Friday, 29 August 2014

Five for Friday Helping Others Vikings & Dragons style

Five for Friday Link Up posting over at Doodle Bugs Teaching - why don't you give it a go?

5 Random Things from this Week

The balloon numbers are from :)

Organisation of Clip Art files
My computer has had a fit and decided it can no longer show me my clipart files with a tiny graphic by the side so now I don't know what I have which is rather a nightmare so I have had to be going through each file and making a note of what is actually in there!!  If anyone can help out with this technical issue I would be so grateful!!!!!

Watched this award winning movie for the first time this week (on TV) and sat there with tears streaming down my face.  So hard hitting and powerful and special needs to boot.  If you haven't seen it - this is a must!!

Meeting Up with Friends

Do not know where this holiday has gone (I say that every year) but with us all going back to school next week have tried to meet up or at least phone contact all those special people in my life that I just don't get chance to see once the school week of 50 hours plus begins again.

Helping Others Out

As teachers of children with special needs, we often find ourselves struggling at times to discover what is preventing their learning from taking place or trying to create resources that will help a specific child in a specific way.  Sometimes our working environments are far from satisfactory (my little room is too cramped at times for the amount of children who come there to work) or we do not have the right equipment/learning aids or sometimes the right qualified or even the appropriate number of support staff.  We are often the teachers that other staff members turn to for support not only for their school children but themselves as well and so we grow accustomed to helping others and that's why when we hear of things going wrong or being difficult for someone we want to help.  So I am asking for some help for someone who is too far away from me to go and lend a physical hand to and in a teaching establishment I have no experience of but I think others might be able to help and support.  This is my "Viking" blogging friend Jannike Johnson who has just changed schools and her blog and is now struggling in setting up a no equipment classroom with her students expected next week.   Please, please, please go and visit her new blog
and see her situation for yourselves and if there is anything that you can offer to do to help her out please offer and if there is nothing physical you can offer then send her a message of support and well being so she knows we are behind her and thinking of her.

In the spirit of her Viking ancestry, I have created this resource for discoveries in simple addition based on their Viking helmets and dragon headed longships to share with you and your students.

Let me know how it goes down with them as I have not used it yet with mine although I have used similar methods to generate the discoveries I talk about in the blurb.


  1. Wow, thank you so much for thinking of me!! Truly, we bloggers are almost a family of our own and it made me feel so good to know that other people care (even clear across the world!) and want to help, I am so appreciative!! I am starting to calm down since there isn't much I can do about my situation for some things, and just work with what I have. I have enough to keep students busy for a few days and hopefully the rest will fall into place in the meantime. One of my favorite sayings is, "And this, too, shall pass", and so it will.
    I love your clip art (I wish I was that creative) and am going to print it out, frame it with a powerful saying, put it by my desk, and when I look at it think about caring people I know who go out of their way to make others feel better. Thank you for being part of my teacher family!

    1. It's a pleasure to be a part of your caring and inspiring world, Jannike - your students will be lucky to have you this year as you do battle! I'm glad you take comfort from knowing we are thinking of you :-)

  2. Just found you through Five for Friday and I am your newest follower. I hope you get the clip art issue fixed.
    Paula from Paula’s Place and iSURF Maths

    1. Thank you, Paula and a pleasure to welcome you to the palace! I will be popping over to your place now :-)