When you think of the word STEM what comes to mind? Is it science? Is it mathematics? Is it a bunch of fancy experiments? Perhaps it is a meshing of the elements? Whatever comes to mind I bet you've heard the term before. STEM has become somewhat of a buzzword in an attempt to boost … Continue reading STEMtastic
As I sat in a presentation tonight reflecting on the learning journey the past 18 months has taken me on I had the chance to ponder. I thought about the students I have had in the past two years and the unique opportunity that for some of my students it will be the third student … Continue reading What parents want to know..
gratitude /ˈɡratɪtjuːd/ noun the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. Often we get stuck in a rut. We think about all we have to do, the problems we still have to solve and the struggles we face daily. As we wound down to the end of the … Continue reading There is always something to be grateful for…
Over Christmas I had the amazing opportunity to visit some of the best learning communities in Barcelona. It was a whirlwind trip looking at two 1 year old to 18 year old schools and Barcelona Learning Innovation Community. All three communities were vastly different but exemplified pockets of innovation within schooling systems. Over the past few … Continue reading Barcelona!
If you asked a teacher what their most challenging time of the day to teach is it would probably be undoubtedly the last session of the day. Primary students are tired, ready to go home and engagement tapers off. It is in this session that instruction needs to be short and sharp and hands on … Continue reading When the school bell goes… activities club
It's such a strange thing to feel as though I have almost been at St Luke's a full twelve months. The job advertisements have just started for the 2019 school year (and yes you should apply) and it is a bizarre feeling to think that in a few weeks time we will begin the orientation … Continue reading three quarters gone
Early Years ABC Education has produced a series of digital books for children on a range of topics. The text being analysed is ‘Growing Up in the Early 1900s’ and is a series of chapters including videos and text and highlights key aspects of life for a child in the 1900s. The text is recommended … Continue reading 5 digital texts to use in your classroom
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