This week has really tested my commitment to blogging once a week! Our first full week back at school and things are really in full swing, meetings each night, all specialist classes running, EVERYTHING!
The Learning How to Learn program, which runs for the first two weeks of school, aims to set up our expectations for the coming year. This includes students’ expectations of me as a teacher, of each other as classmates and the expectations I have of them. We run through these for all subject areas, the way we expect to behave during a literacy lesson might be very different from a Performing Arts lesson, for example.
I also use the time to give students an idea what they can expect for me as far as the types of learning activities I will facilitate for them. I am very conscious of the fact that hand on activities are almost completely gone from the Level 3 and 4 teaching at my school and I am aiming to bring them back. As the ICT Coordinator for the school I am also tasked with trialling new tech ideas so we are starting out using a few new programs (more on this in coming posts).
Along with the lack of hands on learning in areas such as maths, we also have a focus on creative thinking. An activity I love, which I do every year and have shared before, is a great insight into the creative thinking of my students. There are two girls who always ask to look at the class example to ‘get ideas’ when what they really want to do is ‘copy ideas’ – I know this is something I will have to tackle. I also have 3 or 4 who rush to be finished to move on to something else, showing very little pride in the standard or quality of their work.
I also wanted to make a start on our first Genius Hour ‘projects’ but was not sure how it would go. I have never attempted Genius Hour with students so young, but I think that their initial ideas show promise. We are finalising our first proposals this week and I will write more about the process in a coming post.
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