Which marking pile would you prefer? Which do you think would motivate the students to taking ownership of their books and their work?.... Time for a poll I think...
#FF what a great hashtag, FollowFriday - sharing those Tweeters you know about with others so they can follow them too...
But what happens when you are new to Twitter? Who gives you a shout out and introduces you to people who teach the same subject, the same age range?....
I have already got a long list of AST/SLEs on my website - I started that one a long time ago, so tweeters couls have an idea of who to tweet at for help/support.
So why a new list? Simple - to make available a list of Tweeters for different subject areas. Are you prepared to put your name on the list if so click here for the spreadsheet. This list is simply what is says on the tin - a list of teachers that are on twitter and the subject they teach.
I am always amazed at the generosity, imagination and skill of the people in my Twitter network. Some of the resources that they produce are publishable quality and then some - yet they share them freely...
So I want to celebrate these people show what they can do and let others know about the amazing stuff that is out there.
I am beginning a list of downloadable resources with links to the websites that they come from so you have an idea about what you might find there before you click. The pages will be broken down by subject as well so if you need say, Physics resources, you don't have to go all around the other subjects to find them.
Please share this page with anyone that you know has a great website that supports Teaching and Learning, that has amazing resources that they freely share and I will share them on my website if they contact me with a few details about their website/blog/resources.
How can I get them...
Simply "google" QR code generator - there are loads of free ones out there that you can use to create QR codes of any of the following:
So - what is your teaching resolution for the next year?
In my last post I talked of my happy moments of 2013 and my wishes for 2014, what I felt I didn't address was a teaching resolution for the year 2014 - so I decided upon a #teachingresolution2014.
As ever when I think about my teaching, my students are at the forefront of what I am doing. I have noticed that they are not really able to write good revision notes, and despite much support and intervention, they still struggle with extended writing ... so I decided to tackle these two at once...
And so the "Learning Journal" was born
Will it work.... who knows, but I am going to give it a try!
‘Independent study is a process, a method and a philosophy of education:
What a hard task to achieve...
Independent learning is something that as an AST I am constantly asked to support colleagues with or demonstrate in galleried lessons. 2 of the more valuable, yet easy to use, resources can be seen below and a full article can be found on my website here
One other thing to note - if the students are working in groups it is advisable to assign them roles, again you can find a resource for it here.
I have recently seen loads of great examples of foldables on Twitter, so I decided to have a go myself. I have a C/D GCSE set who often struggle with taking their own notes, bit love posters - this seemed like a good cross-over between the two. And, if I can copy them onto a number of different colours of card, it should persuade even the pickiest amongst them to have a go.
So I set to trying one - well trying to write the outline of one as this would be their first go at it. Next up in my teaching scheme is metal extraction and the reactivity series, it seemed to lend itself quite well to a foldable...
And the finished result can be seen on the right. I hope that I have given enough information and prompts to support them, while also leaving it open enough for them to be more independent.
There will also be levelled LI's with the lesson, so the class can see what is needed for the D/C/B grades.
Feedback on the foldable is welcome.
Will report back with how it goes...
I really didn't believe it when I was told that Twitter was a great CPD / PLD tool - my thoughts really were "Isn't it just a social network for the kids and glitterarti?" But I have been more than proven wrong and in fact have become something of a Twitter addict!
Twitter rapidly has become my resource of choice and I have learnt so much from it.
The support network I have gained is invaluable, so many teachers and educators working together to provide each other with help and support. There have been times when I have felt like I am swimming upstream - but Twitter teachers have been there to help me and supported me through with help, resources and #twitterhugs.
My resolution for 2013 - to help as many other teachers on Twitter as I can, to provide resources that can be used on Twitter and on my website to help and support teachers far and wide.
So thank you to Mr Wickens PE who got me into Twitter in the first place... I am enjoying it and have now joined the blogosphere too... What next???
If you want to follow me on Twitter click here.
SLE, Science AST, Coaching trainer, Learning & Teaching coach, ITT mentor, professional tutor been in this job for many years - always happy to help. Always looking for new ideas!