**NEW** One Day Blogging Extravaganzas

Welcome back to the summer of 2017! With many schools knuckling down to a new term of learning, it’s as good a time as any to think about new strategies in which to inspire your learners in ways that will impact data. Many schools I work with book me to come in for a one day blogging extravaganza. These days typically see me working with two classes. One for the full morning and the other for the full afternoon. During these teaching sessions, teachers from other year groups are invited to get stuck in and see first hand how blogging can, not only impact immediately on engagement and enthusiasm for writing, but see how this strategy can have longer term impact on data! By the end of each session, the pupils can all:

  • Access a class blog and know how to log in.
  • Create a blog post from within school or from home.
  • Understand the eSafety issues around safe blogging.
  • Add quality comments offering peer assessment.
  • Understand how their writing can have a global audience and as a result write to the best of their abilities.

The teachers involved by the end of the sessions can all:

  • Manage the dashboard ensuring online safety for each pupil.
  • Understand how blogging can be used to impact standards in writing.
  • See first hand how pupil engagement levels and enthusiasm levels rise through effective use of blogging.
  • Develop ideas on how this tool can be used through observing an extended teaching sequence.

What’s also included in this BLOGGING EXTRAVAGANZA is a full staff meeting after school where all the staff get to hear first hand about the potential of using blogging in the classroom. In addition to this, the teachers have time to explore a number of different class blogs from across the Primary age range to see specifically how blogging can look like in their year group.

If you are looking for new ways to impact on standards of writing, please get in touch to see when I can come and work with your pupils and teachers.

DeputyMitchell works across the UK in both Primary and Secondary schools. He offers tailored IN CLASS INSET for pupils and teachers with a focus on impact on data. If you feel a BLOGGING EXTRAVAGANZA could be of interest to you and your pupils, please get in touch HERE!


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The writing results of DeputyMitchell’s pupils soared from 9% Level 5 to 60% Level 5 in 12 months after the implementation of simple existing new technologies and blogging.

DeputyMitchell has been a primary school teacher for 20 years teaching Reception to Year 8 and has worked at all levels of management from ICT Co-ordinator, Department Head to Headteacher of two schools. Ever since he saw the power as a Year 6 teacher of using forums to get pupils writing outside of the traditional school day as early as 2005, DeputyMitchell has seen amazing impact through technology used at the right time, in the right way, to not only inspire pupils to write, but write to the very best of their ability.


Blogging in the news!

Today has been an exciting day indeed. As part of my freelance work, I have been working as a Consultant at Leamore Primary School in Walsall in the West Midlands. Today was day 6 of 7 days over a 4 week period that I have been asked to work with the innovative Leamore. Since starting about 4 weeks ago, I have worked predominantly with Year 5 and their excellent teacher Gary Ellison. We’ve worked on using Coveritlive, Voicethread and the use of images, with a heavy emphasis on impacting standards in writing. However, other opportunities have presented themselves to work with staff in EYFS, Year 3, with Teaching Assistants and two NQTs that are new to the school. One of the highlights for not only the pupils but Gary and I too was the Coveritlive session with the one and only Pie Corbett. Please click here to see it.

The school and I were thrilled when the BBC West Midlands got in touch to feature the work we had been doing on their Midlands Today programme today (11th July 2013).

Below are the two clips that I’d like to thank Simon Haughton for capturing. I’d also like to add at this point that Leamore have been doing some amazing blogging before I arrived, especially with their work in EYFS and blogs as Learning Journals. My brief was to develop blogging to more advanced level, both pupils and the staff have been so receptive to new learning. This consultancy project has been an amazing experience! Thank you to Michelle Hill (Acting Headteacher) for seeing the potential of what we could do together at Leamore Primary.

The clip from Midlands Today at 6:30pm

The clip from Midlands Today at 12:30pm