This was one of my goals this year. I wanted to run a Presentation of Learning (POL), High Tech High style. Post experience, it’s got to be one of the most valuable things I’ve done in years. The day started off pretty rough – students pulling out, panel members not showing up etc. Then, our first speaker gets up. She’s shaking. The moment she starts … Continue reading Presentation of Learning
This week has been massive! We have two very cool projects about to launch (I’ve just added them to Project Cards – House of Cards and Mosquito Project). Johnny and I have spent a rainy Sunday holed up project planning – feels like the good ol’ days. Anyway, we’ve got very some cool Entry Events planned which I’ll get back to soon, and I’m experimenting … Continue reading Coming Soon…
Welcome to my ah ha moment. I’ve just figured out why my gallery walks haven’t always been so successful; the ones that have worked have been spontaneous, springing from a genuine need for feedback. The ones that haven’t have been neatly scheduled moments in my program. Today was one of the more successful moments. I ran a refining workshop with Johnny’s class – they’re still … Continue reading Kind, helpful, specific feedback
I’ve already posted about our 50 word stories, (here and here) they’ve since become a staple with all my classes. But what I haven’t covered is how we share these with the world. Cue today’s blog. The original idea sprung from Chipotle’s Cultivating Thought Author Series , and resulted in me ordering 200 coffee sleeves late one night in the whirlwind of excitement… Luckily, the … Continue reading What you like a story with that?
As a year 7 teacher this year I get to juggle multiple curriculum hats. I love it, except for the fact that I suck at geography. Let’s rephrase that, it’s an area with ample opportunities for development… (que my growth mindset!) One thing I am good at is throwing myself into new challenges, especially when it’s student driven. So a few months ago my year 7’s … Continue reading Finders Keepers!
Last year our school set out to create a flexible learning space in the hopes of accommodating students lines of desire and facilitate their creativity. This is the end result. Best classroom ever! Whilst the colour and cubes are fantastic, what I really love about this room is the fact that everything is writeable; the walls, the tables, THE LOT. This is a fantastic resource … Continue reading Welcome to our class. Please, pull up a… cube?
I adore my Year 12 Studies kids. They are the most amazingly creative and eccentric group of people. What I hate, is the label that seems to be attached to our subject. 12mths ago when we came together I tore through the first lesson (with what in hindsight could be described at manic enthusiasm) determined to break the stereotype of ‘bludge‘, ‘film studies‘ that plagued … Continue reading English Studies… It’s a bludge, right?