Saturday, February 9, 2008

Too Busy to post (part 2)

What have I been doing that took up all my time this week? You might ask. Well, besides nurturing a niggling back pain that makes it impossible for me to sit in an upright chair and type just normal teaching stuff really or should I say 21st century teacher stuff.

1) Preparing diagnostic Mathematics and Spelling tests on Moodle (rather time consuming to set up but worth it in the end given that all the marking is done for you). A definite shift in teacher time though.

2) Putting my planning online in wiki format to make it more transparent for parents and students.

3) Rethinking the way I teach 'Current Events' Adding it to Moodle and using RSS feeds to pull in events as they happen, encouraging students to use the internet as their preferred media delivery mode and discussing events with each other in forums.

4) Limiting my visits to the photocopying room. In fact I've only photocopied one thing all term. Okay so I copied 150,Yr7 camp lists for the whole syndicate but that's not a worksheet and was definitely necessary.

5) Working with the Enviro Committee to produce energy monitoring sheets to be used to check classes have switched off lights and heating etc. Using the open office spread sheets on my Asus computers of course. Talk about transferable skills I don't even think the Yr5/6 students in the Enviro Committee realised they weren't on windows they just clicked the spreadsheet button and were away. Amazing really considering they'd never been on the machine before.

6) Meet the Parents Evening discussing the use of the Asus in the classroom and preparing them for the devices to go home on Monday.

Well that's six more posts from me all in one go but just the same if you ask me.

1 comment:

Getting it in perspective said...

Hey interesting approach for current events. I struggle with this one. I am interested in world events, sports personally and not adverse to a little gossip etc. I personally ? the place of current events based on recall but like the idea of discussion etc.may help us move down in Glassers list

How We Learn

10% of what we READ

20% of what we HEAR

30% of what we SEE

50% of what we SEE and HEAR

70% of what is DISCUSSED with OTHERS

80% of what is EXPERIENCED PERSONALLY

95% of what we TEACH TO SOMEONE ELSE

William Glasser