#teacher5aday #pledge #2017

#teacher5aday #pledge #2017

In 2017 there are for me two important landmarks. The first is that I am a third of the way into my 27th year in teaching and the second sees me celebrating 40 years as a member of the Long Distance Walkers Association (LDWA). Both of these events will feature strongly in the #teaher5aday 2017 pledge.

#connect

Keep being involved with Twitter #PLN (personal learning network) and do more walks with groups – I value face to face connections too. It would also be nice to meet some #teacher5aday tweeters during 2017.

#notice

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The trig pillar, at left, on Crich Stand, Derbyshire

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What remains of the trig pillar at East Leake

Whilst on a walk take an image of something of interest. During 2016 I enjoyed taking part in the Ordnance Survey’s (OS) celebration of the 80th anniversary of the trig pillar. This assisted me organising local walks to gain access to trig pillars that were close by that I wouldn’t necessarily visit. During one excursion I noticed that a trig pillar was no longer there even though its location was clearly marked on the map. I notified the OS and they sent one of their representatives to check this out and they replied that the map in question will be updated to reflect the missing trig pillar. OS also utilised Twitter to share peoples images of trig pillars and connected these with #trigpillar80. During 2017 the focus  will be me noticing elements in the natural world and recording these in blogs.

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Red Admiral butterfly – a surprise sight on 9th October and I saw six other individuals on the same day

#learn

I have always wanted to write an article for publication in a journal. I could base this article on flipped learning relating to coaching concepts in land navigation which led to the 4 D’s of Land Navigation Model. This has been the theme for my presentations at various conferences in 2016 and with an article I had written that was published by the Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL) in their Horizons magazine in the Spring 2016 issue. The first conference I delivered to was for the Nottingham Trent University’s Trent Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT) at Nottingham in July, then at the IOL Conference, Staffordshire in October and finally at the inaugural researchED FE conference, London in December. May be I could add New York and Paris as venues in 2017! In preparing this article I will be engaged in learning and if published will be part of scholarly activity in that the results will be shared.

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#volunteer

This should be relatively easy as I have a wealth of experience leading walks for various organisations in the past and could do this again in 2017. For example, lead a ramble for a local Ramblers’ Group or organise a walk for the LDWA. Perhaps I could plan and lead a walk for #teacher5aday as I did for #UKFEchat community in 2015.

#exercise

Try to do basic flexibility exercises everyday and complete a long walk every weekend. In 2016 I celebrated my 60th birthday with a walk to work. This was almost 13 miles in distance and I planned the route to ensure the minimum of walking by a road. It was a neat challenge and one I had in mind since I moved there twenty years ago. My previous home was 23 miles from work! I managed to complete this walk in 4 hours and 36 minutes just two minutes outside the OS Maps guideline time. Other walking events of note completing the 26.2 miles Dovedale Dipper challenge walk in the Peak District during August – such fabulous weather and my sixth completion of the 16 miles Seagrave Wolds Challenge walk in November – not so good weather!

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Stunning scenery on the 26.2 miles Dovedale Dipper Challenge Walk 7th August 2016

The highlight though was that I took part in the LDWA Three Forests Way 54 miles challenge event but I only completed 49 miles! However, that 49 miles was the furtherest I have walked in almost 30 years! I would love to have another go and finish the walk this time. To enable this to happen requires building up not just physical endurance but mental fitness as well. This preparation will certainly provide enough for #teacher5aday throughout 2017.

I wish everyone a Happy New Year, don’t be to obsessed with work, and ensure you build time for you every day.

In completing this blog I would like to acknowledge Dawn Jones @stowdawn

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#BoxingDayWalk South Notts. Wolds

#BoxingDayWalk South Notts. Wolds

Sunday 26th December 2016

 

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The way to the hill

At night I looked at the weather forecast for Boxing Day and at last we were going to have sun. Well at least for the morning and early afternoon so I decided this was the day over the Christmas holiday period I needed to do my usual countryside route which starts and finishes at my front door. The forecast also mentioned that the temperature was going to be 6 degrees so I wrapped up before venturing out with a silk scarf wrapped around my neck and the Patagonia Stretch Syncilla hat pulled down over my ears. A Mountain Hardwear Stretch Ozonic waterproof jacket provided an effective outer barrier throughout the walk and the upper zip outer pocket was useful in making the iPhone SE accessible. The lower pockets housed the Black Ice fleece gloves, kit I didn’t use, and the Patagonia hat and silk scarf when I was overheating. Keeping the cold at bay was an Iguana fleece jacket used for the intermediate layer. Craghoppers Basecamp trousers once again proved their flexibility as they more than coped with today’s windy conditions.

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Unusual architecture approaching the village of Bunny

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The footpath to the wood

Throughout the walk I noticed lots of people out much more than normal and these included extended family groups so perhaps they were on their traditional Boxing Day ramble. Even saw a few joggers on the early part of the walk which is on the streets and one jogger past me on a Bridleway in white trainers trying to avoid the mud. Thankfully, even on the footpaths mud wasn’t the problem I thought it was going to be and the Merrell approach shoes, which don’t have a waterproof liner, coped really well over today’s terrain. The sun with the blue sky provided superb images on the iPhone SE and at times the contrast was too great so the HDR function kicked in with amazing results. A couple of images had sun streaks but these added to the scene captured.

Coming to the end of the countryside part of this walk I thought that I hadn’t seen any bird life of note then I hard a crow and almost immediately the call of a buzzard. On hearing this I raised my head to see two buzzards, perhaps the same pair as I saw a couple of months ago, circling around then perching on two different trees. Seeing these two just added to what was a fine day’s walk.

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Field pattern close to East Leake

This was my last proper walk in 2016 over my mainstay 7.2 miles countryside route and the ninth time I had completed this walk this year. Today it took me just over 2 hours 32 minutes which means I walked at 2.84 miles per hour. Kit wise my gear of the year goes to the iPhone SE which has provided most of my pictorial record of my walks since the end of May. This was a great 60th birthday present from my wife and daughter. One of my purchases for 2017 will be an Otterbox Defender case to protect the iPhone and save me worrying about dropping it.

Weather information courtesy of BBC Weather:

6 degrees C at 11am staying here until 3pm. Sunny; Humidity 65%; Visibility Very Good; Pressure 1031 (Millibars); Wind direction W & Wind Speed 14 (mph)

It will be a cold but dry Boxing Day, with plenty of sunshine. There will also be some blustery winds at first, however these should gradually ease.

Sunrise 08:17 Sunset 15:55 GMT