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Reggio Approach Part 2

We've started the term with some great intentions on following this approach and I've really enjoyed the professional discussions our team has had over the last two weeks around how it's going to look in our classrooms.  Here's a few of the things I've been mulling over....


What happens to core subjects - reading, writing, maths We still teach them and move them around so that they are based on theme/topic as much as possible They are still our core business so we can't just leave them outWhen do we find the time to demonstrate/model project based learning and fit in core subjectsAt the moment I've got a seperate project time that's outside of reading, writing and maths Hoping to change this so that it's more integrated into reading, writing and mathematics time rather than a seperate thingWhen children aren't at a point of reading or writing effectively what do you do for their independent projects?Teacher scaffolding of children is very importa…

EducampNZ

Speed Geeking, Unconference, EducampNZ Well worth getting up for, on a spectacular Saturday morning in Auckland!I had a great time along with Wendy one of the DP’s at Rowandale.I was a bit concerned before attending as I’ve never experienced a day of professional learning where there isn’t a planned agenda and set times for things.I was surprised to find the day zoomed past and it was great to get input from everyone there as to what we wanted to discuss or find out about.
The smackdown at the start of the day gave me plenty of new and exciting ideas to develop both in my classroom and hopefully across our school.I thought Barb D’s idea of surveying the staff for what they want for morning tea would be great fun. I’ve just starting using Google Docs with a form to get staff to record ICT issues/concerns/queries.It had taken a bit of training but we’re starting to make better progress especially when it comes to scheduling technician assistance and repairs.There were plenty of other idea…

Active Activboard ---- It's Arrived

"what's that Miss?"  "it's an Activboard" "can we touch it?" "who put it there?" "I think it does the tv thing" "no look it does her laptop too" "does it turn off?" "it's soft look"

I managed to explain what the board was for and even turn it on during our first day back this term.  I had 21 year two children focused, engaged and willing to participate in what we were doing.  I introduced the board by showing them a flipchart I'd made about our topic this term - Superheroes Lost in Space.  We started our KWL by brainstorming what we already knew about space, this was helped along by the great introduction assembly the teachers put on to start the new term.  The children enjoyed the photos of themselves I'd added into the flipchart.  We took superhero photos last term so I'd used the snapshot tool to make them fly through the flipchart.

Day two involved using another part of the sam…

The Activboard - Before It Arrives. . .

I'm very excited about the possibilities that come with having an interactive whiteboard in my classroom.  I've had the advantage of one before - a Mimio and it did change the way I taught.  This time I'm keenly anticipating the arrival of an ActivBoard.

As the Director of ICT I've already had a peep at the software and I'm starting to develop bits and pieces for use in mine and other teacher's classrooms.  The software - ActivInspire is relatively easy to use and similar to other IWB software that's available.  It's probably a little more powerful in my opinion than the Mimio Notebook software I used to use.  I've started off by creating a topic related flipchart that teachers might use to introduce this terms integrated topic about space.  Morning procedures are my next port of call.  Taking the roll on the board and having short activities that children can participate in before 9am sounds like a good place to start. 

I've also looked closel…