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Creative writing for young people

Prompt #12 › 5 Sentence Challenge I was really impressed with the way many of you created stories about the people in the picture for the last prompt. There were lots of wonderful pieces so yet again it was very difficult to choose the showcase but here they are! ********** Prompt#11 Showcase ********** Isaac in Yr.1 at Shenfield St Mary's, Essex, UK Miles in Yr.2 at Bangkok Patna School Caitlin in P3 at Dunipace Primary, Falkirk, Scotland Bailey in Yr.1 at Bidston Avenue Primary, Wirral, UK Emily in Yr.3 at Snowsfield Primary, London, UK Jessica at Vauvert Primary, Guernsey, Channel Islands Nay Thit in 2P at Bangkok Patna School As you were so good at story writing last time, the new prompt is: The Secret Room What could be in it? The link will be open until 20th March

„Larpaten Lutheria" -projekti palkittiin Helsingin Saksalaisen koulun ja Kulosaaren yhteiskoulun uskonnon ja ET:n projekti „Larpaten Lutheria" palkittiin Educa-messuilla 24.1.2014. Kaikkiaan OAJ:n, OPH:n ja Suomen Messusäätiön kilpailuun osallistui 113 hanketta. Kilpailun teemana oli oppiaineita tai keskeisiä sisältöalueita yhdistävä opetus. Larpaten Lutheria on järjestetty jo viitenä vuonna. Opetuksen ohella oppilaat ovat kehittäneet omaa roolihahmoaan, joka liittyy reformaation aikakauteen. Karoliina Käpylehto (Kulosaaren yhteiskoulu) ja Jorma Heimonen (Helsingin Saksalainen koulu) How effective is THRASS in teaching literacy? By Sarah Yeung, Lewis & Lewis. My initial interest with THRASS (Teaching Handwriting Reading and Spelling Skills) started when I saw these large THRASS charts in classrooms. I began wondering about the approach we take towards teaching literacy, especially for those students who have literacy difficulties. How do you explain that the letter ‘A’ does not always make the ‘a’ sound as in apple? I recently went to the THRASS two-day workshop during the summer holidays. Traditional learning – graphophonic Previous traditional teachings take a ‘graphophonic’ approach, which is the one letter (grapheme) makes one sound (phoneme) approach (e.g. However, when students enter primary school, we struggle to explain to students why these rules don’t apply anymore and that a sound is not always depicted by a specific letter. We often see errors in spelling choices such as ‘woz’ (was), where the letter-sound rule does not apply anymore. The THRASS chart has a consonant and a vowel chart.

Jokapaikan Reetta: Opiskelijaelämää Tartossa Pitkä, kymmenien vanhojen amerikanrautojen letka kiemurtelee Itä-Uudenmaan pienillä maalaisteillä aurinkoisena päivänä. Välillä pysähdytään huoltoasemien isoille pihoille juttelemaan, ... Pitkä, kymmenien vanhojen amerikanrautojen letka kiemurtelee Itä-Uudenmaan pienillä maalaisteillä aurinkoisena päivänä. Lisää Kun monet suomalaiset mieltävät Tallinnan laivat juhlimiseen ja halvan viinan hakureissuiksi, eletään laivoilla myös hyvin toisenlaista arkea. Kun monet suomalaiset mieltävät Tallinnan laivat juhlimiseen ja halvan viinan hakureissuiksi, eletään laivoilla myös hyvin toisenlaista arkea. Ennen oli laivat puuta ja miehet rautaa, nykyään asia on toisinpäin, nauraa 50 vuotta venetelakkaa pyörittänyt Keijo Saarinen. Ennen oli laivat puuta ja miehet rautaa, nykyään asia on toisinpäin, nauraa 50 vuotta venetelakkaa pyörittänyt Keijo Saarinen. Savonlinnalaisella Jyryn voimailusalilla on tiivis tunnelma. Savonlinnalaisella Jyryn voimailusalilla on tiivis tunnelma.

Writing game Writing games provide skills practice with authentic texts … Simple games can provide opportunities for language experience, explicit teaching, coaching and collaboration. Here’s a simple one I was playing recently. You need 45 minutes for crafting, reviewing, revising, sharing and feedback. Start with two sentences: Jack went up the hill. What to do Organise students into pairs or groups of three and explain: Your task is to work with others to enhance the sentences by improving vocabulary, working on the sequence of words or groups of words and providing detail about your ideas which enable readers to imagine what is happening. Your improved sentence should be interesting and grammatically correct. Walk students through the task, one step at a time and allowing time for small group discussion. Instructions Copy the sentences.Cross out the word ‘went’ and substitute another word. Sharing, reflection and feedback Other examples may include: Here’s an innovation from a Year 5 trio below:

Turning Education Upside Down Fixes looks at solutions to social problems and why they work. Three years ago, Clintondale High School, just north of Detroit, became a “flipped school” — one where students watch teachers’ lectures at home and do what we’d otherwise call “homework” in class. Teachers record video lessons, which students watch on their smartphones, home computers or at lunch in the school’s tech lab. In class, they do projects, exercises or lab experiments in small groups while the teacher circulates. Clintondale was the first school in the United States to flip completely — all of its classes are now taught this way. It’s well known by now that online education is booming. Flipping is still in the early stages, with much experimentation about how to do it right. No school has taken flipping as far as Clintondale. After 20 weeks, Green said, Scheel’s flipped students, despite their disadvantages, were outperforming the students in the traditional classroom. “We have nothing to lose,” Green said.

25 Things Writers Should Know About Creating Mystery 1. Your Story Must Be An Incomplete Equation A complete equation is 4 + 5 = 9. 2. This isn’t a list about murder mysteries. 3. A news story is upfront. 4. Put differently, have you heard the one about Betty Crocker and the Egg? 5. Not every mystery is a worthy one. 6. A good ol’ big-ass mystery is a meteor that punches a hole in that once-complete equation we were talking about. 7. Instead of one big mystery, consider instead (or in addition) a series of smaller mysteries: little mini-arcs that rise on the question mark and fall toward the answer. 8. A tiny point, but one worth mentioning: sometimes creating mystery is not an act of asking a question but the deed of providing a clearly incorrect answer. 9. To create suspense and invoke tension, offer the audience a mystery. 10. A mystery must have stakes — we must know why it exists, and what it means for it to go unanswered. 11. Exposition is the mystery-killer. 12. 13. 14. Mysteries are often tied to plot or character. 15. 16. 17.

Mindfulness: What is most personal is most universal “What is most personal is most universal.” – Carl Rogers I’m just back from the launch of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Mindfulness in the Houses of Parliament. This totemic ‘we have arrived’ moment is a small but significant step forward for the diverse and growing movement of people who broadly adhere to a radically sane idea, namely that some experiential awareness of the functioning of our own minds, and greater skill in directing our attention, might be important. It feels like I should give a news flash on the impressive people that were attending and the important things that were said, but the main thing I came away with was a reminder of the statement above by Carl Rogers. The panellists and invited participants included professionals in criminal justice, mental health, education, comedy(!) On the education question the main idea I scribbled down was: “You can’t get to the millions of kids unless you can get to the hundreds of thousands of teachers”… Comments

A List of The Best Free Digital Storytelling Tools for Teachers 1- ZimmerTwins It is all about creative storytelling. ZimmerTwins is a web2.0 tool that allows students to give vent to their imaginative powers and exercise their storytelling skills from early stages to advances ones. 2- Digital Story Telling in The Classroom This section provides resources and materials for teachers to use with their students in storytelling. It helps students personalize their learning and perform better. 3- Story Bird This is an awesome website that allows students and teachers to create short art inspired stories to read, share or print out. 4- Someries Someries is a fantastic storytelling site . 5- PicLits This is another awesome website where students can choose a picture and start drawing or writing a text on it to create a story. 6- Generator This is a creative studio space where students explore the moving image and create their own digital stories to share with others. 9- Domo Animate This is one of the best tools online for digital story telling.

Education 3.0: How can the corporate world learn from children? Written by Roxane Liddell I recently watched an inspirational and informative YouTube video on a TED talk by Sugata Mitra on the Self Organised Learning Environment (SOLE). Mitra explored the natural inquisitiveness of children and their thirst for knowledge using just a simple computer. He found children sharing knowledge, exchanging ideas and teaching each other. As a former primary school teacher, I know that children in their nature are inquisitive. This way of thinking in the classroom is illustrated in Mitra’s SOLE project, and in a new programme which is evolving in communities and institutions across the globe using digital technology and social constructivism: Education 3.0. Allowing learners work to co-design learning experiences in a collaborative environmentAccommodating for learning experiences to take place through unstructured peer-to-peer learning ‘Social learning helps groups of people share their knowledge in non-hierarchical ways…’ Harold Jarche

The Literacy Block Saturday, 7 July 2012 at 3:47 pm A literacy block should provide a balanced program of literacy instruction including the following teaching/learning approaches to support reading and writing. Essential Reading Components: Modelled Reading occurs when an expert reader reads a difficult text to less experienced readers, enabling the experienced reader to model how effective readers sound, solve and think about texts when readingThe “think aloud” strategy is used strategically by the expert reader to model thinking and problem solving actions. Reading Aloud occurs when an expert reader reads a difficult text to less experienced readers for the purposes of: building a community of readers,creating shared experiences amongst students,exposing students to new ideas, story lines, characters and contexts,exposing students to new vocabulary, text and language structures,building a love of reading. Shared Reading Guided Reading Guided Reading/Reciprocal Teaching Independent Reading Modelled Writing The Aim

Should Math Really Be A Required Subject? Nicholson Baker hates math.* The novelist and nonfiction writer spends almost eight pages of this month's Harper's Magazine making the case that compulsory algebra courses in American education are at best, wrongheaded, and at worst, downright cruel. Baker isn't the first to suggest we turn the much-maligned subject into an academic elective, in order to put those who struggle endlessly with math out of unnecessary misery. Last summer, a New York Times op-ed by Andrew Hacker made much the same point: The myriad roadblocks in our educational system that can only be surpassed by proving competent in algebra and upper level math--like high school exit exams and college applications, even for future arts majors--set up the non math-minded to fail, and often, to drop out of school altogether, he posits. So why are we so into algebra? As someone who, despite being kind of generally pretty good at math, loathed Algebra II, I'm a bit inclined to agree with Hacker's and Baker's views.

How To Encourage Student Leadership The shelves of books on leadership at the bookstore or library take a variety of different approaches to the topic. Some may trumpet vague ideas about “synergizing paradigms” or they may offer simplistic concepts that are just as unhelpful. Certain characteristics on what being a good leader consists of may be agreed upon by many, such as displaying empathy and ambition, but when the focus is on the students in your classroom, certain specific characteristics can indicate the traits of a potentially good leader. Trust is something that comes up repeatedly in discussions on the idea of leadership. Student leadership qualities Leadership in general can be defined a variety of different ways, but the following are some concrete factors for evaluating students on their abilities to take on leadership roles: Tomorrow’s leaders No matter the academic discipline or pursuit, leadership often comes down to take on the tasks that others aren’t willing to do or would rather not do.