Expectations. Think for a moment about what you expect from yourself, your students, your family, your friends & your colleagues. As an educator I have a lot of expectations, of myself, my colleagues and my students. I would convey the idea that I had 'high expectations' - I think wanting to empower myself and others to … Continue reading No Expectations
Last month in the Primary School we found ourselves in the midst of the Year 6 Exhibition; which is essentially a student driven, inquiry-based research project that extends over a period of approximately 12 weeks. It overwhelms both students and teachers and engulfs us all in questions, that create yet more questions, challenges and of … Continue reading Student Driven Inquiry – Process vs Product
As I listened to the presentation by Head of ICT, John Jones (@mrjonesICT ) http://ict.ismonacoblog.org/2013/01/31/to-blog-or-not-to-blog-the-ism-question/ that charted the highs and lows of the blogging journey our school has been traveling along at the Bett 2013 Exhibition, I was struck by a number of things. Firstly, the immense progress that can be made in a relatively short … Continue reading BETT & the Blogging Journey
So, I survived my first BETT show, I navigated the maze (quite literally a maze!) of stands, speakers and technological wonder and made it through, overwhelmed, exhausted but most definitely inspired and restored! Interestingly, all of this without actually knowing what BETT stood for... I mean I had a guess, a pretty good idea what … Continue reading Reflecting on BETT 2013
I currently teach Literature Circles lessons to two Year 6 classes each week, generally my favourite part of the week, when we can immerse ourselves in reading together! One of the greatest challenges in a multi-lingual, multi-level classroom is managing student groups to ensure everyone is understanding what they are reading and moving beyond this … Continue reading Enriching Comprehension Skills – Imaginative Illustrator
It was with great excitement and anticipation that the Year 6 Primary School girls gathered after school on a crisp January afternoon. The girls had only had a number of football training sessions with 'Coach Jones' but were enthusiastic and confident in facing their first match challenge against the Year 7 girls. The final result … Continue reading Primary School Vs Middle School Girls Football Match!
For teachers and children thoughts are turning to getting ready for back to school around this time of year. Students in many countries are buying new backpacks, pencil cases and school supplies, whilst teachers endeavor to get classrooms ready and organised for the arrival of their new students. Bulletin boards are being papered, materials labelled … Continue reading What is a classroom?