Saturday, 17 May 2014

Writing a Reading Program

Reading is a priority for my school and I'm working on a program that will operate across Year 7 & 8 to address a range of areas that we've identified.

I'm trying to find the buy-in with the students, parents and the teachers across all subjects.

We are all teachers of reading, but we need to know how to teach reading first.

We need to have the skills to break down 'reading' for our students before we can just assume they can all do it.

It's a marathon, not a sprint. This is a cultural change that we need to enact across the whole school.

At the moment we are looking at silent, sustained reading, guided reading and SRA labs in group rotations.

Any advice? What have you tried? What has worked for you?

What is a teacher?

Thursday, 15 May 2014

A small group of thoughtful committed citizens

This is a favourite quote.

Sometimes it is important to remember that we don't have to do everything on our own. That there are likeminded people out there who think and believe the same things.

And if they don't...if they push your can unfollow or block.

This poster has been made using Stampin Up's My Digital Studios, DSP Beautiful Today - 4, Flag Punch and font, Dead Hardy.
Sunday, 11 May 2014

Testing Times

The NAPLAN tests are occurring in Australian schools this week.

I find it interesting that last week Academics from around the world sent an open letter to the OECD's director of the Programme for International of Student Assessment expressing their concern about standardised testing and its impact on student learning.

You can read about the open letter here.

My own personal concerns about the impact of NAPLAN on students and curriculum aside, it's something that we have to do.

So to brighten up the test room and to let other students know that they need to respect their peers while the exams are on, I've designed a couple of signs to put up.

I thought I would share them so others could use them if they want.

The first is to put around the test rooms, so that all students are aware of what is happening and show respect for their peers.

This sign is for the classroom itself. While there can't be anything in the room that may be something that can 'assist' students, I hope that a motivational sign might encourage students to do their best.

These signs have been created using Stampin Up's My Digital Studios. The first sign has DSP - My First Day, Stamps Banner Blast - outline flag & Extreme Elements - stars. The font used is Stacked. The second sign uses DSP - My First Day and DSP - Be Awesome Today: 7. Fonts used include Citizen Slab, Castor One and Earwig.
Tuesday, 6 May 2014

May Wallpaper

And it's quickly the year goes by...

This wallpaper was created using Stampin Up's My Digital Studio DSP Dropping You A Line - 2, Embellishments Dropping You A Line - mail label and Stamp Dropping You Line - letter back. The font used is KG Skinny Love.