Wednesday, 21 October 2015

iPad PD (@ Stonefields)

Today I learned how to use Explain Everything and iMovie to make a movie!

I can't believe how simple it was!

Definitely something I am going to use in Reading Recovery, or even for Art! - What a cool way to share your learning with a wider audience!

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Art Technology - Mandala Madness!

There is nothing I love doing more than getting stuck into a new technology subject - and this term it is no different!

I have been fascinated by Mandala art - it is found simply everywhere! From the middle of kiwifruit, to shells and ferns, from flowers to mazes and labyrinths... Mandala patterns are everywhere. Sharing this with my students today, I could see this 'wonder' pass to them. Already this afternoon I have had some students come up to me - "Miss there was a Mandala pattern in my tomato sandwich!"

I can't wait to see what else is inspired this term :>

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Keep Calm??

What to do when a child is yo-yo'ing between levels in reading? There cannot be anything more frustrating that giving specific, targeted teaching, and then listening to a child struggle through a text that they SHOULD be able to read (or was even able to read fluently the day before!). One such child was in my office today. We struggled through - 'Dogs', a book he chose and devoured on Tuesday, but today? Robotic, stilted reading. Coming up to words and making something up - it didn't make sense, it didn't use the same letters, or even look the same! "Some dogs are socks (instead of big)."

Sigh. There is a real frustration in this. As teachers we are appraised on our ability to do our job well, and to get results. This child has moved from level 5 to 6 then back to 5, then 6 (etc) for the past two school weeks. I have sent home word lists, we have made memory games, we have read mountains of books and practiced writing our basic sight words on the concrete...

Oh well. Tomorrow it is back to level 5 again. I have talked over possible ideas of what to do at home with both his brother and caregiver... I guess time will tell... In the meantime...

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Home - Actively watching? Passively listening?

Oh, that shock of getting ready for the first day back to school for the term! To kick start our solar system inquiry, we are going to be watching the movie 'Home'. I wondered if there needed to be something a little extra that we add to this activity, as it is so easy for even adults to switch off while we are watching something and forget we are meant to be 'actively' watching, rather than passively listening... Thus the crossword activity. However, again, how do you create a digital version of a crossword for a movie that you haven't even seen!! We are so lucky to live in the digital age - finding the synopsis (with spoilers!), creating a key word list, then writing clues... 4 hours later we have a crossword ready for our back to school students!

Now, just wish us luck for getting through the first week!