Archive for August, 2011


Technology is great. But, there’s only a few technology innovations that really do open up a myriad of possibilities that cannot be done easily on a bit of paper or with other, more traditional methods!\

Voicethread is one of them.

Click on the image above to read an outstanding article about Voicethread and to get loads of ideas for how Voicethread could be used in your teaching.

 

 

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In every school I’ve worked in, there’s been a couple of unique weird spellings that have somehow evolved in that school. Here, the one that has become really obvious to me is “alot” instead of “a lot”.

How does this happen?

What weird, but fairly consistent, spellings do you come across?

I find it really exciting to walk into a room – even when the students and teachers are not there – and be able to get a real sense of what the students of that class are thinking about, and how they are thinking. Recently, when walking around NIST, I was really impressed by the amount of visible thinking I found, and the variety of ways that teachers are “extracting” that thinking from their students and then displaying it so that the walls do actually speak.

How wonderful for students to be immersed in their own thoughts, interacting with displays and surrounded by relevance at all times!

What visible thinking strategies have worked well for you?

Glenn found this fascinating presentation about listening and about the need for schools to think about whether or not they are teaching it as a specific “language art”. We showed it to Year 6 students and they all agreed that we do have “listening problems” in this day and age. They were able to talk openly about their own listening issues and what could be done to improve them. Many of them have asked for three minutes of silence each day!

It is worth watching this video in a team meeting some time. It will spark good conversations, but it will also enable you to reflect on the teaching of listening.

Do you have any good listening games or strategies that you could share with us?