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Meet WALT, WILF, WALA & TIB. A teacher’s take on the jargon of explicit teaching… I know that parents have to decode a lot of jargon whilst their kids are at school.


I’m often asked about some of the acronyms commonly seen and heard in my classroom. Perhaps they sound more like a quartet of elderly folks in a retirement home, however WALT, WILF, WALA and TIB are some the latest educational buzz words. Explicit teaching focusses students toward the learning/understanding/skill, rather than the doing/task/activity. Below are some useful acronyms that are becoming more and more common in schools, for making learning explicit for children. WALT = We Are Learning To… Sometimes called a Learning Intention, a WALT makes the learning, concept, understanding or skill clear to students. WILF = What I’m Looking For… Sometimes called Success Criteria, a WILF makes clear to students, what they are expected to demonstrate or produce.

Any teachers out there, what do you think? -Teachling Like this: Eleni Kyritsis – Teaching in the Primary Years. Picture Storybooks are my favourite.

Eleni Kyritsis – Teaching in the Primary Years

They bring back so many wonderful childhood memories. There are some fantastic books that will capture your students imaginations, provoke their wonderings and allow them to generate their own ideas. Being very passionate about the Inquiry approach to learning and in particular Genius Hour, I have on display in my classroom a variety of books that I read to my students when I launch into new topics, units of inquiry and wonderings. Here are some of my favourites; The Most Magnificent Thing – Ashley Spires Attributes: Determination, Perseverance, Commitment, Inquirer The Most Magnificent Thing focuses is a great model for the FAIL acronym – First Attempt In Learning.

What do you do with an idea? Attributes: Resilience, Perseverance, Open-minded, Inquirer. TEACH21C. Learning & Education – Learning to Learn. A Shared Learning Space – Sharing ideas on Learning Spaces in Education, for now and in the Future….. TEACHING FOR THE FUTURE – TEACHING FOR THE FUTURE. Just such a powerful and meaningful song.


References Like this: Like Loading... Nearly 100,000 men, women and children are forced to flee their homeland from war-torn countries such as in South Asia, Middle East and North Africa. They often flee from their homes and travelled in small boats or dinghies to other countries that are safer. These refugees have to travel light as the trek can be long and dangerous. Welcome to my little world of big learning through this wonderful medium of the world wide web. My picture of a giraffe (with thanks to my friend Stephen Walsh for taking this fabulous photo and allowing me to share it) is my idea of. I am beginning to formulate my own ideas for a Vision and Mission statement as part of my assignment.

Welcome to my little world of big learning through this wonderful medium of the world wide web. My picture of a giraffe (with thanks to my friend Stephen Walsh for taking this fabulous photo and allowing me to share it) is my idea of

In everything that I am formulating I… As I research about refugees and their plight around the world my previous post was filled with sadness. This post is filling me with hope as I look at the work a myriad of wonderful organisations and people are doing to make a difference. Education is paramount in all the organisations. Each has a very definite direction on how to ensure refugee children receive quality education, often despite less than favourable conditions. The first rule of intelligent tinkering is to save all the pieces. My closing reflection of EDFD459 has thrown me one last aha moment.

The first rule of intelligent tinkering is to save all the pieces

That being, the definition of a 'successful student' has changed. The e-Space was not one of the learning spaces available to me as a child. Society of today and tomorrow is totally driven by technology and so we are now concerned with a much broader scope of learning. Teachers are preparing … Continue reading Finding Space A little blog piece to highlight a big notion.

Technology has impacted our world, and our learning spaces are changing because we are envisaging a new world citizen. Presently, we know that no country in the world has reached complete gender equality. The evidence is overwhelming and conclusive. Mr Muhanned was a much loved teacher who worked for the Zaki Al-Arsuzi School in Syria before the war began. Most refugees travel light, they arrive at their final destinations with only a few necessities of life. Educational Explorer – Learning Journeys. Kayri Shanahan – Educator Hotspot. As an adult, it is hard not to make comparisons between what school life was like for ourselves as children versus today’s students.

Kayri Shanahan – Educator Hotspot

I’m of a vintage where I still have vivid memories of the smell of freshly printed copies of worksheets (albeit, I was inhaling toxic spirit fumes that had lingered on our purple-printed papers, but that’s beside the point!). However, there are aspects of our school days that stay with us into adulthood, and beyond. Some good, some great, and even some that may be downright awful.

One thing I don’t ever remember being taught about in primary school was the importance of my own emotional and psychological wellbeing. We certainly covered general physical health to some degree (e.g. exercise, nutrition), but I can’t recall anything extending beyond that, even in my high school years.

So, what has changed to make this become necessary today? Concerns about our students’ mental health today is real.