Make her blog one of your regular must reads by subscribing. Start by looking at her About page, it has a link that explains the purpose of the blog and guides you to some suggestions of what to listen, view and read if it is your first time visiting her blog.
Cult of Pedagogy will provide more than enough reading and thinking, as well as opportunities for sharing and planning to last you for a whole PDP cycle!
The idea of ‘tight but loose’ was something I was able to revisit while reading the Class Teaching blog through the year. Shaun Allison, one of the three authors of this blog, has also produced a book called Making Every Lesson Count.
I think the concept of making every lesson count is important for the mindset of planning and teacher talk. You can link to the post on the image below, where the authors explain how having a structure for a school can complement the idea that teachers thrive on being creative.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’sand In the 40’sidentified 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.