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The Student-Led Classroom Blog - Join me as I explore the creation of self-autonomous, primary school learning environments

The most productive way to start your day!

Back in 2019, I had a brainwave. I had been developing my own morning resources, for the previous five years, and wanted to share them with the wider community. After all, with so many teachers permanently snowed under, and struggling to find time to plan, in amongst the endless to-do list entries, why re-create the wheel?


Morningchallenge.co.uk and 'The Student-led Classroom' were born, and endeavored to offer a bank of ways in which student-led learning could be embedded into primary school spaces. Over time, the site has grown and it's now used in six continents, daily, by thousands of professionals who value their time, well-being, and, most importantly, strive to engage and motivate their learners.


Yesterday (12th November, 2021) was a date worth celebrating. After spending literally thousands of hours producing challenge slides, for both 7-9 & 9-11 year-olds, I uploaded the 732nd offering (yep, there's even one for a leap year!) The calendars are now full to the brim and promise to offer a range of English, maths, geography, history, art, science and well-being related tasks. Don't forget the daily proof-reading, either, which comes in the form of 'spot the mistake'. Funnily enough, I receive at least one email, every single week, letting me know that I've spelt something wrong...


It's also been a project to produce a daily story-starter - hugely influenced by the brilliant work of Simon, at Pobble, and to add daily maths starters. This new addition is in development, with new dates added every day. I firmly believe that the structure of teaching blocks of maths, based around a single focus, and then moving on to something else, means that children cycle through learning, forgetting, moving backwards and relearning. That is, unless they receive regular reminders and opportunities to brush-up on skills. Warm-ups are the perfect place for this, and the three daily, differentiated questions aim to keep them on their toes and in-the-loop!



There's so much on offer, now, and it's been a massive pleasure to hear from so many fellow professionals who have positive stories to tell about how they use the site. As always, my goal is to strive to keep the site free, but it does cost to keep it online, and to avoid the addition of adverts. If you're a daily user and you'd like to say a little thanks, donations are warmly received and can be made by clicking the link at Morningchallenge.co.uk!


Finally, a big thank you to everyone who's got involved in this project and shared it with colleagues in schools and via social media. What started as a simple idea continues to grow and I'm excited to see what the next three years bring for both the site and teaching, in general, as we emerge from the barriers that the world's thrown at us.


Make your comeback stronger than the setback!


Mr.W.

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Gavin James
Gavin James
Nov 15, 2021

With a 30 minute + difference between when children can arrive in my classroom in the morning, these daily slides are a Godsend. Thank you so much for putting these together. The competitiveness amongst the class to find the mistake(s) every day is palpable. 😁

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Daniel R Wilson
Daniel R Wilson
Nov 15, 2021
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So great to hear and very happy to have helped!

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thingummygig
thingummygig
Nov 13, 2021

Using these in The Bahamas. My kids love them posted in the Google Homeroom every day. They present the answers in as many creative ways they can think of including posters, raps , videos etc.

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Daniel R Wilson
Daniel R Wilson
Nov 13, 2021
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Sounds brilliant! So happy to help 👌🏼

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Claire Victoria
Claire Victoria
Nov 13, 2021

Recently discovered and love these for my hospital classroom. I'd love a ks3 one if you're feeling up for that challenge too! (It's not my area of specialism either!!)

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Daniel R Wilson
Daniel R Wilson
Nov 13, 2021
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So happy to help! I wouldn’t know where to start with KS3, unfortunately!

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Thank you for doing these - they are so helpful. I;m sure you could charge a subscription or a one off fee.

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