This year I have an aim to exercise more, eat better, and lose weight – not by being outrageous but by being sensible.
Have you noticed that once you start exercising (walking for me) that you very quickly increase your stamina and recovery time so that it takes longer to get the type of exercise you need? We are using our Apple Watch/iPhone Activity monitor to achieve certain move, exercise, and stand goals. We walk all over the place but have one regular walk that’s close to home.
We like this walk because there are so many alternatives for us but regularly do an out to the 2km mark and back. But it’s almost become too easy even though it’s the walk that will be easy to maintain once I’m back at work full time. Sigh.
I’ve been on a leadership journey this year working alongside a bunch of fantastic teachers. The NAPP (National Aspiring Principals Programme) course has been challenging, exhausting, frustrating, enriching. Here is my leadership inquiry summary!
TAI is a catch phrase for the collaborative and reflective ‘stuff’ that often happens in a ‘whole-listic’ way – naturally and orally – with lots of conversations between teachers happening at odd moments.
Since any teaching strategy works differently in different contexts for different students, effective pedagogy requires that teachers inquire into the impact of their teaching on their students.
Inquiry into the teaching–learning relationship is a cyclical process that goes on moment by moment (as teaching takes place), day by day, and over the longer term. The process can be used by teachers or leaders, for individual or whole school inquiries. http://assessment.tki.org.nz/Assessment-in-the-classroom/Teaching-as-inquiry
Unfortunately I’m feeling stifled with having to meet deadlines and post things for others to see. For me, when you try to tie it down it ends up being stifled and stilted and not true TAI. I’d rather just work away at it – and blog here in my own space!
I started out looking at how to engage my lower students – the ones who lag behind, not just academically, but also in getting their work done. However I’m now looking at my upper cohort of students as well and looking to see what I can I do to engage them more and encourage them to explore and soar in their learning.
I decided to try doing a mix of big group and independent work with my upper cohort and I’m excited by the response from them – they are relishing working independently, at their own pace, and in their own space. This week I’m going to try giving my lower cohort some independent working time and space (and devices) – I want to see if this will give them an incentive to ‘step-up’ and complete their work. Of course they won’t be left to swim – there will be one-on-one time with me as usual but they will also have to work on their time management to complete the tasks.
The larger bulk of my class are a great group who love to work together in collaborative groups and I will take advantage of that with them this week as well.
I’m also going to revisit an old video that I made as part of my research and see what ideas I can garner to help me work with all my students.
Last year Tara and I had the privilege of speaking at the Thinking Digital conference in Newcastle, UK. It was an amazing experience – only enhanced by the fact that Sugata Mitra was also speaking – immediately after us! Here’s the video:
Thinking about it, the real importance of the Chromebook is not the vendor, it’s not the device, it’s the fact that it makes the predictionthat the Web of the future is not just a place to go look for stuff, or even a place where we can share stuff and network, but rather it’s a place where everything is done.
Over the past week Tara and I have been working on our research report – we decided to do it as a series of short videos – and have ended up getting a Sparkol Pro Videoscribe account to do this. While quite easy to use, it does take some time to create a finished product – especially if you’re wanting to do a voiceover as part of the video. We created the first two episodes in a trial account and iMovie, the third will be done entirely in the pro account (and iMovie for the voice over), and the fourth has been done in a mixture of trial, pro, and iMovie.
However, we have also seen the promise of using this as a classroom tool – not for the kids – but for us to create short snappy videos of concepts and ideas we want the kids to master. Here’s a short video about writing. All videos will be CC licensed for others to use.