We are nearing the end of our festive fiesta of celebration, and our penultimate entry presents a recap on the highlights from the day that inspired this series – #feelgoodfriday. We hope you have enjoyed this series and look forward to one final post on Monday.
Day Eleven – Feel Good Friday
There’s nothing quite like a Friday as I’m sure we all agree. The perfect day to celebrate the successes of the week, reflect on our practice and look ahead to the next week with a spring in our step. If you love Fridays and love learning, please consider whether or not you are a member of our Learning Community.
If so, you will already know about #feelgoodfriday.
If not, you can remedy this immediately by clicking on the following link and pressing the ‘Join’ button:
Here is a recap on some of the many highlights shared by our community of 88 (and growing all the time). A reminder for those of you who have read and contributed all year and a record of what you may have been missing out on!
Credit for the first ever entry must go to Hannah Dytam, whose post inspired first Gemma Whitelock and then Sally Reeve to firmly establish Fridays as our day for celebration:
I wanted to share a very proud moment with you. I’ve struggled with one of my FS maths groups at Newark because 90% of them were very naughty and called themselves the “Retard Group”. The class consists of the E3 construction; sport; hair and electrical students. I took over the group from another tutor in late November and they all had very negative attitudes and were convinced they would never pass (E3 – L2) so weren’t even going to attend the exam nor try in the lesson. Well they sat their retake exam on Wednesday and I don’t have the results yet but they all stayed in the exam for at least an hour, having previously only stayed for 15mins. One student even travelled from Newcastle that morning. In fact, he got the 6am train, (having never got a train before) changed at York (on his own) and then on to Newark in time for his revision session and the exam. I’m hopeful they will pass but at this moment I have never been prouder of them. Paul Staples has played a big part in helping to build their confidence and attitudes and has recently supported them on a one to one basis. I’m obviously very grateful for his recent help with them. Just wanted to share.
The next week was our first official #feelgoodfriday and some fantastic stories were shared by Jacqueline Burr, Gav Knox and Chris Newboult-Robinson who said:
I have a student at Gainsborough who was very challenging when I took the group over. He would refuse to do any work and was frequently difficult in class. We did a refresher session this morning and then moved on to some practical Carpentry and Joinery. This learner was telling the whole group all the names of the tools we would use and then did some peer training with another learner. Massive progress and a very proud moment!
Michelle McGill and Gav Knox’s proud moments in a sporting context:
Sally Reeve from June:
On Wednesday a learner brought me a slice of cake. This may not seem significant to some but it is to this Entry to Education and Employment learner who a few months ago wouldn’t have had the confidence to do this and certainly wouldn’t have looked me in the eyes and told me it was his birthday.
I then went into his class and was blown away by the group who told me all about the Queens speech that was happening that day and other major current affairs.
I came away feeling inspired and proud of what happens in classrooms/learning areas here at Lincoln College. Thank you teacher – you know who you are.
Jeff Masterton from October:
I’m not a Teacher per se but support students as best I can. I have one student that has had a particularly difficult life and who recently experienced a very traumatic event that they are still suffering significantly from. As part of supporting this student I looked at the course they were enrolled on and identified an alternative I believed they would gain more from as well as giving them enjoyment. I went with the student when they met with the LSL who offered them a place on the course. As I walked with them afterwards the student couldn’t stop smiling and made the comment to me: “This is the start of my life”. I know people think I’m a big tough retired Detective but it made my heart melt and I felt very humble to have made a change in their life.
JC’s farewell at Newark College:
Glenn Cowlan with Quizziz:
Paul Staples and Kahoot:
Andy McGill using chalk pens:
Donna Bright’s Christmas celebrations at Newark with her Skills for Independence learners:
And that’s just some of the posts! What a 6 months we’ve had! Thanks for reading, contributing and celebrating in our Learning Community, here’s to many more #feelgoodfridays in 2018!