Hello Literacy: Monitor Classroom Noise Level with Virtual Bouncy Things. I'm a firm believer in classroom noise!
The good, productive, on-topic student voices that occur when learning is abuzz in my classroom. But even, students forget to self-monitor their own noise level no matter how productive and on-task it is. I wrote a blog post about this a few years ago and it practically went viral. The original website from *that* post however, has been disabled and there is a new one...this one. That .ORG not .COM It's clever, attractive and sure to engage your students in self-regulating their volume.
Like anything new, you will need to allow students time to get this new thing out of their system, but once that is over, and the novelty wears off, the balls (or eyes) on the screen will be a reminder to be cognizant of their voice level in the classroom. You have the choice of bouncy balls, bouncy emoticons, bouncy bubbles or bouncy eyeballs. One day I'll fly away. Formative assessment. Organising instruction & study: 7 recommendations to improve student learning. This blog is a summary of a Practice Guide by Pashler et al. from 2007, which sets out to provide teachers with specific strategies for instruction and study.
I came across it in a roundabout way via this paper by Dunlosky et al cited in the “What makes great teaching? Review of the underpinning research” by Rob Coe et al. The central tenet of this particular Practice Guide is that learning depends on memory, which can in turn be strengthened by concrete strategies. These strategies help students to master new knowledge and skills, without forgetting what they have learned. Growth Mindset Maths - Growth Mindset Maths. SPRING MATHS - Home. Resources. 7406. Reclaim Your Marking — Love Learning Ideas. Play your cards right 40 Quick Marking Strategies Too many decisions in the classroom are currently being made based on what ‘they’ might think, whether ‘they’ are SLT or Ofsted.
The danger is that teachers are not owning their pedagogical choices. Kevin Lister explains it perfectly here. “The problem comes when we forget why we're doing something, and just do it without thinking, without questioning... Closed questions and higher order thinking. I know that Andrew Old often writes about the way that open questions are often, wrongly, seen as superior to closed questions – ie, it’s seen as being better to ask pupils questions that have lengthy answers and many possible answers rather than those that only have one straightforward right answer.
I think one of the reasons for this is that open questions are seen as being effective promoters of higher-order thinking. That is, asking a question like ‘Why was there a war in Europe in 1914?’ Is likely to lead to higher quality thinking than ‘When did Britain and France sign the Entente Cordiale?’ I would make two points here. First, it is true that closed questions are very effective at testing facts and knowledge. Second, closed questions can in fact be extremely good at testing analysis and evaluation – in fact, they can often be more efficient and effective than open questions. The BC leaving exam in history asks pupils to write essays, yes. 15. And it isn’t just this question. Walking the tightrope. Man on Wire.
(Image via olivedesignblog.blogspot) It’s been a strange and difficult few days. I woke up last Tuesday night at 2am with the worst headache of all time; piercing intense pain. I had to run downstairs for the pain killers. This was stress, pure and simple; subconscious anxiety in anticipation of GCSE results download day. Still, I know this single data point has significance it doesn’t deserve. It was our first year without the Speaking and Listening component in English GCSE – so, despite better exam performance, our results dropped significantly (84% to 61%). Of course there were individual successes – students with hatfuls of As and A*’s and lots of other wonderful individual triumphs – as always.
My job now is to remain positive, to project confidence and have faith that our plans will deliver on results. . – the list goes on! However, in terms of exam outcomes, we need to be really clear that there are no easy wins or quick fixes. 37 Ideas to Grow Gritty Learners by @Powley_R. 26 Strategies for Meaningful Manageable Assessment by @powley_r. Mixed ability. 5 misconceptions. @pepsmccrea: *NEW* The 7 habits of highly effective lesson plan(er)s. Magic square and surfs answer is 15 root2. Well being. Maths mastery. Afl strategies. Flipped learning. Differentiation. Exams Helpline. Mastery assessment papers. Closed questions and higher order thinking. UKEdChat sur Twitter : "8 Catch-Up Pedagogies Every Teacher Should Know, by @Powley_R.
Growing Gritty Learners — Love Learning Ideas. The school Twitter account. One thing that I have learnt about Twitter is to not force it onto people.
I’ll mention it in conversation as somewhere that I found inspiration or a source of (local) news, so that people will hopefully want to find out more. The same can be said when gaining permission to start a Twitter account for a school. A school Twitter account has been created to raise the profile of the school by sharing the positive experiences encountered by the students, staff and community.
CC Gwyneth Anne Bronwynne Jones via Compfight It is almost pointless, and quite naive, to say that a school Twitter account is needed without the relevant due diligence. Over a year later, at a new school, with more experience of Twitter and with a position of responsibility I started to draft a proposal that would scream ‘say yes!’. As usual when brainstorming for ideas, I created a mind map, using iThoughtsHD on the iPad.