My Pond of Knowledge

A portfolio of classroom learning, both students' and my own personal.


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So, what’s been taking all this time?

Yes, I am aware that this poor blog site has been incredibly neglected…. It has almost been a whole term, Term 1. And there’s the answer.

Term 1 is that crazy, busy term. In every classroom, not just in my small cabbage patch-(yes, a whole room of very green cherubs).

And why?

Because it is the term for building relationships. From the simple… knowing their favourite colour to offer it to them before they ask, chatting to the younger brother or sister who comes into the room in the morning, checking out those wobbly teeth (and predicting how many days it will be before it comes out)

Establishing trust with a new group of parents. For they entrust their precious people into our room.

I spend most of Term 1 showing MY three jobs:

Yes, I need to tell the cherubs that these are my jobs, but I hope to SHOW them that these are my jobs through my words and actions.

Here are my “jobs”

1. My first job is to keep ‘you’ safe,

2. My secondj’job is to LOVE ‘you’,

3. My third ‘job’ is to help ‘you’ learn.

And that is it!

It’s simple really.

But it is more than words….. and that takes TIME.

So, that is where I have been.

What about you?

Is Term 1 emotionally draining for you too? (please say yes, please say yes).


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Boys…. there is a difference

I’m a bit passionate about supporting Boys with their learning. There are books, hundreds of books which tell us that boys learn in a different way than girls.

I have a son and a daughter. I work in a classroom. I’ve read the books – but I didn’t really need to to know that it is true.

My son is 10. He has had an “assignment” for a few weeks. The brief is to select an electrical appliance and explain how it works.

Sounds good.

He has had several lessons where he has been able to research on the computers. He has to produce an A3 poster with his research.

Yep, he’s disengaged already.

At school we are submitting our preferences for 2013: teaching year levels.

I love teaching 5 year olds, and it is still my first preference… but I have also asked to work in Middle Primary – because sometimes hands on is best practice, regardless of your age… and especially if you are a boy.

This is a video of my son explaining how the toaster works. I tried to record his first “meeting” with the toaster – it was great to catch his excitement and realisation that he had a great deal of knowledge already – based on experience….. however, my daughter’s iPod had no memory to store the video. 😦 So this is Take 2 – so you can at least get the idea.

 

 

Now, we just need to fit it on an A3 poster…..