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The LM/Teachers Story http://www.theteachersstory.co.uk this is a blog about me becoming a learning mentor and maybe a teacher in the future. im here to blog and share stuff along the way and beyond Thu, 01 Jan 2015 00:39:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.4 Nurture 14/15 http://www.theteachersstory.co.uk/blog/2015/01/01/nurture-1415/ http://www.theteachersstory.co.uk/blog/2015/01/01/nurture-1415/#comments Thu, 01 Jan 2015 00:26:38 +0000 http://www.theteachersstory.co.uk/?p=158 Continue reading ]]> Hello all.

Its time of year again where we all bloggers post our nurture 14/15 blogs post. Here is mine.

What a great year i have had i have had one amazing year yes there has been downs but i pefer to focus on the positives so here we go

Review of the year

1 Glasgow 2014 – Well i cant start this without mentioning this in 1st Place and its Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. As many of you know i was part of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games! – I was a closing ceremony performer!! and what an amazing experience it was im so grateful to lots of people which some are mentioned more below.. But in the new year look out for a new blog post/posts about my experience

2 – Staying in Scotland – 2nd has to be staying in Scotland with Susie when i was part of Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. she is an amazing woman and very nice for taken me in without meeting before. If it wasn’t for i wouldn’t of been able to take part in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony!

3 – Friends – I have made some great new friends mainy from being part of Glasgow 2014 and also alot of new twitter and facebook friends and i thank you all ūüôā

4 – Twitter – i am pleased this year i have got an even bigger following on Twitter now from this year.

5 – Autism Facebook Group – This group has been a great help towards the end of this year and made some friends who totally understand.

6 – Mum – Me and mum have improved our friendship again and i now put a side what goes on between my parents and just try and let them get on with it

7 – Growing Up – i have grown up this year in many ways and mum even commented on it in relation to the above.



My plans for 2015  РI want to achieve even more this year this may sounds odd but you just watch me prove people wrong!

1 – Get a job – i really need and want a job and in 2015 this is going to be my target!

2 РStart a relationship/family- i know it may odd at my young age of 22 but i feel sometime this year i would like to work towards it. The first thing  to do is find that special someone.

3 – Help Around The House More – If im honest dad has done alot of me and so i would like to help him back where he would like me too.

4 – Blog More – Just take a look at this blog! its so empty and so i would like to start blogging a alot more.

5 – Get SENChat even bigger – Simple isnt it i would like to make it even bigger than it already is and i have plans in place to do that.


Thanks for reading
Tom ūüôā x



Note – This will be added to over the next couple of days or so ūüôā

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Football Grounds I Have Visted http://www.theteachersstory.co.uk/blog/2014/02/17/football-grounds-i-have-been-visted/ http://www.theteachersstory.co.uk/blog/2014/02/17/football-grounds-i-have-been-visted/#comments Mon, 17 Feb 2014 04:16:43 +0000 http://www.theteachersstory.co.uk/?p=128 Continue reading ]]> Hello all

As many of you know I am a big football fan!¬† I support Manchester United and locally Histon. I have decided¬†to make a list of all the football ground I have been too. so here we are..¬†– Football Grounds I have been too – Thought I may aswell post this on here and I would like others to list how many grounds they have been to if you can. I have been too quite a few I wont say what I thought of them as it will go on for a while but I have listed a few facts and thoughts. Here is the list but anyway I have sorted them into leagues although most of them were in histons league which was then the conference. it shows quite amazing how things change for the good and for the bad like histon ūüôĀ

1 – Manchester United
2 Chelsea РWhen I was very little Рmy dad is spurs fan lol and we went in the Chelsea end. rolleyes.
3 Wembley – Tour

Football League
4 Peterborough
5 Burton Albion
6 Stevenage
7 Ipswich Training Centre
8 Crawley
9 Oxford Utd
10 York
11 Mansfield
12 Torquay

Conference/Top of the Non League before you go into the football league!
13 Cambridge United – Boo x5 at least
14 Salisbury
15 Kidderminster
16 Woking

Conference North & South Below The Conference
17 Histon – Over 150 Times at least because I am fan of them as you know
18 Ebbsfleet – x2
19 Chelmsford City
20 Farnborough – When Histon got promoted

Calor League Below the Conference North/South
21 St Albans City
22 Cambridge City x lots times when I was younger as my dad was fan of them but I wanted to support histon as I wanted to make my own choice

Ryman League And Lower
23 Lewes
24 Grays Athletic – I think so
25 Needham Market – football trial
26 Cambridge Regional College – Who play at Cambridge United
27 Woodbridge Town
28 Northwich Victoria – considering they were in histon,s league when I visited them they had a amazing ground – with river you can to the ground by and VIP areas inside where you could watch the game and a great bar for before and after the game

No Longer Clubs
29 Rushden and Diamonds FC -The club were expelled from the Conference National on 11 June 2011. This decision was made due to their unstable financial position, meaning they could not guarantee being able to complete all their fixtures in the 2011‚Äď12 season. The club faced a winding up petition on behalf of HMRC in the week commencing 13 June 2011, with reported debts of ¬£750,000. A subsequent move to enter the Southern Football League was unsuccessful. The club entered administration on 7 July 2011.

Here are some photos ūüôā Please look at the info for photos for information about them ūüôā Have Fun! ūüôā

Me At Mancester United

This is me at Manchester United at play off final game ūüôā

Football Trial

This was me at a Football Trial ūüôā



Here is Me and Rachel at Wembley when we were younger

Here is Me and Rachel at Wembley when we were younger


This was on a histon away trip :) at burton fc

This was on a histon away trip ūüôā at burton fc


This was histon away at Torquay for a play off simi final and as you can see the TV were their :)

This was histon away at Torquay for a play off simi final and as you can see the TV were their ūüôā


This is another photo that I took when histon were away at Torquay on a play off simi final - with the players warming up

This is another photo that I took when histon were away at Torquay on a play off simi final – with the players warming up


This is why I like the non league so much you get to know the players quite and this player had just played in his Testimonial for histon

This is why I like the non league so much you get to know the players quite and this player had just played in his Testimonial for histon


This is Histon FC Ground Part 1 - the team I support :) in this photo they were playing west brom from the premiership in a pre season match

This is Histon FC Ground – the team I support ūüôā In this photo you can see what the pitch is like and in this photo they were playing west brom from the premiership in a pre season match


This is another photo of Histon FC ground but this time more of the stands :)

This is another photo of Histon FC ground but this time more of the stands ūüôā


This was the manager of West Brom lol I think I have forgotten his name but this was taken when Histon Vs West Brom in a pre season friendly

This was the manager of West Brom lol I think I have forgotten his name but this was taken when Histon Vs West Brom in a pre season friendly


This photo was the game I went between Peterborough Vs Tottenham (Spurs) Part 1 - My dad is a Tottenham fan and has been all his life so he wanted to go and I wanted to go too - you can see the Peterborough players in that photo

This photo was the game I went between Peterborough Vs Tottenham (Spurs) Part 1 – My dad is a Tottenham fan and has been all his life so he wanted to go and I wanted to go too – you can see the Peterborough players in that photo


This is Part 2 photo from Peterborough Vs Tottenham (Spurs) - You can see the Peterborough players warming up :)

This is Part 2 photo from Peterborough Vs Tottenham (Spurs) – You can see the Peterborough players warming up ūüôā


This is  the Part 3 photo from Peterborough Vs Spurs - You can see a lot of Peterborough players in this photo but also Tottenham players too including Jermain Defore. I wonder if you can spot him.

This is the Part 3 photo from Peterborough Vs Spurs – You can see a lot of Peterborough players in this photo but also Tottenham players too including Jermain Defore. I wonder if you can spot him.


This was me and Histons GK (Goalkeeper) Danny Naisbitt. Lol I don't wear trousers like that anymore although was a while ago same applies to the next photo similar to it

This was me and Histons GK (Goalkeeper) Danny Naisbitt. Lol I don’t wear trousers like that anymore although was a while ago same applies to the next photo similar to it


This is me with Erick Cantona (I think) will have to check - ex Man United player :)

This is me with Erick Cantona (I think) will have to check – ex Man United player ūüôā which was taken at a Histon football testimonial


 This is  Me and Darren Ferguson (Peterborough FC Manager) and is the Son of Sir Alex Ferguson!!. This was taken at a Histon football testimonial.

This is Me and Darren Ferguson (Peterborough FC Manager) and is the Son of Sir Alex Ferguson!!. This was taken at a Histon football testimonial.


This is like the last photo above but its my dad and Darren Ferguson (Peterborough FC Manager) and is the son of Sir Alex Ferguson :)

This is like the last photo above but its my dad and Darren Ferguson (Peterborough FC Manager) and is the son of Sir Alex Ferguson!! ūüôā and it was taken a Histon football testimonial ūüôā


Playing Football For School - btw I look a bit fat because I have another top under the football top - I know this unrelated to going to football grounds etc but I wanted to share this

Playing Football For School – btw I look a bit fat because I have another top under the football top – I know this unrelated to going to football grounds etc but I wanted to share this


This is Me and Roy Keane who is a (ex Manchester United Player) and now manager :)!!

This is Me and Roy Keane who is a (ex Manchester United Player) and now manager :)!!

That’s it I hope you have enjoyed reading this – it took 3 hours to write due to (photo cropping)! so I could get the photo on to this site but it was worth it ūüôā Please remember I would like to find out what football ground you have been too – please comment with yours if you like ūüôā

Tom ūüôā



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Panorama (I want my baby back) http://www.theteachersstory.co.uk/blog/2014/01/13/panorama-i-want-my-baby-back/ http://www.theteachersstory.co.uk/blog/2014/01/13/panorama-i-want-my-baby-back/#respond Mon, 13 Jan 2014 23:53:26 +0000 http://www.theteachersstory.co.uk/?p=109 Continue reading ]]> Hello all

This is a blog post about the panorama programme that was on¬†tonight. Called I want my baby back.¬†and I haven’t watched it but¬†I will watch it tomorrow and share my thoughts after watching it but these are my thoughts before watching it.

I haven’t watched¬†the¬†panorama programme about (I want my baby back) yet¬†but i¬†will watch it tomorrow. I think its wrong when they get taken away for the wrong reasons and that’s disgraceful. but also because generally in life we most of the time hear all about the bad things on TV that people don’t realise that lots do get taken away because of abuse or concerns etc. its certainly a job I don’t think I would want to do because 1 if you don’t make a choice to take the child away and something happened you would be to blame and for also if they do it the other way around its the same really expect you would to be blame for¬†that – the child shouldn’t of been taken away and so on.. if you get my point?

I think from seeing other peoples¬†post about similar things saying like SS (Social Services ¬†and doctors etc aren’t always right and the idea others and you want is that¬† – People to be always alright and I think that would be great if we could live in a world where we are always right to stop mistakes happening in like SS (Social Services) but¬†sadly that isn’t every going to happen and none of us are always right. and I suppose if life was like¬†that¬† based on views then life would be boring.
If you haven’t watched the programme or even if you have please share with me in the comment section¬†how can we get things right in SS (Social Services)?. All I ask is that you don’t give the programme too much away for¬†those that haven’t watched it.
Thanks for reading
Tom ūüôā
Twitter @DJTom3
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#Nurture1314 http://www.theteachersstory.co.uk/blog/2013/12/31/nurture1314/ http://www.theteachersstory.co.uk/blog/2013/12/31/nurture1314/#respond Tue, 31 Dec 2013 23:37:58 +0000 http://www.theteachersstory.co.uk/?p=103 Continue reading ]]> Hello all its that time of year again where its only a¬†few days or for me a few hours until the new year and once again¬†here I am doing my blog post for this year its – Nurture1314. For those you don’t know about the Nurture Blogposts it all started last year 2012 at the end of the year I cant¬†remember¬†wholes idea it was the concept is¬†that you right/blog post about so many things from that year¬†in the case of 2012 – 12 positive or so not positive things that happened and then 13 things for 2013¬†for hopes for the next year so in the Nurture13/14 case im going to write/mention 13 positive or not so positive things that has happened the past year and then 14 hopes for 2014.

Well where do I start…….Here I go ūüôā

13 Positive/Not So Positive Things That Happened The Past Year

1 РWell the year started on a not so positive start as many of my Twitter/Facebook and Face to Face Friends will know that my parents sadly spit up which was a real shame and I do still blame myself for it as helped my mum find this certain person old school friend back in her day about 20 or years ago on Facebook and we found him, Although I never expected it was going to be more than friends but I soon worked it out that she was cheating. However on a positive note things have improved oddly since she left I now get on with much better and also closer to my dad and I think me and my sister are even more closer which I will mention more later anyway back to the parents spit. at first I was quite upset about it and felt really down but I have now come to the conculissian that I am glad to see her not depressed  any more like we found she was and that she is now happy again and all that matters really is that she is happy we only live one we may aswell within reason make the most of it.

2 –¬†on a positive note of course¬†Oscar our dog is now amazingly 1 years old now and is so funny. In a way its interesting how he picks you up when you feel down he will go to Rachel a lot his (main career)¬†¬†when she is down sometimes and also will come to me for hugs when I am down every so often. Its also interesting when we take Oscar for walks how makes a child’s day you can so tell when they smile and come see him and once he stopped a toddler crying. it must be a dog thing that I would like to find out more about its quite amazing really

3 – This is somewhat positive and not. GCSEs – As many of you who know me well will know I¬†started doing¬†GCSE English in September and it all started very well and we started reading¬†OF Mice And Men Book. But around November/December I had health proberms relation to my¬†teeth see more below but due to the proberms mainy from that I got behind with my GCSE English work and was recommend to restart the GCSE English course next September which will be September 2014¬†. –

4 – Not so positive – Teeth: as mentioned above I have had some health proberms relating to my teeth they looked quite awful¬†and¬†they were in so much pain I went into hospital for an¬†urgent booked appointment to have¬†them seen and have work on them infact the dentist there said they¬†had not seen so bad teeth¬† in a 20 year¬†old before, what¬†was mainly wrong was that there was a infection¬† on one¬†my front¬†teeth¬†that had a hole in between another front tooth and if I had left it which I wasn’t going to¬†do I the infection could of spread to other areas of my body and I may of died! ¬†its probably time to explain¬†why they were like¬†that.. well¬†since I have been young I have hated brushing my teeth and never kept up with¬†it so much as I should of done as I grew older¬†I just never brushed my teeth¬†apart from every once in a while prior to this problem I hadn’t done my teeth for¬†about a year at least! so you could probably image¬† how¬†bad¬†they were..¬†¬†anyway¬†¬† I have now had some work on them and there Is more to go but I am now committed to doing my teeth and i¬†do them every day now and im glad I am now getting them sorted. I hope I haven’t scared you too much with all that ūüôā

5 – Not so Positive – Just about 1 month or so before my mum cheated and my parents spit. My sister came out to us all and told us that she had been self harming. I remember when she came out she broke down and it made me very sad as we are very close, although I knew something was up no one did listen to me which was a shame. She doesn’t know why she started it but anyway she went for some CBT and is now on some depressing¬†Medicine. And has now stopped self harm. The reason I wanted to¬†share this¬†you all though is that she said the CBT didn’t help¬†but the depressing¬†Medicine¬†does to some extent but one evening she said to me: You¬†know what you saved my life and I cant thank you enough.¬†Infact she even said i would be a great School Counsellor/Children’s¬†Counseller or Learning Mentor¬†which i am very much already interested in but i will go on to that below in another¬†this positive thing.¬†¬†I had been supporting her showing that she could get better and believing in her and it was mainly all down to that. that has helped. I got quite¬†emotional¬†¬†when she said that which bring me onto a another thing below.

6 – Quite a positive thing –¬† Getting a certain job – After all that happened with Rachel I am now very interested even¬†more so in Teaching but¬†before I teach I would like¬†to work in a family support¬†role¬†¬†as many of you know I would like to become a learning mentor and that fits that bill¬†but also I am looking at other roles like Family Support Worker or Home School Worker¬†etc I feel my experience with helping Rachel in a way has helped me¬†that I would like to do that role very much more and¬†has got me right into it and if I can do what I did and helped like I did with Rachel and then I will making a difference.

7¬†– Very¬†Positive –¬†SENChat –¬†As Many of you know 2013 this year has been a great year for me in terms projects wise. In¬†July time about 8 months ago! I setup #SENChat and what a great idea it¬†was.¬†For those you don’t know¬†#SENChat¬†is a weekly chat on Twitter about everything to do with special needs! we have our chats every¬†Tuesday from 8pm to 9pm and so far its been a great experience and it has been taken up very well I¬†was worried a bit when I set up #SENChat as the day¬†after we launched TES came along with their¬†own which I was if I am honest a little annoyed¬†as¬†it felt like they had copied my¬†idea and as they have a stronger following as they are a¬†leading¬†education newspaper¬†they could of¬†stopped mine from running if I hadn’t got any interest in mine. But after a couple of¬†messages to¬†one another we agreed that we wouldn’t promote each others and would¬†our own ones on a different¬†time and day so we wouldn’t make people confused! And so far its gone very well and we are starting up again after Christmas And New Year.¬†and¬†#SENChat has been going for 8 months now! which is totally amazing and i have more plans for it for 2014 so watch out! ūüôā

8 – Another Positive Thing – About 1 month ago now i had the great chance of joining the 5SC Word Challenge Team which has been great and i am looking forward to commenting on more of the children’s blog posts after the Christmas and New Year break. Thanks to @TheHeadsOffice for allowing me to join the team ūüôā Which now leads me onto another thing!

9 – Positive – Twitter: Twitter has been great over the past year i cant believe i have now been on it for 3 years or so now since 2009 when i was around 16/17 although i followed anyone then i¬†started using propery it about 2 years so and i cant believe that has been so long. I love all my twitter friends¬†lots of them pick me up when¬†i am down aswell as Facebook friends but i use twitter more as my teacher/education network but just tweeting about¬†general life at¬†the same time. i¬†am hoping to meet a few twitter friends¬†in 2014! so here’s to that!

10 – Another Positive thing! – My Health! – Has improved over the past year although part of has got worse i do general feel more happier in my self which is good which i will mention on my last positive note.

11 – Positive again! – School Governor – A tiny of you may know this but¬†some of you¬†wont as I¬†didn’t tell¬†many people but I applied to become a school governor¬†at¬†the start of¬†the year in¬†2013¬†and the LA that I applied to didn’t really get back. I applied again with SGOSS and funny enough my application few them¬†went to the same LA i applied directly with which i didn’t know would happen ūüėõ¬†anyway they found. a school vacancy for me and passed my details on to this school. Update – although it look them a while to get in touch they now have and I am on the final stages of becoming a school governor ūüôā

12 – Another¬†Positive Thing –¬†My Future Plans – How¬†the year has gone and the things and life experiences it has¬†thrown at me and has funny enough helped me with my plans for¬†the future which you will see more soon but i am very interested in teaching even more¬†and from my experiences and mainly ¬†Rachel experiences with¬†her health¬†proberms etc. I am interested in doing a family support type role even more than I did and I would like be in a family support role before hopefully going into teaching!¬† to help with all that I have also started a child care course and i have only just started it and its going well ūüôā

13 – The Best Positive Overall –¬† Of course i cant forgot back in July time¬†as many of you know –¬† I asked someone out and they said yes and o¬†which bring me to my wonderful Girlfriend Claire – who has been totally amazing and very supportive few the year¬†since i have been with her and has been there for me when i have been down..¬†She has made so much¬†more happier and i cant thank her enough. here is a photo of us together ūüôā

Me and My lovey wonderful Girlfriend Claire - For you Claire xxx

Me and My lovey wonderful Girlfriend Claire – For you Claire xxx


That’s the end of 13 Positive or not Positive things that happened in 2013!


Right onto 14 hopes for 2014

1 – For Rachel to keep improving with her proberms as she means the world to me as she knows.

2 – To keep up with my work on my teeth proberms

3 – I would also like start sorting my health proberms as some of you know i have OCD. i would quite like to be sorted so it don’t stress me out so much. and other general health proberms are similar to that. Its going to be hard but bring it on.

4 – To started reading more. I have read more this year but i would like to read a lot a lot more than I do as I have some amazing books that i got for my 21st birthday which come to think of was another positive thing that happened in 2013.

5 – To carry on with my Childcare course and to complete and pass it which will help with my future plans.

6 РTo get ready for my GCSE English again for September 2014. One way I can do that is like I have mentioned above and that is to read more. Also im going to buy some lower level English Course Book aswell as course books on GCSE English to get my ready to restart the GCSE English course for like i said above September 2014!

7 – To learn to say No! more and stop letting others from letting me do my work when they come and detracked me like they been while doing this big long blog post!

8 – To check my spelling more mainy on Twitter as it really annoys me when i don’t do it right then again its only twitter probably that something i would like to do because of my OCD. we will see anyway!

9 – To become a school governor with¬†one or the other LA¬†also that school¬† doesn’t to get back – i would still¬†like to be a school governor¬†maybe due to the fact¬†they are¬†in SM is why they have¬†been taken so long to¬†get in touch and maybe if I join them¬†as a school governor i can sort them out and help¬†make a difference!
10 РI would like to get into politics more. i have got into it more this year and i just about currently am a supporter of labour. I would like to become a labour member which i will promise to get sorted! I want Gove out of education and i would like to see him lose his job!

11- Never the less¬†i do like Free Schools are¬†one of Gove’s ideas. Many of¬†my friends though don’t like them¬†but¬†i do and i would like to¬†visit some¬†for a plan¬†for the future..

12 – ¬†Carry on developing #SENChat and start my what is special needs project traveling to schools. doing disability awareness lesson and¬†getting the¬†schools and people generally to sign the billboard of what is special needs. If you would like more please do get in touch ūüôā

13 Work towards my future plans mentioned above but i will do a blog post more in the future about but try get some work experience or a job that is similar or related so I can work towards me getting a job in a family support role.. and working towards becoming a primary school teacher

14 –¬†And of course last of all but the best¬†keep my¬†¬†relationship going with and Claire and general hoping we can start chatting more and seeing one another as i love her to bits ūüôā


That’s it. I hope enjoyed reading all that. it took 3 hours or so to write so i hope you enjoyed reading my #Nurture1314 blog post and please do get in touch if you want to Twitter is @DJTom ūüôā

Thanks For Reading
Tom ūüôā

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Photo Project Day 2 http://www.theteachersstory.co.uk/blog/2013/01/03/photo-project-day-2/ http://www.theteachersstory.co.uk/blog/2013/01/03/photo-project-day-2/#respond Thu, 03 Jan 2013 04:30:51 +0000 http://www.theteachersstory.co.uk/?p=84 Continue reading ]]> Hi again we are now on day 2.


Photo Project 365
Day 2 – Xbox Kinect

РPhoto wont upload becasue of size please be with me while i try and sort it.  mean time you can view it on my twitter @DJTom3 or facebook at Thomas Norman


30 Day Photo Challenge
Day 2 – Something that makes you smile.




infomation for the photo coming soon

Well there are a lot of things that I could pick that makes smile there is my laptop I know its funny but hey there you go, theres my family which is my mum and dad and my si…ster who is amazing, but I picked for something which makes me smile is sweep our cat and he is lovely and is quite remakeable really as he was dumped on the A14 in cambs which is a moterway type road along with 4 other kittens in a box and lucky they were found although I think one died the others were taken to wood green and 8 years ago we went to wood green to pick a cat and we chose one them and it was boy¬† and we called him sweep and here he is. He was also been few quite a lot as he had 2 injury‚Äôs the first one we think it was a car but it could have been anything as he used to expore a lot and go in the wood and fields which was wasn‚Äôt far from our old house and the 2nd was when¬† he was out again too and we not sure what happened to him then but now he is quite scared of car and very much of lorrys . weirdly enough he loves getting boxes still now you would of thought he would hate them as we was dumped in one but maybe he remember all his brothers and sisters when he sees one and wants to get in it. Here is sweep now in the photo above he is now nearly 8 and half and this what he always does when we get his food out for him isn‚Äôt it cute ūüôā That‚Äôs the remakeable¬† story of our cat



Photo Self Portait Project
Day 2

and guess what this one wont uplad too ūüôĀ¬† anyone else have photo sizes proberm on wordpress like this? – ¬†mean time you can view on my twitter @DJTom3 or facebook at Thomas Norman


sorry everyone hope i can get this sorted. if you have had this proberm before let me know as i would like to know how to sort it.






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Photo Projects Day 1 http://www.theteachersstory.co.uk/blog/2013/01/02/photo-projects-day-1/ http://www.theteachersstory.co.uk/blog/2013/01/02/photo-projects-day-1/#respond Wed, 02 Jan 2013 01:23:10 +0000 http://www.theteachersstory.co.uk/?p=77 Continue reading ]]> Welcome to my first post of 2013. this year im going to be doing a few photo projects infact im doing 3. im doing 365 photo project which i will share my photo on here in a blog post and also i will be shareing them on shuttercal. my link to my profile is here – http://www.shuttercal.com/calendar/DJTom3/

also i will be doing 30 day photo challenge all the infomation is here if you want to join in – http://natty08.wordpress.com/2013/01/01/30-day-photo-challenge/22729173089065600_niznwr7m_c/

also the 3rd one im doing is a photo self protrait of me every day for the whole year. it should be interesting to see how i change over the year lol. anyway here it goes.


Photo Project 365
Day 1 РOscar And Rachel

Oscar our puppy who is now 4 months old doesnt time go fast and rachel my sister.


30 Day Photo Challenge.
Day 1 – Self Portait



Photo Self Portait Project
Day 1.



Thanks for reading/looking. i would love to hear your comments on the photo projects or photos so are welcome to comment.



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#Nurture1213 http://www.theteachersstory.co.uk/blog/2012/12/31/nurture1213/ http://www.theteachersstory.co.uk/blog/2012/12/31/nurture1213/#comments Mon, 31 Dec 2012 23:25:39 +0000 http://www.theteachersstory.co.uk/?p=65 Continue reading ]]> Well here it is its the end of year of 2012 and what year it has been in genaral and in my family too. i have seen many other doing blog post idea of 12 highlights of 2012 and 13 hopes for 2013 so here it goes

12 Highlights of 2012


1 – Moving House: my family moved house this year from bar hill which i think we had out grown as we were there all our childhood and we moved to huntingdon which may has a bit more crime but in genareal i think the area i live in is very nice here is a photo of our old house that we moved from¬† –

Our old house

Our old house

2 – I made a blog which i have always wanted to do and thanks to Ian addision twitter name is – @ianaddison that all become possible with this help your reading this blog post and hopefully this blog will stay with me for many years.


3 London 2012 Olympics: it was an amazing year in sport and lucky here in the UK we had the olympics come for the 3rd time and it great we went to 2 events horse equestion and tennis where andy murrey won his olympic gold and we went to another event to do with london 2012 but i will mention that as another highlight.


Olympics + Others 060 Olympics Ring To Remind Us Of London 2012



iphone pictures 119 РLondon 2012 Olympics Touch

Olympics + Others 118 РLondon 2012 Olympics House Equestion

Olympics Tennis 114 London 2012 Olympics РAndy Murrey Olympic Gold Winner РTennis


4 Parolympics Closing Ceremony – Now you may be wondering why i havent just called it Parolympics but i havent done that becasue my family and i went to the parolympics closing ceremony and it was amazing i will never forgot and i know if my granmda was still live she would loved have seen the olympics on TV or even gone to them. anyway neverless it was truly amazing and a bonus was that i met a friend from a course i did with OU at the parolympics closing ceremony only just a few seats down from us.



5 Twitter – i made some great frends on twitter this year and they been great a few of them are @mobo40 @cherrylkd – they are just a few but there are many more but my network on twitter has grown quite alot and thank you to everyone who have had great tallks with on twitter.


6 Getting a job: well sort of anyway as i was offered to do voluntary at a primary school sadly becasue of health issus im hopefully starting in 2013 but that is defo one of my highlights of 2012 as its the start of my career.


7 Getting a Puppy: – we got a puppy at the start of december ish time and he has been great he is called Oscar and he certinly is a character and full of energy its a bit like having a baby apprently my mum says here is a photo of Oscar. DSCF1888

i have now run out of other highlights of this year which is a shame but i have my best and i think just leave at this although i may come back to this a in a few days when i come up with so more if not i my add just photo for the remaiming highlights.


see if i can do better with this

My 13 Hopes For 2013


1 – Get My Health Better – i think that is one of my biggest hopes for 2013 and what i mean by that is get my axitcly sort and if i can do that i think i will feel better in my self in genreal i already have brought a book to read called Happy Adults by cathy glass and i have another book coming too hopefully.


2 Start Voluntary – that is another big hope for 2013 and if i can start to improve in my axitcy hopefully in januray i can start working at the primary school i have mentioned as as a learning mentor and although you will be helping children proberms i think i will do at it as some in a way might relate to me.


3 Start Working – i would also like to start working next year and try to get some money for myself as i dont have much money at the money that is something that i really like to get sorted next year even on a saturday would do as i would hope to still do my voluntary.


4 Photographer – i would like to improve in photography next year and there is someone down our road who does photography as a job so i might do some work experience with him and also just more work in photography and i mean by that by improve as i feel my photographer this year been up and down and i hope to get some lighting and make a studio weather that happens or not is another thing.


5 Read More – this is my new year relevtions and its to read more as you can see, i havent that many books this year but i would defo like to read lots of books next year and seeing as i got lots of books for christmas that will be a start one the books i got i will add a photo of in the next few days.


6 365 Project – going back to photography for a hope i would like to complate a 365 project next year i did one last year in the middie of it and did ok up untill when the olympics were as there was lot of watching tv etc i missed a few days but next year im determind to do it.


7 Move Out Рas you may of read above i dont have much money although i have gramdma she gave me i could use i could move out and depending what my money is like at the middie stage of next year will depand if i can move out or not maybe with a friend but i would be looking to renting i guess we will see if that happens.


8 Eduction: now on to the edction stuff i would like michael gove to wake and the goverment and relise what they doing they make teachers look like they cant do there jobs but in fact there bloody well can i highy delt micheal gove would do very well if was a teacher and in honestly i hope he leaves most people are fed up of him he had his chance i think its time for someone else to step in who that person would be im not sure comment and let me know.


9 Dyslexia Training Рi would like all uni doing teacher training to have dyslexia training in there courses i think its one of those things that is hard to spot with out knowing the signs so i think it would new teachers in to the teaching world to know how to spot it and know how to help the children with it. there many things that i think teachers need training in to do with SEN at there unis but i think that would be a start i did question on twitter a few weeks for a friend nearly everyone but 1 said yes to dyslexia training at unis.  i would love to hear your thoughts.


10 College – i would like to start going to college as some of you know i was supposed to start a pre acces course last september but they changed there mind for some reason and they took my place away as they changed there mind about it which i dont think was fair but anyhow i hope to start college anyway.


11 courses Рi would also like to do some courses as in distance learning ones and i would like to start a TA Level one course so hopefully next september i can go my OU course called supporting learning in a primary school which is Level 4 but apprently it is ok to jump too,


12 Fairer Uni Fees – i feel stonly about this i think the uni fees shouldnt of gone up and in fact should of gone down i cant see happening but i will mention it anyway


13 РNo More Bad Cuts Рare you listening goverment i would lik  you not to make more bad cuts in areas that are important like in eduction for example


Thats it i have done it they are my 13 hopes for 2013 i would you enjoyed readed them i would love to hear what you think. Tom – oct 1 2012 219

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Ukedchat The Aftermouth http://www.theteachersstory.co.uk/blog/2012/10/30/ukedchat-the-aftermouth/ http://www.theteachersstory.co.uk/blog/2012/10/30/ukedchat-the-aftermouth/#comments Tue, 30 Oct 2012 16:41:48 +0000 http://www.theteachersstory.co.uk/?p=56 Continue reading ]]> On October the 18 on thrusday evening at 8pm when most people are having there dinner or watching tv I was on twitter with amgoust many others as normal on a thursday night as its ukedchat night.

Ukedchat is a weekly chat on twitter where all eductors are welcome to join and lots of them to chat about a topic that they voted for during the week and on the 18th which is now around 2 weeks ago i hosted it for the first time.

I put up the topics up during the week and here im going to explain my top 3 and why i chose them

1 was called – Learning Mentors – should every school have a learning mentor and would you employ one if funding came back?

I chose this topic as felt it was important topic to talk about i think if possible all primary and secondary school should have one but in 2004 I belive the funding was taking away and only some schools have them now, some schools may not need them and as funding is also not there some go without and i guess some are ok to do that as not all the schools may not have all proberms that learning mentors deal with but i also do think there some that may need one in that the proberms and so I wanted to see what ukedchat community thought and i had planned to quite in depth too to talk about other issus around them.


2 My next best topic was – M.E ‚Äď What would you do if you had a child in your class with M.E and how would you support them etc

I chose this topic to chat about becasue as many of know you follow me on twitter that my sister has M.E and its something that is definly undercovered in the media and many GPs and some people still think its fake and ii wanted the raise awareness of it as lots of children have it and some schools arent very good at supporting and understanding it my sister was fed up at her old school and they never seemed to understand lucky we moved to huntingdon where my family lives now and she goes to a different school now they have been really good so i wanted to see what ukedchat community thought and how would they a child in there class etc.


3 My final topic im going to explain about is –¬†SEN ‚Äď what can we do to help children to ¬†get on at schools with autism etc

I chose this topic as autism is quite stong thing to me as i have spiceil needs and i wanted to genreal learn more about it and see what ukedchat community thought of it like which things they use in the classroom to help the children in the class with autism


The topic that won in the vote was number 3 (SEN ‚Äď what can we do to help children to ¬†get on at schools with autism etc) so that evening before it i got all my questions ready soon by i know it had started and it started of very feel and it was very to keep up with everything and if i could give a tip to someone who was hosting for the first time i would say dont get sidetracked overall i felt it went very there were some sad stories shared and some great idea to use in the classroom with children with autism and some good videos to learn more about it

i did a summrary for ukedchat and if you would like to read in full what was said here is the link http://ukedchat.com/session-120 the bit is my report than then you get to bottem white bit thats the start of it. some of my report many not make sence to so i do apologise about that

if you any questions about ukedcat or would like to share you view on my best 3 topic or would like to say something about how the ukedchat went then please do comment i do always appreciate it

Thank you Tom






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Autism Ukedchat Tonight http://www.theteachersstory.co.uk/blog/2012/10/18/autism-ukedchat-tonight/ http://www.theteachersstory.co.uk/blog/2012/10/18/autism-ukedchat-tonight/#respond Thu, 18 Oct 2012 18:43:13 +0000 http://www.theteachersstory.co.uk/?p=50 Continue reading ]]> Hi all as most of you know im hosting tonight ukedchat which the topic is going be  РWhat can we do to help children with autism to get on at school? i hope enjoy tonights chat and i hope we can all take something from tonight. for those that dont much about it. ukedchat is a chat every thursday night with all people to do with teaching and what happens is that everyone chats about a topic. it normaly starts at 8pm which is tonight so join me tonight using the harshtag #ukedchat and you can follow me on twitter to keep up with what im saying as im hosting.

Thanks Tom


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Voluntary http://www.theteachersstory.co.uk/blog/2012/08/04/voluntary/ http://www.theteachersstory.co.uk/blog/2012/08/04/voluntary/#comments Sat, 04 Aug 2012 09:10:44 +0000 http://www.theteachersstory.co.uk/?p=29 Continue reading ]]> Hello I’m sure many people will know from my facebook and twitter account that¬†I have now got voluntary but¬†I thought¬†I would post about it here

The Voluntary

I¬†e-mailed the first school¬†I had on my list since making this blog and they got back to me and they offered voluntary Yay!. Some information about¬† the voluntary is that it is at a school in peterborough and¬†I will be a volunteer¬†learning mentor for 1 week and then after that the school will looking to see if they can offer me something longer which I’m hoping they will be able to for a year to get me the experience to then go on to a part time or full time job as a learning mentor

The Question

now¬†I do a have a question about it and thought it would be perfect to post it here, does anyone know what they will allow me and not allow me to do as volunteer learning mentor for a week and¬†also¬†they haven’t asked for a CRB too so take that in mind and you can answer that question in comments if you want

Thanks for reading and if you have subscribe to this blog and new post comes up in your e-mail box let me know as I’m not sure if its working.


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