Sunday, 12 November 2017

Play Dough, Straws and Team Work!

What can you do with a bag of straws you find in class? ... Add some play dough and a few polystyrene balls... step back and watch. Instant team work, collaboration, design and creation.
We went from a single, individually built spiral, to combining to make giant spirals. Dinosaurs were developed and finally bridge building. Great way to develop language before starting our writing session!

Saturday, 11 November 2017

The learners voice... listen and learn!

I always find it interesting accomodating those learners who need a different approach. Sometimes the clarity of the situation doesn't hit us... we need to listen carefully to our learners.
Example: I've been trying to find a way to support one of my boys who has found this year challenging. He engaged fully with completing personalised reading activities on his iPad. I suggested he typed his responses as writing was becoming tedious given the limited space and visual difficulties. This was working to a point but transference of words from either his book or a previous activity page onto the screen was still tedious and distracting. At this point I could see mental fatigue setting in. He asked me if it would be ok to write the text onto the whiteboard table, photograph it, crop it down and embed it onto his page. Perfect solution. He was still attending to reading, writing, transference of text BUT doing it in a way that suited his learning style.

Monday, 2 May 2016

We are FULL!!

Term 2 and Room 19 is now full! How's this for a ratio...15 Girls and 4 Boys!! Never been this girl heavy at PES in my whole teaching career---seems to have created a very different classroom vibe!!

Monday, 11 April 2016

Term 1 comes to an end!

The end of Term 1 and we are at 16... only 2 to go and our door will shut with another opening for our next lot of newbies!! We are a wee bit girl heavy... poor boys...13-3 at the moment!

Friday, 26 February 2016

We are growing

From 4 now to 6. What a huge difference with learning when there is so much time to spend on so few!! Smaller classes please...whoever may be listening!

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

It keeps getting better

When this adventure began 2 years ago, in 2014, I took each step of iPad introduction slowly and designed activities with caution... I didn't want to overload the students. I look back and chuckle. How times have changed! This year I began on the second day taking photos in Explain Everything, embedding these, re-sizing them, using the pencil and colour tools. Each day the expectations have been so much higher than when I started out. I'm now going through every Explain Everything design (especially in reading) recreating and increasing the work expectation. I'm adding on more slides,  voice instructions and cleaning up the visual effects. A continual work in progress to increase and promote higher expectations in our students.

Friday, 5 February 2016

New Year and New Entrants!

This week we started back... 4 days in and 4 students! Let the games begin!!