Story telling with slides…

Photo credit: flikr Two years ago I was very fortunate to be part of an in-house training session where our excellent and highly creative Literacy coordinator talked about the importance of story telling. During the training, he talked passionately about the need for teachers to take a small amount of time each week/day to readContinue reading “Story telling with slides…”

Photographing Time

Photo Credit: Wallpaper Flare Time! Or more particularly chronology is a concept that most primary school students find very difficult to understand. And why wouldn’t they? How can a seven year old child be expected to understand the differences between the Romans and the Egyptians when they haven’t had a chance to develop any sort of personal historical record. They just haven’tContinue reading “Photographing Time”

Give me the tools and I will build!

What do I think of visual media? Personally, I can’t get enough of it. Ever since I was a tiny tot I have been a slave to anything that is large, eye catching, colourful, bright or tells me something interesting. In fact I have dedicated large parts of my childhood, teen years and adult life to absorbing as muchContinue reading “Give me the tools and I will build!”

The Bystander’s Guide To a Collaborative RUA

And so I near the end of a second course on the COETAIL journey. It is fair to say that this project provided me the greatest test I had faced on the COETAIL course so far; yet it also has to be said that it has provided me with the greatest reward – the finalised RUA that my group created. Another major difference which has made thisContinue reading “The Bystander’s Guide To a Collaborative RUA”

The Greatest Quiz Machine Ever?

The Quiz – is this one of the greatest inventions ever? I mean who doesn’t love a good quiz? Since I can remember (which admittedly isn’t that long ago), people have always wanted to test their understanding and knowledge by taking part in ‘The Quiz’. As a medium, it provides so many of our socialContinue reading “The Greatest Quiz Machine Ever?”

Will somebody please help Robin!

Robin’s Tale Robin is seven years old. He has just received his first school email address and his parents have just bought him a brand new iPad for his birthday. He has an older sister who is 15 years old. She spends most evenings on her laptop chatting to her boyfriend, friends and classmates aboutContinue reading “Will somebody please help Robin!”

Fagin’s law

What does teaching and learning look like? Well, I would suggest that teaching and learning comes in a wide variety of forms. Sometimes the learning may be teacher centred, at other times it is student centred, it may involve small groups working together, it may involve a larger group discussion, it may have an independentContinue reading “Fagin’s law”

Facebookphobia!

Ladies and gentlemen, at this moment I have no facebook page and I probably never will! I do have a linked-in account but I have never really used it. Yes I have email addresses, a class Twitter feed and this blog but that is the extent of my gloriously limited electronic imprint upon the WorldContinue reading “Facebookphobia!”

Hey everyone! Look at me!

What exactly was a digital footprint?…Did I have a digital footprint? To be completely honest I just didn’t know! How was I supposed to find the answers to my questions? Well, I decided that I needed to spend more time looking at a variety of different articles on what a digital footprint actually was. AfterContinue reading “Hey everyone! Look at me!”

Teeth…Glorious Teeth!

Teeth? Hmmm…how do you make this topic interesting to children? As far as I am aware, the most interesting thing about teeth for children is the tooth fairy! So let’s be frank, the topic is dry – really dry! When we sat down, as a year group, to discuss this topic there was a definite feeling of apathy and very littleContinue reading “Teeth…Glorious Teeth!”