I've recently been using hyperdocs as a form of choice with my stage 1 students for menuboard tasks. Students log into a chromebook or iPad and choose an activity to complete. Not only does this give students a sense of agency in their learning, it hopefully allows them to choose skills they need to work … Continue reading Hyperdocs to promote student agency
Recently I wrote a blog about using ozobots in literacy. I also recently had a play with Sphero's with my literacy group and thought I'd share the resources. This lesson was inspired by Peter Abt's presentation at EDUtech 2018 about using sight words - you can find that lesson on his website. https://twitter.com/StLukesMP/status/1010012857797263364 The lesson … Continue reading Rhyming words with Spheros!
In the last couple of weeks of Term I went in search of activities that would help my Stage 1 students learn how to look at a section of text and pick out the 'who, what, when, where and how.' A comprehension strategy which would allow them to look at the components of a … Continue reading Using Ozobots to teach comprehension strategies
Over the past four weeks I have been delving into a personal inquiry project into inquiry learning. This learning journey was an opportunity to dive deeper into inquiry mindsets and how we could foster this within our classrooms. Through this time I have come across many worthy comments, articles, blogs and strategies about how teachers … Continue reading Inquiry Learning – My five takeaways
If you had asked me when I was at school what my favourite subject was, mathematics probably would have been last on my list. I struggled with a mix of lack of understanding and a series of teachers I didn't connect with. I can't really recall much primary school mathematics besides snippets of singing multiplication … Continue reading Learning Intentions In Maths
As term one is rapidly coming to a close I have had the opportunity to reflect on what has been a whirlwind of term 1. This term during staff meetings we delved into an inquiry unit ourselves asking: How can we best serve the needs of students with more than one teacher in the space? The … Continue reading Delving into Inquiry
Woke up this morning. I suddenly realized We’re all in this together I started smiling Cause you were smiling. And we’re all in this together. - Ben Lee In my second year of teaching I took a leap, out of the comfort that I had somewhat become accustomed to (as much as you … Continue reading Into the Deep
Writing gets pushed to the side when you feel like you have a million and one tasks to complete and you feel like you're paddling to keep your head above water. Who said swimming, or teaching for that matter, was easy? This past term and a half have been a whirlwind. From assessments, reporting, teaching … Continue reading Are we there yet?!
What a whirlwind the first two terms of the year have been! Caught between the constant struggle of ‘have I done enough?’ and ‘it can wait until tomorrow’ has not become any easier in the 20 week of school I have now taught. I’ve struggled a lot in the first two terms with the am … Continue reading Halfway There
Being a first year teacher at edutech this year was a little bit like being a child in a candy shop. Overwhelming, exciting and making you want to dance around like a dinosaur all at once! Not only are you trying to take on board everything possible, you are surrounded by outstanding educators you’ve only … Continue reading 5 things I learnt at EDUTECHAU 2017