From time to time I like to type up my views on certain areas I am passionate about.  Take a read, you might learn something, or you might simply enjoy my ramblings.    Kate

To Easter or not to Easter?

To Easter or not to Easter Should we be teaching our learners about easter? Kate Friedwald  |  March 2019 It comes around every year. Do you teach the cute bunny bringing chocolate eggs, Jesus’s death and resurrection or both?   Should we be teaching the religious side? What about those students of different religions? Is this insensitive? If we cover

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Why Don’t Teachers Share More?

Why Don’t Teachers Share More? I mean we all want to see all students succeed. Kate Friedwald  |  Dec 2018 We are not a competitive industry, well if we are we shouldn’t be.  I know it might not always be that black and white with private and special character schools in the mix, funding to vie for, staffing levels to

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No End of Year Prizegiving.

No end of year prizegiving. A look at Silverdale School’s recent decision. Kate Friedwald  |  Nov 2018 I’ve been asked my opinion a few times now around Silverdale School no longer handing out end of year awards for academic achievement. I usually refrain from commenting on these matters as it can be so easy to have your words skewed by

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Planning With Google

Planning With Google Kate Friedwald  |  Oct 2018 As a student teacher I dreamed of the day I’d have my own black planning folder sitting on my desk, looking pretty with each week planned and colour coded according to curriculum area. I am still waiting actually as this wasn’t something my school handed out upon employment.  I quickly understood why

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My Take on ILEs

My Take on ILEs Kate Friedwald  |  July 2018 There has and continues to be much, mostly negative, media around Innovative Learning Environments.  How they are a repeat of the open plan initiative, using kids as guinea pigs, too loud, an excuse for higher class numbers etc etc.  I often find myself in conversations around this topic as well as

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5 Reasons to use Book Creator in the Classroom

5 Reasons to use Book Creator in the Classroom Kate Friedwald  |  June 2018 Back in 2013 I began using Book Creator with my Year 5/6 class.  I can’t remember who or how I was introduced, but it’s safe to say I have been a fan ever since!  Now as a facilitator it has become one of the top resources

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