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Mr D Finch
Computing & Business Teacher @ Leeds West Academy💻👨‍🏫 || NQT || University of Leeds BSc graduate👨‍🎓 || All views are my own ||
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Mr D Finch 23h
Replying to @MrTClarke
Never had experience with Kodu - do the students seem to take to it well? I've only ever seen screen grabs of it, and it looks good but looks like it could potentially be a bit complicated 😅 It does generally seem like Scratch is moving more Primary though, which is a shame.
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Mr D Finch 24h
Replying to @MrTClarke
We use it in the Y7 SOW, and when I was training it was used there. A lot of the cohort seem to use the basics of Scratch at primary school too now, so come with prior knowledge. I think it's good for the concepts of programming, but not sure I'd pitch it higher than Y7.
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Mr D Finch 24h
One of the Y7 students asked me today "Sir, how do I undo? Is it Control Z?" But they pronounced the letter Z as "Zee", not "Zed". This is what american culture is doing to us 😂
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Mr D Finch Sep 17
Replying to @MissUnsworth94
Love this idea! Might have to steal it for my Y7 form 😅
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Mr D Finch Sep 17
I've been teaching E-Safety to 9 different KS3 groups over the past couple of weeks. The level of discussion and awareness that they have demonstrated has been phenomenal. A little "pop quiz" today in one group showed that they would now be very cautious. Result!
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Mr D Finch Sep 15
Replying to @MrDFinch_
Thank you for all the suggestions for this, definitely considering them for the future! The only reason they are paper based for this year is that we are a brand new department, and already had PDF versions. With loads more to do, we didn't get chance to convert them to digital.
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Mr D Finch Sep 14
Replying to @MrsMounsey
Oh that sounds brilliant! So not only does it take out the marking step, but it also takes out the QLA step too?! I'll suggest this to my HoD for sure! Do you know if it's free or if it's a paid for service?
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Mr D Finch Sep 14
Currently working my way through 235 KS3 Baseline tests to mark... and they're on paper! Definitely moving to Google Forms/Microsoft Forms next year I think!
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Samuel Wilson Sep 7
Hope everyone’s enjoyed their first week back! For those of you completing your and years, I have something you may find useful if you’re gathering evidence! DM if you want a full copy
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Mr D Finch Sep 4
Had a great day with my new Year 7 form today. I gave all of my form a custom made card to wish them luck on their journey at school. Just a little something to show that I care about them, but also something for them to keep as a nice little memento to look back on.
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Mr D Finch Sep 3
Well, today's the day! A massive welcome to my new form group "7DFi", and also to all the other new Year 7s starting their journey here! Good luck to all on their first day - I hope you all enjoy it!
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Mr D Finch Sep 1
Replying to @MrDFinch_
If anyone is interested, there is a great companion book by the author of Wonder called "365 Days of Wonder", which has a thought of the day (some of them are original quotes too). If your school is an advocate of "Wonder", I would certainly recommend.
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Mr D Finch Sep 1
Replying to @p_d_baker
Love the idea of having one in a daily bulletin for the whole school to access! But yes, they certainly are all of what you mention. I think it should be done much more widely if I'm honest - makes students consider their actions more, and might help if they face difficulties.
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Mr D Finch Sep 1
Replying to @Lally_You
Thank you 🙂. I have a new Y7 form this year. They were given a copy of Wonder to read over the summer (it is used as a cross curricular theme for the first couple of weeks). I aim to spend a couple of minutes each form time discussing it. Hopefully they benefit from it 🙂
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Mr D Finch Sep 1
Replying to @mxwarp
Oooo yes, I might change it to Dolly Parton! And thank you - I've only just started it, so up until the end of September. Going to try do as much as I can today before the real work starts this week!
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Mr D Finch Sep 1
Something I am trying this year is inspired by the book "Wonder". Every day on my Form display board, I'll put up a "precept" to give wise words and motivation to not just my form, but also to any of my classes. Has anyone tried something similar? What do you think?
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Mr D Finch Sep 1
Replying to @MissFentimanPE
When they find someone, they have to get them to sign their name in the box, and the first to get a full house wins. The idea is that it enables them to find out if they have common interests, and gets them talking to become friends🙂
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Mr D Finch Sep 1
Replying to @MissFentimanPE
Almost a month late to this thread (came across it whilst I was looking for some more ideas myself!), but our school does a "Friend Bingo" for Year 7s - just a grid of things (e.g. Supports Man Utd, Fan of Little Mix, etc), and they have to go around and find someone for each box
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Mr D Finch Aug 31
Replying to @AALICompSci
Also, if you're ever stuck for resources, I would recommend - it's brilliant for ideas, and an absolute lifesaver!
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Mr D Finch Aug 31
Replying to @AALICompSci
No matter how amazing you do, it will ALWAYS seem like you're getting more "negative" feedback than positive - but this doesn't mean you're not doing well!!! It's just the way it is, and when this happens, just remember that you are still doing an amazing job!
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