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I have been working really hard recently on getting my new Pinterest course up and running and it's nearly ready! With this in mind I am looking for some first time testers on the course.

If you are thinking about taking a Pinterest business course please fill in the form below. On the first of March I will be selecting 3 at random to recieve the course for FREE! All I ask in return is some feedback and hopefully some positive recommendations to your friends :)

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Five for Friday 16/2/17

Thanks again goes to doodlebugs and her weekly linky party. Where I let you all know the  5 important things I have been up to this week.

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Here are the five things I have been up to this week:

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It has been Valentine's Day! What a wonderful romantic day that is awwwww I hope you all had a fantastic time and spent it with someone you love :) Yes very soppy!

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And it is half term!!! YAY! I have been trying to be nice to myself this week and not do too much work. I have become so conditioned to always be working that I feel a bit lost when I spend time on mysel fso I hope that you all are going to do the same and take some 'me time'

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It's all about the Pinterest! As I have been neglecting my social media for the whole of January really, I decided that I needed to seriously step up my Pinterest gaem. I have joined Tailwind and I am a little bit in love! I have organsied my boards and written about 100 to do lists I want to make my Pinterest Perfect! If you are interested in this whole Pinterest thing, check out my YouTube Channel for some videos I have been making about it all.














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So hot on the heels of my crazy Pinterest week I am now inspired to get down to a full on Twitter week! So next week I will be full on Twitter mode! I will let you know how that goes.



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And finally Easter is coming! But before easter we have Lent! If you are keen to get some Lent learning in your classroom then pop to my store and check out my new Lent products!

Great for a fun approach to this time of year.












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The top five questions you MUST ask your class about their Social Media

We need to talk about Social Media

I teach primary school children. A few years ago, social media, mobile phones and cyber bullying were things I didn't need to worry about with the kids in my class, but this has all changed so fast.

Now, I know that schools are getting better at confronting cyber bullying and there are the talks, and the guidelines, and all the fantastic warning videos, but while these can be very useful and have their place some times it really needs to come from a frank open discussion.

Here are the 5 Questions you need to ask the children in your class about their Social Media use.


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Q1: Do you really know the rules for using a social media site?
So many children don't actually know how old they need to be to post on Facebook. Many have no idea that they are agreeing to allow their personal information to be passed on if they check certain boxes. They need to be aware of this stuff and not just dismiss it as boring and unimportant.

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Facebook: 13
YouTube: 18 (!) but 13 year olds can use a parent's account
Twitter: 13

Q2: Is your profile really private?
So many people have open Facebook profiles and they don't even know it. The settings on Facebook are quite complicated and are updated often making keeping all of your profile private quite a tricy business. For exampel lots of people don't know that by selecting 'Just my friends' in the priavcy tab only applies to new posts, so anything that has been posted before that is seected can still be seen by anyone. Also 'friends of friends' means that anyone who is connected to someone you knwo can also see everything you post. This is somethign a lot of children are just not aware of.

Q3: Where do you use Social Media?
It is quite worrying the amount of children who are happy to use social media in the bathroom and bedroom. Not only just this limit adult supervision, it can also be dangerous for reasons of hacking and childrensharing inappropriate photos.

Q4: Would you accept a friend request from someone you know? 
I usually ask this question after asking 'Would you accept a friend request from someone you don't know?' The answer to that one is always a well trained 'No Miss' but when asked this question they seem puzzled, of course they would, it's social media is it for connecting with your friends. I think it is worth reminding them that they don't really know if this person contacting them is actually their friend at all and in fact it is best not to accept any friend request until they have spoken to their friend in person to make sure it is them!

Q5: What do you consider personal information?
Now this question is a really scary one, the children's idea of what is and isn't personal information differs a lot. Some children think just your name and address is personal but details about your parents, your age and which school you go to are fine. There things are of course still provate details and children need to be aware that sharing them is very dangerous. It is also wise to point out that personal details can be shown without being told. A photo of someone in their school uniform with the school name across the chest can make figuring out their school very easy!
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Now I hate to write such depressing posts, but sometimes it seems the interests of our children are moving faster than their knowledge of how to use them safely and we as teachers need to do everything we can to make sure they are safe and well informed!

For more information check out the Interactive Schools Information and this great post about how teens can fight cyber bullying

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Planning Ahead! Saint Patrick's Day!

I realise I'm really planning ahead with this one!  It is still January, I know (how can it still be January?!! Does this month never end?) but I wanted to get a Saint Patrick's Day resource made. I have just finished it and I really love it! I want it to be March already!



Saint Patrick's day is such a fun celebration. There is a real focus on having fun and wanting the best and luck for others, which to me seems like the best reason to celebrate! With this resource I tried to cover as much as I could without being over the top. There is information on the Saint himself and his day, I've explored the ways that people celebrate around the world. 




I also include a section on Irish leprechauns just for fun :)



The PowerPoint is really colourful and has many details, it has 36 slides to keep the kids entertained. To go along with the PowerPoint I have made some worksheets with matching activities for the children to embed their knowledge.





Like I said I am really pleased with this resource and if you would like to check it out yourself you can find it in my store!



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Five for Friday 27/01/17

Here is my very first 5 for Friday of 2017! Thanks to doodlebugs and her weekly linky party. Where I let you all know the  5 important things I have been up to this week.

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Here are the five things I have been up to this week:

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Preparing and getting excited for the London Teacher-Author meet up tomorrow! I am really looking forward to seeing everyone and having some fun! It should be great!








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There are still another 2 weeks to go until half term and I am feeling the teacher blues this week. Some times it feels like leadership team, parents, even the kids and the weather are against you. I need to remind myself on occasion to step back. Other people's opinions and judgements of me are theirs and none of my business. I choose to be happy!


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I'm all about products this month I decided so marketing has taken a bit of a backseat. I am really focussing on building my resources bank up and next month is going to be all about the promotion. With this in mind I have created my ultimate promotion list 101 things to do to market your products right now! I love it already!















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I have been trying, not very successfully to organise my working hours. I spend much too much of my life working and while I love what I do, I do need a shut off point! I have decided to limit myself to not working past 7pm, not working on Sundays and really making an effort to turn off from work... Easier said than done!

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And finally this week I have been really missing my baby. My little girl is off at university and I miss her so much! It is strange when she is home she spends most of time in her room but now she isn't here the house feels empty! At least she comes home to visit. I love her so much and I am so proud of the little grown up she is becoming!

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