Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Powerful Prezi

Some of my students made prezis to show off their learning with regards to our Olympic topic earlier in the term. They were asked to research and present on an aspect of the Olympics which interested them.

Check out some of the prezis, as well as other pieces of student work, on our class blog.

Teaching as Inquiry

MOE 2007 p35

RTC - Reflective questioning

Investigating your practice

Planning, implementing, reviewing

The key question for the teaching inquiry is: What strategies (evidence-based) are most likely to help my students learn what they need to learn?

The key question for the learning inquiry is: What happened as a result of the teaching, and what are the implications for future teaching?

Two related questions then lead the inquiring teacher back into another round of inquiry: Is there something I need to change? What are the next steps for learning?


Session 1:

Individual Student In action

Identify a student to focus on - Donnie Tyrell (pseudonym)

Learning inquiry - Improve spelling level


Class/Group focus in action

Group - Students below level 4b

Reading - Inference skills

Monday, August 20, 2012

Slumdog Computers

In 1999, Sugata Mitra and his colleagues dug a hole in a wall bordering an urban slum in New Delhi, installed an Internet-connected PC, and left it there (with a hidden camera filming the area). What they saw was kids from the slum playing around with the computer and in the process learning how to use it and how to go online, and then teaching each other.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Managing 'My Portfolio' portfolio

There's no doubt that accountability in appraisal systems for teachers is increasing. We need to show evidence of our practice so that others can confidently say that we are meeting the criteria of an acceptable (or outstanding) teacher. I like this, but at the same time I don't want this to take too much time away from what matters most to me in my practice - the students; their teaching, learning and assessment.

Up-skilling staff re ICT


Delivering brief ICT tips is a useful way to quickly up-skill your staff re new technologies useful/necessary in their teaching. Allowing them to request the tips increases engagement and ownership of the practice.