to join Periscope, by either signing up with your Twitter account or your email.
2. Then you can either follow people you follow on Twitter or search for follower by tapping the person icon in the bottom right corner, then the search icon at the top of the page.
3. To see who is live and the most recent replay broadcasts tap the TV icon in the bottom left corner. The broadcasts which are live are highlighted at the top of the page.

Watching Periscopes – Sharing the Love

Watching Periscopes are quite addictive if you know how to interact with the scoper. There are three ways to do this, the first way is to simply tap the screen for hearts to appear on the screen, the second is to simply comment in the comment box, the third is o tap the peri buddy in the bottom right corner of the screen and tap the share button to either all or specific followers, Twitter or Facebook.

How To Start Scoping?

1. Tap the camera icon which is third from the left, you will see a question “What are you seeing now?”. Type here what your broadcast is going to be about use hashtags to identify your tribe.
2. Then tap the red “Start Broadcast” and be red bar brave.

Happy Wishes Teacher Friends!
Kathryn A