Welcome To The Year Before

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Welcome to The Year Before, a blog I’ve created as part of one of my final modules at University; Digital Economies and Digital Cultures. I started this blog when I was in the process of applying for my Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in the Lifelong Learning sector (Further Education) for September 2016, and I wanted to share my experiences with others who may be going through the same process, or who are thinking about […]

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Little Life Update

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Hello everyone! Long time no speak, my sincere apologies about that one. I have been so manic recently with my teaching, working, uni and life in general that I just haven’t had the time to post on here. But this week when I got the e-mail about my hosting and domain name renewal I thought to myself; “I should really make time to work on my blog!”…so here I am! Well, to break me back […]

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I’ve got a job!!!

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Hi everyone, sorry I’ve not posted in a while! As you can imagine my life is rather hectic at the moment and there simply aren’t enough hours in the day. But this post brings extremely positive news. I’ve managed to secure myself my first teaching role. Wahooooo. As you can gather I’m rather excited about this whole ordeal. So I’ll explain how this happened. On Wednesday I attended a recruitment event at Lincoln College thinking […]

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8 Reasons to Use Exit Tickets In Your Lessons

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Now I’m sure this is something you have all heard of, but I thought I’d post just in case any of my readers haven’t heard about it, or don’t know the benefits of them or even how to use them. So here goes, I’m going to explain what they are and give you 8 reasons why I think you should be using them in your classroom. Basically an exit ticket is a document you get […]

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Buzz Word Bingo

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So a few weeks ago at university we were learning about engagement and how to get students listening in the classroom, and to know when they are listening. Obviously there’s the obvious one of putting them on the spot with questions and seeing if they know what on earth you are talking about, but we were told about another technique to get the whole class involved and I’d like to share it with you all […]

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Pose, Pause, Pounce, Bounce!!

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Hi everyone, todays post is all about a questioning technique which I have found to be extremely useful in the classroom, so I thought I’d share it with you in case you aren’t aware of it. I came across this strategy at university, but we only briefly looked at it, so I went away and found more information about the technique. I found the most useful source to be Ross Morrison McGill founder of Teacher Toolkit. […]

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Christmas Break Time!!

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Well that’s it, I’ve officially made it through my first semester as a trainee teacher! Wahoo! A lot has happened in the last few months and I’m really enjoying the course and my teaching which is a bonus. I have had two of my teaching observations, handed in one assignment, and learnt an awful lot to the point my head is almost exploding! I have a lot to work on over Christmas and in the […]

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Graduation Day

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Well today it became official, I am now a graduate of the University of Lincoln! What a whirlwind of emotions today has been filled with. I have cried, I have smiled and cheered and I have felt a mixture of emotions. I am overwhelmingly proud to have graduated with a First Class Honours degree in International Tourism Management, and it was fantastic graduating in Lincoln Cathedral. The scenery really is break taking. But I am […]

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day Ten

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Right, so I’ve made it into double figures! Wahoo! So day 10, the best trip of my life. Now I’m sorry for this guys but this is going to be yet another slightly boring post. When I was growing up I never really went abroad so planes weren’t really anything I experienced. My family always took holidays in the U.K, normally at typical seaside resorts such as Skegness, Mablethorpe and Blackpool etc. I remember spending […]

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day Nine

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So day nine brings us to what’s in your bag/wallet…not to sure I want to complete this one as I can’t remember the last time I emptied my handbag! Well here goes…I’ll tell you about the contents of my main bag, as I use several different ones depending on where I’m going or what I’m doing that day. So in here we have my purse, detrimental as you never know if you’re going to need […]

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