ICT lead teacher day …

pic of my comp etc

  • started with 4-quadrant model – personality styles
  • life with the wright family – fun game
  • classroom snapshot rubic
  • surveymonkey
  • i like survey monkey – i just created a post-test for some learning we did this last week

and the next step

DLC #3 – literacy – this time about nouns, verbs, adjectives, and simple grammar conventions

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i think i’ll trial as a whole class activity in the computer lab – working in pairs

the next step on my journey

DLC #2 Simple circuits

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i’ll trial this with a small group

blogs – a quest for discovery

i’m on a journey to put together some digital learning centres (or experiences or something) for both the kids in my class and others

my first step in the journey is entitled “blogs:a quest for discovery” and is a PPT/PPS on blogging

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the ppt and worksheet are available for download here

21st Century Learners

we’ve all heard about 21st century learners and digital natives vs digital immigrants – yet i always felt that i was an oddity having used technology since the late ’70s

this guy has the right message i think …

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cautiously excited

it’s really hard to maintain momentum and excitement when you’re a lonely voice in the crowd

this week, however, i’m feeling cautiously excited

a phone call from a colleague (who doesn’t teach a regular classroom – she is on study leave from her job teaching foods technology) who was just buzzing about ICT and the things she’s discovered like Web 2.0 and various blogs (hi to Allanah!) and i got all excited again talking to her

the last couple of weeks have seen our kids at school (almost all of the ~550 kids) involved in World Maths Day – we’re still going as well as visiting Rainforest maths (which they love)

i also have two girls who are top of the list for literacy (and maths) extension so i’m looking coming up with some sort of DLC that they can work with during our reading/language time or anything else … maybe i can finally get a class blog up and running …

Mentoring and Motivation

Full links can be found on my wiki site http://dragonsinger.wikispaces.com

This was a workshop presented by Perry Rush from Island Bay School at an NZEI Wellington District Council “Staff Wellbeing” Seminar.

Just some rough notes until i can get some urls from perry …

He quoted Judith Aitkin?

Chn are compelled to be at school – it is therefore our responsibility to make sure they take something wonderful and worthwhile out of their 10+ years invested in the school system

Educational research from Graham Nuttal and ? EDwards (reminded me a bit of some of the things that David Warlick talked about) – we do what we do because that’s how we were taught / we do what we do because we learned from educators who did it that way because they learned it from educators who did it that way …

Modelling from the top – example of sharing his own appraisal with the staff – using an anonymous survey forum to get feedback; then sharing the results with the staff; sharing his goals concerning the areas he needed to improve in with them – and lastly sharing with them what he has done to meet those goals

the reggio emilia approach to learning



Oxford Dictionary definition of teachers : dispensers of facts and knowledge

I note that dictionary.com says
a person who teaches or instructs, esp. as a profession; instructor.

and my Collins dictionary say A person whose occupation is teaching

Teachers, however, are not merely dispensers of fact and knowledge!

We need to:

  • pose provocative questions
  • show the teacher as a learner

There is powerful teaching done through asking questions (instead of telling facts) and even more powerful teaching done by being quiet and letting the children figure things out.

Think outside the box

Dream the dream you are passionate about

Our kids deserve the absolute best

Maximum passion – maximum energy

sharing the information

i guess one of the things about learning new stuff is the importance of passing it on … i was informed on thursday that my name had been tossed in the bucket to take a workshop during our skills week – on blogs and wikis … so … over the next week if you keep an eye on my wiki – https://dragonsinger.wikispaces.com/ you’ll probably see me putting my presentation together – all i know is about an hour and up to 20 teachers …