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Showing posts from March, 2012

Maths Staff Meeting

Once again I'm very grateful to be able to sit in on a staff meeting where great learning happens.  Our staff meeting tonight was presented by Nicky Knight and was all about what good maths lessons and teaching is.

Some of the highlights of the afternoon ....

Being reminded about the beauty of mathematics through watching a video where numbers have been manipulated to make different things.  Illustrating the numerical values of attitude, hardwork and knowledge.  It's all about attitude! Nicky sharing warm up ideas that include the ability for students to debate and defend their answers and also encourage conversation and working in groups in the classroom. Looking closely at the basic structure of a maths block that includes a warm up focused on knowledge gaps, short, sharp oral and written instructions and group teaching time.  It also includes early finishers planning and reflection time that isn't limited to the end of a lesson.Sharing reflection time ideas like using bea…

Activboard Training

We were very lucky again to work with Samantha one of the NZ Activboard trainers.

Here are a few things I took away from the training:
ActivExpressions again great fun for answering quick questions and getting who understands and who doesn't quickly.   Wouldn't it be great if we could get these without having to stress too much about what they will cost us.Magic writing Blends, wordstwo and three digit numbersletter of the weekcolour on colour then use fill tool Undo and redo for clearing 1-2 mistakesActivitiesInsert, page, activitiesLots of pre-made template activitiesuse slider to zoom in/out to see activity before selecting itTemplatesInsert, Page, TemplatesBasic flipcharts that can be quickly edited to change for classroom useMakes it easy to setup flipcharts in class without having to add your own backgroundsDual UserWork with two pens at onceGreat for demonstrating strategiesGreat for brainstormingSynonyms and antonymsText Cloze activityText tooldrag and highlight then dra…