Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Awesome toolkits today

Blogging is going to be a lot more enjoyable.
Thank you Fiona and the team at Glenn Innes School awesome toolkits 
I'm going to be design blogging all night.

Monday, 3 August 2015

How has my teaching changed?

What has changed and why do I think this?

My class is now 20 very enthusiastic and energetic students. So this had made a huge impact on the way we do reading groups now. The area where I have notice significant change in my teaching is in reading. 
  • I am finding that I am not getting enough time to listen to all my reading groups.
  • The children are not getting the best out of their reading.
  • I feel there is no quality reading coming from my students.
  • The students are not enthusiastic about reading.
What did I change?

  • I have made time in our day for me to read to the students so they can get excited about reading again with books they want to listen too.
  • I don't try to get through 7 reading groups in 1 day however, my goal is 3-4 groups a day depending on absentees or just the general atmosphere in the room.
  • There are benefits to taking home the same book for 2 nights (reading mileage, word recognition, knowledge of HFW)  
  • Students are not reading the book together. They are now reading pages of their book individually using 1-1 pointing using the Gwenneth Phillips reading strategy.
I know this is working because I am feeling a lot better about setting goals and expectations for myself and my students. The students are also making progress in their reading levels.

Problem Solving

My first attempt at problem solving with mixed ability groups. I put a problem up on the board and the students were given a pencil and pape...