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Yesterday was really good. It was the annual SENCO conference and we (Sheila and I) couldn't make our local one so we pootled up to just past Colchester. It was so easy to find, unlike the Teacher's centre IN Colchester, which is absolutely dire! Three nasty roundabouts and if you take the wrong turning you're lost - well, I am anyway!
The sounds system was good, the huge room was reasonable comfortable, nice lunch and some great content, especially in the afternoon. I wasn't sure about the morning speaker: he was from a working group that produced an important document regarding the use of TAs and I felt he had an agenda to work towards. Judging by the slightly edgy atmosphere in the room and the questions asked (which he didn't really answer), so did a number of others. And he wasn't funny! Most 'keynote' speakers at teachers' conferences lace their points with humour. he didn't. It was all deadly serious and the discussion points were definitely loaded at times. However, being teachers, we saw through this and discussed to our own agenda anyway! Far more helpful and useful.
The afternoon was much better. A talk on heuristic scaffolding and very, very practical and useful with lots of things to take back to school. Just what the doctor ordered!
And then it was back to school to prepare for today and then off to the Hare for a pleasant meal with some friends. Once back home I crashed out very quickly and have had a wonderful night's sleep. I'm definitely sleeping better now I've just about cut out the caffeine.
And today? PPA, Big Write, writing the pupil part of the school reports and library time. After school, an important meeting which gets me out of staff meeting. And, I guess, another early night! What with getting things ready for sports day as well it's going to be a busy day!
Have a good 'un!