Yesterday was spent in an all day conference with guest speaker Michael Westwall. It was a timely reminder of some of the principles of changing teaching pedagogy that i have been exposed to through the Brisbane Edutech conferences over the past two years. Often i find myself bogged down with the assessment and written evidence of student learning rather then focussing on what and how they are learning, and thinking. It’s a challenge when so much of our recording and expectations are whether students can write effective essays to show what they have learnt rather then assessing what they think about topics.
i had a ponder about my current classes and how i have slipped into the familiar patterns of teaching at them rather then developing skills with them. Ive know looked at my programmes and adapted, even thrown some out completely and started afresh. This is particularly useful now because I've got to know the students more and can focus on a program which is going to be the most practical and useful for them.
Today my yr 9 class looked at the events in the novel we are reading and in groups placed them in order of when they happened. We then looked at the events again and this time we looked at which events were the most important. Out of 11 events it was interesting that all groups chose the same event as the most important.
The year 8 class have started watching the movie Tomorrow when the war began to match with the novel as time will prevent us from finishing the book before the end of term. We will then look at parts of the film and novel in comparison.
Yr 10 History are still working on survey’s about students knowledge of war. Most of the surveys have been completed and students are now collating the results and thinking about how best to present the information.
Yr 10 Geography spent today finishing off a few pieces of work as we are starting a new topic tomorrow and I need a long lesson to start :)
This blog is a record of the day to day classroom activities for teachers, parents and students. This is also a bit of a personal record for myself on how things are going and what each class is working on.