Friday, 13 April 2018

Evaluation & Sustainability - Term 1 2018

How will you sustain the habits that are promoting success for your students?

Cut-Up sentences for those who cannot write a sentence. Dictation will continue for those who are
able to recognise lots of words. Continue to read them 5 books a day - for everybody to increase
participation and creative.


What did you learn as a teacher / what surprised you?
The power of reading a book repeatedly helps not just to calm chn from either before breaks or after
breaks, but also increases chn's confidence to talk, read and participate in class discussions.
Chn also learns to dive deeper into the story's meaning preparing them for more complex stories in the future.

Quick60 programme - Alphabets programme helps chn to identify words either by sounds or names easily.
Giving a story for each letter helps chn to remember sounds or names. Using simple language to form
letters also helped. These are simple things to do - it helps when the lesson is structured and organised wisely.

How will you transfer your new learning to other students / curriculum areas?  
Adjust my timetable - new group for quick60 alphabets programme, quick60 group from term 1
will move on to reading books
Reading Book repeatedly will continue and it is for everyone.
Cut - up sentences for the new entrants for this term.
Maths - use of Talk Moves - wait, rephrase, repeat, add on, agree/disagree
Reading - Use of Talk Moves - encourage participation and sharing (taking turn and waiting for their turns)


Friday, 23 March 2018

How to inspire every child to be a lifelong reader ...

Ideas Worth Spreading

https://www.ted.com/talks/alvin_irby_how_to_inspire_every_child_to_be_a_lifelong_reader?utm_source=newsletter_daily&utm_campaign=daily&utm_medium=email&#t-402406
These are some of the ideas that I am trying to practice in class, and
I know that these practices help motivate and change my students'
attitudes toward reading.
  • Regular reading
  • Regular spelling test/check
  • Regular writing / summarising of the book

And these are some of the ideas that I adopt and plan to use during my reading lessons.
I am currently using them all but I think I need to spend more time on planning the
questions and prompts to use. I have a library corner in the classroom and children
are using it as they wish. Taking them to the library more often will also be a focus
for this year.
  • Teaching and learning should be two ways - co-creative of knowledge
  • Child friendly corner for children to read - could be done anywhere - as long as it connects children to reading
  • Children looks for a book that will make them laugh - if relevant, a male models into early reading literacy

Have a listen and I hope this video inspires you!!


Monday, 19 March 2018

Why reading a book repeatedly is good for kids?


GOAL
Will reading 5 books/poems repeatedly to my learners (multi-modal texts) a day increase their ability to create/tell their own story?

Teaching & Learning  
LINK - why reading a book repeatedly is good for kids

Indicators of progress
(what I’m looking for that shows I’m making a difference to student progress)
Increase word and vocabulary recognition
Increase confident and participation in class discussion
Increase ability to create a story similar to what they hear

Checkpoint
After 7-8 weeks
- there is an increase in chn’s participation in book discussion
- increase in chn talk
- chn are much calmer than before when a book is read to them
- chn can make predictions & create their own story

NEXT STEP
And continue with 5 books reading to the chn a day



Friday, 16 March 2018

Power of Cut-Up sentences


Goal:
Will using of cut-up sentences (ipads) everyday increase learners’ confidence in writing, letter formation, and spelling strategies?

Teaching & Learning
Knowing the learner - hyperlink
LINK - The power of cut-up sentences

Indicators of progress
(what I’m looking for that shows I’m making a difference to student progress)
Increase word and vocabulary recognition
Increase confident and participation in class discussion
Increase ability to write their story independently
Increase ability to create a story similar to what they hear

Checkpoint
After 7-8 weeks
- chn are beginning to write their own story using word wall & other
resources because they can recognise words now (HL, MM, PV, ST, DL)
- increase in vocab and word recognition

NEXT STEP
Use cut-up sentences for new entrants and those who cannot write but can tell a story.





What if all teachers had high expectations for every student?

Watch this short video - it's about teachers with High Expectations,  using flexible groupings, and creating warm classroom climates.

You could use this as a focus for your inquiry.



Classroom Rules - Post #2

Sometimes repeating rules and routines to new entrants can be a little too much, especially finding the right time to repeat & reinforce the rules. As a PB4L school, we decided to display those rules  & routines in a way that everyone (teachers, relievers and students etc.) entering the classroom follow the rules easily.

Here are  visual displays of our classroom rules & routines.

Goal: for everyone to be able to read and follow routines quickly.