Monday, 27 July 2015

Global Classroom Link-up

Hey you lovely people! 
If you've already joined Global Glitter Tribe then a massive 'HELLO' and if you haven't then what are you waiting for???? 
Click here to find out more about us and how to join. 

So… today is the day!!! 
Sign-ups for Global Classroom Link-up are now open.

This link-up is for those of us wanting to make a link with classrooms in other countries in a virtual 'pen-pal' type of way. If you would like to get to know a class in another country or culture through the power of the internet then this link-up is for you. All you need is the ability to Skype, Google Hangout or another such web based program and the commitment to virtually hang-out with your partner's class once per month. 

Sign-ups will be open until 12pm GMT/ 7am EST Friday.
 Once you have signed up and provided all of the relevant information then I will email you next Monday (3rd August '15) to let you know who you are paired with and provide you with their contact details. Don't wait for your partner to contact you- be proactive and take the first step. I will let you know if your partner has any holidays or prior arrangements for the coming week which might mean they can't get back to you but if your partner has not provided any information and you still haven't heard back from them by the following Monday (10th August '15) then please contact me before Wednesday 12th and I will try and provide you with another partner. I'm sorry but in reality this may not be possible at this time based on sign- up numbers but don't worry- I will open this link-up again  before the Christmas holidays so that new group members or those of you with failed links can have a chance to take part again. Once I've matched you up you're good to go! 

It will close on Friday 31st July

Spend a bit of time getting to know your new friend, how things work in their school, what topics or themes they may be covering or any specific needs you both have.  
You need to arrange a time and date which suits you both but as we know all too well, school life be crazy so it might be best to set up a back-up date and time too! Have patience with your new friend when it comes to this but also be polite- if you can let your partner know of a change in circumstances before hand then please make sure you do.
I would suggest planning your link-ups together so that they have a purpose and focus. 

Remember you will need to introduce the concept to your class and check that all children have permission to take part in such an activity. Aly over at Just a Primary Girl 'Scoped about permission forms the other day- here's the link to her store

That's it!!! Fly my pretties, fly!!! 
Fingers crossed this is a productive and inspiring process for us all.
If you do encounter any problems then feel free to contact me but my role here is simply to play match- maker so don't hate on me!!! Thanks! 

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Global Glitter Tribe!

Hello friends!!! I am so sorry I have been missing for almost 2 weeks but I'm sure when you read this post then you will understand why!!!!

As well as it having been the run-down to the end of school, over the past couple of weeks I have been OBSESSED with Periscope and I knoooooow I am not alone in this new found time- sucker obsession!!! 
If you are also 'Scope obsessed then you will know all about Ashley Schroeder and Angie Olson's call to FIND YOUR TRIBE and I hope you have been out into the online teacher world and totally found yours!!! 

I've joined First Grade Tribe and My Second Grade TpT Tribe over on Facebook because, being a UK teacher, my teaching expectations and objectives kind of straddle both of these grades but I feel like I'm not only a small fish in the TpT world but I'm kinda a lone fish in both of these tribes. Don't get me wrong, I adore all of the wonderful friends and links I've made through these tribes but I kind of feel I need to make links with other lone fish out there in the global world of teaching. 

So, if, like me, you don't quite fit into a tribe already out there then I have a brand spanking new tribe which might just be perfect for you!!!

Myself and my blogging bestie Myranda over at Keep Calm and Teach 5th Grade met up in London last week and 'Scoped about the launch of our new tribe, you may have caught the rather windswept 'Scope about this! 

Global Glitter Tribe is now live on Facebook (click here) and is just waiting for you to join!
The best thing about our tribe is that you can join wherever you are based in the world and whatever grade/ year you teach. 
Global Glitter Tribe aims to cultivate relationships with teachers from other countries and cultures to develop an understanding of the diversity of education across the globe. 

So if like us you would love to make some global links which could help you to bring a sense of global citizenship into your classroom or simply catch a glimpse of what education and teaching is like in other countries then head over to Global Glitter Tribe on Facebook and join us!

If you have ever wanted international pen-pals for your class without the cost/ hassle/ stress of writing letters the make sure to sign up for our Global Classroom Link-ups here tomorrow (Monday 27th) then you will be paired with another Global Glitter teacher based on time zones and (as far as possible) year groups. All you need to take part is the ability to Skype/ Google Hangout or other suitable web based program and the commitment to link your class up live with your partner's class once per month. 

Global Glitter Tribe would love to have you so don't be afraid to check us out! 

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