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Monthly Archives: April 2017

  • See How Fell Dyke Primary School is Promoting Online Safety With Our Help!

    As part of our ongoing focus on online safety in school, we have promoted the use of the SMART online safety rules over the last few years. Despite SMART rules posters being displayed prominently in all classrooms and communal areas, last year, following discussions with pupils, we recognised that whilst most of our children in Key Stage 2 were familiar with what the SMART acronym stood for, they were not entirely sure of the meaning. In fact, some of our younger children were unfamiliar with the SMART rules altogether.

    During some consultancy work with Martin Bailey, a local ICT consultant, we were impressed to see the SMART posters that Daydream Education had produced for Martin's school. As a result, we launched a whole school competition which involved the children designing their own SMART rules posters. The standard of work produced was very high and selecting just one winning design from KS1 and one from KS2 was difficult.

    Bespoke internet safety posters Fell Dyke Primary School

    It was great to see how the children had interpreted the rules and expressed them in more age-appropriate language. Finally, the two winning designs were selected, celebrated and submitted to Daydream Education who did a fantastic job in keeping the children's designs but 'professionalising' them and producing the high quality posters we now have on display today. A2 sized posters are displayed in every classroom and referred to every time any form of online technology is used by the children. A2-sized KS1 and KS2 SMART posters are also displayed prominently in communal areas throughout school: entrance area, hall, corridors and Media Suite. In addition, smaller A3 posters feature on all of the trolleys of laptops and iPads just to serve as an extra reminder!
    We have found a huge increase in children's knowledge and understanding of the SMART online safety rules. We attribute this to the fact that, following the poster design campaign and competition, the children now have ownership of the rules and the large eye-catching posters have meaning and appeal.

    We place such a high emphasis on the SMART rules that they feature in our home-school contract and in our school prospectus. Mrs Jade Wallace (Computing Lead Teacher and Upper KS2 Phase Leader)

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  • How to Maintain Classroom Management

    Firstly, why is classroom management important?

    • It engages students:  Students who are engaged in lessons will be able to register the information better and be able to apply their knowledge when it comes to sitting tests/exams.
    • It keeps students prepared:  When teachers and students are prepared to learn, lessons and learning will be easier to be administered and the results will be more effective.
    • It boosts confidence:  In an effective classroom, teachers are able to give more attention to each student and structure lesson plans to meet certain needs.  All of these factors will help in boosting the confidence of students.

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    Now let’s take a look at what you can do as a teacher to help maintain discipline and management in your classroom.

    • Have rules:  It is important to have a basic set of rules for students to follow. These regulations will help maintain classroom management and discipline. These rules do not have to be anything advanced; they can be as simple as making sure that all students are on time for lesson and what the punishments are if they fail to do so.
    • Make the rules known to parents as well:  Student’s parents should also be aware of the management techniques that you are implementing in the classroom. You should ask parents to go over these rules with the students at home so that everyone is on the same page, and so that students know that their parents expect this behavior from them as well.
    • Be firm and consistent:  When you make your rules to manage your classroom, make sure that they are realistic and void of any inconsistencies. Approach the rules in a positive manner so that students do not associate any negativity with it. Feel free to reward students for their positive behavior when you see that they are contributing to effective classroom management.
    • Be professional:  An effectively managed classroom is conducted with professionalism and adequate structure. Students who are presented with a good authority figure who has a plan and follows it will fit in to the structure nicely.
    • Have a printed packet:  In case you are unable to attend class one day, make sure that you have a printed packet of your classroom management techniques handy for a substitute teacher. Your classroom should be aware that, even in your absence, they should still be able to manage themselves wisely and that all rules still apply. If students show structure and compliance in your absence, it will make both you and your classroom look well-managed and efficient.

    Classroom management is essential, not only for a teacher’s piece of mind and in allowing them proper control over their classroom, but it is crucial for a positive learning environment for students. If you want to keep your students engaged as well as disciplined then it may be a good idea to see what our award-winning poster range has to offer!

  • NCTM Conference 2017

    Visit Craig Moss at Booth 651!

    Daydream Education is thrilled to be at its first NCTM conference showcasing its fantastic range of Math resources.

    Pop along to our stand to find out more about our brand new Math Pocket Poster Study Guides, Math Posters and to benefit from some fantastic show specials!

    Our brand new range of Pocket Poster Study Guides simplify key math topics into bitesize chunks of information to improve students' understanding and boost their confidence. The pocket-sized books are ideal for independent study to help students with homework, revision and classroom-based learning.

    Our math posters are the prefect way of brightening up your classroom environment with colorful and engaging content. The large format posters cover key curriculum topics and offer students' a quick reference point to refresh their knowledge.

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