Category Archives: Blogging

Inside Education Interview

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I was recently interviewed by Seán Delaney for Inside Education: a programme that gives an Irish perspective on news and stories from the world of education

Click here to listen to the podcast:

http://www.podbean.com/media/player/pejmz-54727d/initByJs/1/auto/1

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‘You’re gay, this is gay’: how can we tackle homophobia in PE?

I came across an article by @matthewjenkin in The Guardian called ‘You’re gay, this is gay’: how can we tackle homophobia in PE? Evidence and experts suggest that 30 minutes of physical activity a day can have a positive effect on our health, mental health and general well-being. However this is not the case for some LGBT students, as the thought of PE and/or team based sports for them can be a cause of anxiety that they cannot avoid (being part of the school curriculum). The article addresses the use of homophobic language used in sporting activities (at school and extra curricular), as well as the effects this language has on LGBT students. It suggests how improving teacher awareness to the topic can be a first step towards positive change. It asks if a more diverse range of activities and games, which are less gender segregated would be beneficial.

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Blogging in the Classroom

Blogging

Report on a field trip or virtual field trip
Have students act as reporters talking about a field trip or special event. They can pretend to have interviewed a cow at the farm they visited or be straightforward in reporting the real events of the trip. Students could also write up a virtual field trip they took online in class.

Share a Photo of your Classroom
Encourage children from your class to leave comments about what they like about it or even suggestions for changes they would like to see.

Publish Children’s Work
Don’t just post work that is flawless but also invite comments and suggestions on work that can be improved. Read the rest of this entry