A marvellous opportunity to reignite your inner blogging creativity. Edublogs is offering a blogging club beginning on January 3rd. Follow the link to find out more and register.
Here is a link to the Goldfields Literacy wiki. There are lots of links to support what you already do, and plenty of reading for you to think abut what you are doing.
A favourite educator of mine, Di Snowball offers some initial professional reading around ‘Teaching and Learning about Spelling Strategies’.
Here is another webinar from Corwin that is worth watching and thinking about. It unpacks many of the ideas in the book, ‘Visible Learning for Literacy’ by Fisher, Frey and Hattie.
It particularly highlights the differences in surface level, deep level and transfer level thinking.
Along the lines of my previous post about professional reading, I would like to mention John Spencer’s blog. A recent post of his is titled The Future Belongs to the Makers, and is worth reading as it has a number of layers of thought.
His personal story, about the influence of one of his teachers, and the message about digital devices and designing for students to consume or create, or both, is worth spending time thinking about.
With the thought that V.I.T. registration is due, you might be updating your records of professional learning.
For the next 12 months you might want to look at increasing your own professional reading…this time online. The Teach100 site is a great place to start looking for blogs and websites that interest you.
By the end of next year you will be reporting on the new Digital Technologies curriculum that is part of the Victorian Curriculum. Before then you will be working in your team to design learning opportunities.
DigiPubs have an excellent teaching and learning resources page that links to year level home pages. For each strand in a year level there is a content description, lesson ideas, units of work and resources.
Click on the image below to find what you are looking for.
iParent has been launched by the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner. This link below will take you the homepage where you can find the resources for iParent.
Don’t forget to look at the cybersafety resources page for some of my recommended go to sites for teachers and parents.
I have just purchased and begun reading Visible Learning for Literacy. I grabbed my copy from Book Bonding (go on, support your local businesses).
The image below will take you to the Visible Learning website and an overview of the book.
Corwin are the publishers and they currently have a webinar on their YouTube channel.
A bit of professional knowledge can go a long way, particularly when beginning to think about multiplicative thinking. I have seen a little of what has been coming from the photocopier, so I am guessing it is part of planning for a number of Year level teams.
While I go to Clarke and Sullivan for fractions, Dianne Siemon is the person to deepen your practical knowledge for multiplicative thinking…along with a dose of Booker. (Do the other authors of the book get peeved with such casual reference to one of the four authors?)
Not unusually our own Department website has links to help you as well.
Below are the links to help you on your way!
Dianne Siemon first, you have probably seen these but you really should start with these two resources that complement each other.
Of course it helps to design some useful pre testing, the Department has a link to tools to use to identify common misunderstandings.
Finally here is The Learning and Assessment Framework for Multiplicative Thinking. This document describes key characteristics that link to teaching implications and a vast array of resources.
Click here for the introduction to coaching is…
Here is the very entertaining Sir Ken Robinson. Entertaining but thought provoking at the same time.
I often find myself nodding in agreement, but at the same time wondering how to bring what is in my mind, into the classroom in a practical way.
Sometimes valuable resources are undiscovered, even if they are closer than you realise.
If you cannot find something useful in these resources I would be surprised!
A couple of big ideas that digital learning promotes are collaboration and communication. Here is a link that might give you some ideas for your STEM and inquiry investigations.
And just when you thought you had to communicate and collaborate overseas, here is a link to a Science and Mathematicians partnership program here in Australia.
An important part of the instructional plan is the mini lesson.
Below is a resource that will connect you to a number of websites that will provide lots of ideas.
In some cases the content will not suit your year level, but the challenges presented should inspire you to develop your own resources using the idea in each of the websites.
It is no secret that I am passionate about student learning portfolios. Setting and reflecting on goals, showcasing learning with audio, video, images and text and then sharing with an audience is a brilliant way to develop a blog.
If you are still coming to grips with this, here is a post from CommonSense Graphite that might help you crystallise your thoughts.
Professional reading has never been easier really. There are thousands of education blogs. Choosing which to read, or to add to an RSS feed to Outlook or an app such as Mr Reader, is the hardest part of the process.
Here are two resources that will help you choose some quality blogs to read and follow.
Are you looking for resources to help with your Performance and Development Plan?
Here is a YouTube link to the TED-Ed bridge riddle. There are many to choose from that will add some challenge to your classroom.
Here is the reading link to busting some myths about the inquiry cycle, another great post from Kath Murdoch.
Follow this link for your resources today…PL Pedagogy, Plan, Practical
Our very clever Visual Arts teacher is giving feedback to her students in a creative and powerful way. She has used the time lapse tool on the iPad, in a way that has her students reflecting immediately and focused on improving what they already do. Even if it is already brilliant!
Well, we certainly know more together. Fifty-one connections to a high quality classroom were identified from the ‘bookbook’ video!
You may have noticed there was at least one person in the wrong age group. Mmm!
Our most experienced group showed that their depth of knowledge of what happens in a high quality classroom was exemplary, even if they repeated themselves occasionally. The Under 30’s and In the 40’s identified a range of teaching techniques, planning and content factors. However it was The 31 – 40 team, though, that matched the other teams for ideas but in a killer blow identified engaging and authentic challenge using a transdisciplinary focus as their most important factor.
Below is a word cloud that displays your combined efforts.
Are you looking for some professional learning to support your blogging with students?
The Edublogger is again offering a teacher challenge to give you some basic skills to use in the classroom and with your class blog.
This challenge begins in March, you can enrol now.