Sheona Gilmour

Sheona Gilmour

More than 20 years experience working with early years children and young learners in kindergartens, schools and teaching centres. I never stop learning, growing and changing.

Location Barcelona

Activity

  • We’re sad too @sedasarıalioğlu! We are so pleased that you’ve enjoyed the last 6 weeks of learning together. All the best.

  • Thank you @UlianaMetreveli for your kind words. We’re thrilled that you’ve found the course helpful and above all that you feel more confident. All the best.

  • Thanks @ArifeARABACI! It’s you and all the participants that make the course work. The fascinating conversations and sharing of experiences from different contexts in so many countries. All working to help and support young children to thrive and flourish is inspiring. All the best.

  • Thank you @NoemiC for being so active on the course. We’re sad it’s come to an end but so pleased it was useful and has helped you. All the best.

  • Thank you so much @MuratAltun. We're so pleased to hear you enjoyed the course, the experts, format and especially James Nottingham. He is so inspirational. Stay safe and all the best.

  • Thank you Simon for your contribution. You spur us on to change mindsets and get the approach right for the young children in our care.

  • Thanks so much to you too @ZehraAL for being so active and enthusiastic. All the best with your classes.

  • I agree @TeresaB we need to work together and that's why we brought parents and teachers together to get a shared understanding of the roles we play in children's lives. Thank you so much for the lovely feedback. It spurs us on to spread the word. We are thrilled you enjoyed the course and found the resources and materials so useful. We wish you all the very...

  • Thanks @ValerieGiaconi, if that natural curiosity is in letters, reading and writing then that can be encouraged too! Incorporating literacy development into their play e.g. having a menu when playing restaurants, signage when playing with transport, shopping lists for playing supermarkets or prices on a market stall, all help children realise that written...

  • Great summary of learning this week @BatuhanYıldırım. I think the personalization is the tough one for many contexts, where it's easier to have a one size fits all, but it can be done. As you say, with careful general planning but then more detailed planning once you know the children.

  • I agree @DoloresCunningham, comparing the child to themselves not others is key as well as focusing on what they can do rather than what they can't do.

  • I agree wholeheartedly @BrookeW. This resonates very much with an interview I heard on Early Years TV recently with Rae Pica. She spoke of a class where the children had no initiative to do anything by themselves and didn't even open their books unless directed by the teacher. We have to prepare these children for the future where they can cope with change,...

  • It's great that you are enjoying the course @YuliyaYumachikova and there's lots to learn and digest.

  • Hi @LiSha, we are happy you joined us on the course and hope that you find it useful for both your profession as a teacher and as a mum.

  • Welcome @JonidaRystemi to the course. It's great to see such enthusiasm, the best ingredient for working with little kids!

  • I couldn't agree more @VickiKlingner, the children need to be valued, listened to and respected. I've done mindfulness and yoga as part of our early years programme even before C19 as part of their English class.

  • Hi @GabriellaMG, we are so pleased you enjoyed the course and you would like to further your studies. If you would like to teach children in schools I'd advise you to do a degree in education (in the UK a Bachelor of Education Primary). This would take advantage of your creative background. You can choose the age range (early Years/Primary, older primary...

  • Great to hear this @NicolaKlein. All the best.

  • Thanks @SimgeGüler, we're sad too! It's amazing how the time flies. We're delighted that you have found the course useful.

  • @WinThuKhaing What wonderful memories of playing outside and using the natural environment to develop the imagination.

  • Great to see such optimism @MelecinaMatsinhe and that you can implement what you are learning already.

  • a great summary of learning this week @sophieChaise.

  • Hi @CatherineThomson, looking forward to hearing about the children you teach in Spain and the challenges you face.

  • Hi @meiyuekwong, welcome to the course. We're looking forward to hearing about the children you teach.

  • Welcome @CeciliaAimacaña to the course. Can you please write your comments in English or check that your browser isn't ticked to automatically translate? We'd like everyone to be able to understand. Thank you.

  • Hi @leiligolshahi, as you work through the course in each week there is a want to know more step where we link to articles and books. Also on the Facebook Live steps in week 1 and 5 there are lots of links and further resources as well as in the Q&A. We also link to extra resources on the end of week video steps too.

  • @FatimaZahraElHamri, we are so pleased you have taken away so much from the the course. Happy children learn best! All the best.

  • Thank you @HelenDraper for recommending the course and your active participation. We have thoroughly enjoyed reading your comments and hearing about the children in your care.

  • A great example of working together for the benefit of the child @KatarzynaFafara. It also shows that when he was at home and was comfortable he was able to do well.

  • The Parents' Wow board is a lovely idea @HelenDraper.

  • I agree @JudithMorrison @NilayKILIÇ and they know if we are making a judgment about them.

  • They are fascinating aren't they @RanjeetaKaur? I think we all behave differently when we are in large groups, individually or at home. That's why we need to be inclusive so we cater to everyone's personality type.

  • Precious time @SouriAria.

  • Thanks @YusufAttilaYiğit for sharing this experience of ongoing observation. The development statements we saw in week 1 are part of the Early Years Foundation Stage from England that work with the Observation, Assessment and Planning cycle, and they are to help detect special needs, intervene early and give the necessary support. You've made a real difference...

  • Thank you @KathleenNelson for sharing how observations and Nurture teachers work in your school.

  • I couldn't agree more @AliMonibi.

  • I agree @MarcelodeCristo about including photos and videos as evidence of learning.

  • @JudyMurray, if you are interested in how the brain works you might find Mine Conkbayir’s books interesting. https://mineconkbayir.co.uk

  • @MuhammedÖzgürYaşar @LuizaMacedo and most importantly with very young children we are creating memories which can have a life long effect on learning and that’s why it needs to be a positive experience. On the course we take you back to your own experiences of being a child so you can remember what stays with you. Thanks for a great conversation!

  • Thanks @ValerieGiaconi, your mother gave you a real gift by reading to you and giving you quality time. I'm sure this helped you no end as you progressed through school.

  • Thanks @LanHạ. If you can encourage the parents not to compare and to be more patient, I think the progress will be evident because they are more motivated and engaged. All the best.

  • What amazing memories @IvaN and so much learning, especially life skills. Those rich play experiences outside used all the senses, helping with emotional wellbeing and our close connection to nature.

  • @NimashaPieris, I agree that learning about the brain is fascinating. New studies and research in recent years are having a huge impact on education as we improve our understanding of how the brain works. You might find Mine Conkbayir's books on neuroscience interesting:...

  • Hi @JiyounLheem, We hope you find the course relevant and interesting and it helps you to teach your 4 year old. Looking forward to hearing more about him and what you've been doing with him so far.

  • Welcome @FoyRita to the course. We are really looking forward to hearing about the children you teach and what you do with them in their English classes. All the best.

  • Hi @damarisluzon, welcome to the course. Can you please write your comments in English or check that your browser isn't ticked to automatically translate in to Spanish? Many thanks and enjoy the course.

  • A third hand is beautiful way to describe the key person @ALPTUGBUYUKKOPRU! Thank you.

  • We often incorporate total physical response activities into the classroom especially for the little learners who need to be active and move. One example after doing the story of the Little Red Hen was doing mindfulness by pretending to be a seed.

  • When I think of adversities I have faced I think of moving to another country to live and work. I overcame the many challenges (employment, making ends meet, finding somewhere to live, loneliness) thanks to the support I had from amazing friends who became my adopted family. That's why at the moment it is so tough because it is the human element that helps us...

  • In the programme I work on we teach English through play for 2-6 year olds. We have a story context, a 2 year old lamb, Timmy, who goes to nursery with his friends, a puppy, a kitten, a fox cub etc. Timmy makes mistakes and the children share the same struggles (self regulation, sharing, turn taking, frustration). After seeing Timmy, they develop empathy,...

  • 1. What makes me feel emotionally well? At first my answer was feeling listened to, valued, trusted, supported and respected but with the challenging times we are all living I have rediscovered more basic needs, like being outside, connecting with nature, disconnecting news alerts/social media and regularly exercising.
    2. What makes children feel emotionally...

  • Hi @KasiaL. The live broadcast was here: https://www.facebook.com/LearnEnglishParents.BritishCouncil/ and the recording will be upload to this step tomorrow morning (before noon UK time). We hope you enjoy.

  • Thank you @ZehraAL for joining us. We got some great questions and thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Thanks @melissahoad for being so active and also joining the live broadcast. We are really pleased you found it useful and look forward to hearing how you get putting into practice activities based on what a child likes to watch.

  • I agree @GülsedaSezgiDağdelen that it's all about the quality of the experience and the play activities either at home or at kindergarten.

  • Music is so beneficial emotionally and breathing techniques lowers stress levels and are used in mindfulness and well being programmes. Thanks for sharing @SophieD.

  • Thanks @Ayselözer for such encouraging feedback. We are very happy that you found the week so interesting and relevant. If we genuinely care about the children we teach then their social and emotional wellbeing is paramount and without it, we'll lose them along the way, and possibly set them up for failure.

  • I'm so sorry that your kindergarten experience was not a positive one. I think many of us become teachers after a negative experience so we can all do better for the children in our care.

  • That's a great example of developing literacy while following the child's interest playing school @KasiaL. It wasn't forced on you before you were ready and it was driven by your interests. Did you become an avid reader?

  • I agree @SilviaSardo. We all have good intentions but we have all fallen into the trap of praising and labelling at some point. That's why Carol Dweck's work has had such an impact as the concept of Mindsets has emerged.

  • What a wonderfully free childhood @AmaliaPerna! A lot of my memories too were also outside and taking full advantage of nature to recreate different worlds, houses, schools, potions etc.

  • Hi @ChristinaPerri, I'm s pleased you found the first week interesting and you learnt so much and are motivated to continue with the course. Each week gets even more fascinating and hooks you in even more.