Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Grammar Posters

My "Ideas for Grammar and Punctuation" board on Pinterest has been growing and growing.

Recently I had one class of my students write a practice narrative for an upcoming exam. We had concentrated on how to use descriptive language, dialogue, paragraphing, character development. It was evident from the drafts that they had generally utilised these appropriately.

What they didn't do well, was use appropriate grammar.

When asked about it, common responses included

"We know we should have used a capital letter at the start of the sentence but.."
"I can see that I should have used three sentences there instead of one big long one but..."
"Full stops? Yes I know where they go..."

However they didn't do it. They knew about it, but couldn't be bothered.

In a real assessment item, this means significant problems as the meaning of the students work is affected, and can be difficult to read. Without clear grammar, punctuation and spelling, it doesn't matter how wonderful the descriptive language is - you can't see if for the errors.

So I went back to Pinterest. What could I use that had been shared to support my students. There are some very clever people around who have distilled some complex ideas into easily understood concepts to allow students to access the information more easily.

Key websites that I have used to build my Grammar Tips Posters included the following:



These posters can be downloaded as a PDF from my Dropbox.

Visit my Flickr page for images that can be downloaded in various sizes.

They have been created using Stampin Up's My Digital Studios with the font Castor One.

It hasn't been my intention to breach copyright or the intellectual property of any person or site. If you have any concerns, please post a comment below and I will rectify the situation immediately. 

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Promoting Reading

Promoting a love of reading among my students has become a primary project of mine.

I currently have a range of student-friendly posters up around classroom from a previous post.

Now I would like to have some specifically to share amongst my staff, with key messages. I want them up in our resource room, not only to brighten the space, but also to remind them that we need to promoting a love of reading with our students.

Each of the posters below are available as .jpeg and .pdf files.


Click on the image above to download from my Flickr account. Click here for access to a PDF copy.

The font used in this poster is Cucho Bold. Images are from a Kelly Jane Creative collection. Both have been purchased with a commercial licence.

While these quotes are focused on books, my message to students through my staff is that that our students just need to read. It doesn't have to be a book.

It can be anything: a magazine, a comic book, a newspaper...whatever is going to spark their interest. We have to be explicit about finding the right text for them to read. We need to talk to them and find out their interests. We need to find ways for our students to share their interests and recommendations.

I will be sharing some of the strategies I'm trying out in future posts.

As a start though, I'm having the poster below put up in classrooms. The four simple steps to reinforce what they need to do to "read for pleasure".

Click on the image above to download from my Flickr account. Click here for access to a PDF copy. 

This poster has been created in Stampin Up's My Digital Studio. Fonts include KG Alphabet Regurgitated and KG Primary Whimsy. The embellishment is from the Storytime collection.

Friday, 6 February 2015

February Wallpaper

February's wallpaper...better late than never...

This wallpaper was made with using Stampin Up's My Digital Studios:

     Designer Series Paper/_Designer Kits/Love This - designer series paper/Love This - 1

    _Designer Kits/Love This/Love This - heart with triangles, Color = TANGERINE TANGO 243,114,82
    _Designer Kits/Love This/Love This - love, Color = GUMBALL GREEN 105,132,51
    Copyright Stamps/Copyright Stamps - brackets, Color = 0,0,0

    1.25 Circle Punch, Fill Color = 230,WATERMARK 255,255,255
    Rounded Corner Punch, Fill Color = POOL PARTY 169,221,199     

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