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Showing posts from August, 2011


Teaching wasn't my first career choice, however today reminded me
again why I changed careers to be a teacher. When I can take a
running record and be pretty much leaping around the classroom with
excitement afterwards I can't argue with my choice.We're busy testing at the moment a sometimes trying time but one that
is very rewarding in our class. Today even more so as I took another
running record with one of our struggling readers and realised that
yes we could put him up another level! That's two in a week. A feat
we were beginning to think wouldn't happen.So, it's time to celebrate! The teachers, teacher aides, student
teachers and family that have worked with this child all deserve to
celebrate! It's an amazing feeling that I know many teachers including
me don't take the time to just be in. Well I'm going to tonight, for
once, even if it's just a blog post it's probably more than I usually
take the time to do when a child reaches a…

Activboard Staff Meeting

Today we welcomed another 15-20 teachers to our school for the Activboard staff meeting. It was all about science and using the science learning hub as a resource for science lessons.

Here's the brief notes I took while listening.

I really enjoyed the chance to listen to other teachers ideas about how they could use the tools and ideas being presented. It was insteresting to see promethean's answer to a document camera in action. I'm sure any teacher would definitely love the opportunity to have such a device in their classroom, however I'm still not convinced that the investment is necessary. I think I'll keep playing with creating our own out of webcams for the time being.

Numeracy in Parent Speak

We're quickly coming up to our Parent Teacher conferences and as with previous years our school gives out information that will help parents to both understand and help their children with their learning.  This year I've re-done the numeracy information sheets we give to parents.  They aren't perfect yet and will probably go through a few tweaks before the final copy arrives that we give to parents.  As you can see Stage 6 isn't quite finished hopefully I'll get to that tonight.  I'd love so feedback on them, feel free to leave comments.

Numeracy Parent Information Booklets

If you would like a more user friendly copy please  leave a comment below with twitter or email address and I'll be in touch. 

Children's Leadership Presentation - Your Thoughts?

I'm about to attend a leadership camp with our house leaders and the leadership team (children).  I am presenting for about 20 minutes on the topic "you are what you think"  I would love to hear your thoughts and share them as part of the presentation if possible. 

If you are able and willing please leave a comment on this post.  I'm looking for things like
- examples of when thinking you can do something helped you to do it
- goals you've set and achieved and how you did it
- affirmations you might use
- how positive thinking helps you
- anything else you think might work with this presentation.

At the moment I'm thinking about producing a video with our schools leadership team and maybe doing a bit of role play during the presentation with a few of the other teachers at the camp.

Any suggestions would be appreciated :)

Excited about Using Technology

Children = no problem  I've never come across a child yet that hasn't been excited, interested and engaged when using technology.  The children have always been willing to learn something new without any reservations about it working or not.  Sure I've had a few say "I don't know how" or "I can't" easily solved by "yes you can" and "ask our expert..."
Teachers = a little harder Engaging teachers in tech has sometimes been a little more difficult.  I find this especially difficult when you have a wide range of abilities.  From the "I know how to do this I'm going to go on Facebook and update my status" through to the "hang on can you do that again I didn't get it, oh never mind I'll ask you later"  right up to "this isn't working, what are you doing in weekend?"  
We had another Activboard training today, similar situation to what I've seen in most technology professional developme…

video and image blogging via ipad

I'm keen to try this with our year 2/3 class tomorrow.  I've decided to use a youtube account and the mobile email address for blogging videos and the blog email address for blogging images.  I want to make the process fairly simple so that children can post themselves and so that teachers can post with ease as well.

I've created a couple of simple instruction sheets in Comic Life that I'll review with the children tomorrow,  it will probably need tweaking once they've had a go at using them.  I'm excited about this possibilities here as I think we've used the ipad apps like Puppet Pals to created great stories but we need to take it to the next step and share them with the world.  I also want others to see what we've been up to on our ipads. 

Here are the Comic Life Instructions I created -

Testing youtube connectivity

we're still working on the best way to send video created with ipad apps to my own blog and our class blog.  I think we may have solved the issues we've been having by sending video directly to youtube through our youtube mobile email address. ...

Hopefully we'll be able to get video uploaded faster and without too much fuss from now on :)

Testing images with iPad email

Testing Blogging on iPad

We've been using our iPads as much as possibly in the classroom these past two weeks. One of the things I wanted to start testing was how we can share what we are doing with a wider audience so the next couple of posts are going to do just that,..... Hopefully :)
Sent from my iPad