Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Teacher Appreciation

Awww so sweet. It was Teacher Appreciation day! Its the first time I have experienced it! Maybe its an American thing - but such a simple gesture but made my day!

Bags are placed around for students to write notes to their teacher. There were all opportunities for them to write a short note during their lunch break or free time.

Since I was new I was hoping to get one - I was stoked to find I had a few and I even scored some chocolate!! Feeling the love Woooo!

Friday, 26 July 2013

Roll Up! Roll Up! New Pins have arrived!!

New Pins have arrived on Pintrest! If you don't know what Pintrest is then read my post about it here
Check the new pins out! Theres new pins for Math, Science, Technology, Teaching Strategies and a new category of Common Core. Search for MissM or click here to go straight to my Pintrest Page

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Menu Board

Teaching can be such an isolated profession. At points you only know what is happening inside your classroom.

I have had a few chances to go into other teachers classrooms and for them to come into mine. Apart from being a little nervous, its so good to see, hear and learn from what's happening in other classroom. I always find something new and interesting. This is not always possible (time, timetable, etc) so I find it always exciting to have a look on Pintrest or spend some time looking at some blogs - you never know what you might find...

The post on the blog spoke about using Menu's as a way to differentiate activities. There was a tic-tac-toe example. I read an exert from the book Differentiating using Menus and found it quite fascinating - something I wish to read a bit more about and see how I might be able to incorporate them into my teaching.

For inspiration and alternative ways to create choice for students - for example, getting them to choose  a main, side dish and desert options - have I got you curious? Check out this pdf

Ms Bothworth's blog has some great examples of math menu boards.

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Quick Response Codes (QR Codes)

I have been noticing more and more QR codes in papers or on posters. You might also recognize them as those funny barcode like stamp. It got my interested and curious to know what they are, what can be done with them and how hard would it be to incorporate into class.
Use a QR scanner to scan the above code that will take you to my blogs homepage! Made with qrstff.com

Edutopia has some interesting ways in whish it could be incorporated. Or even, BBC has an article on QR codes and education.

Initially while surfing the net I came across Michelle Whites blog. She used her QR codes for a meet and greet self tour of the room. What a great idea! All images are from Mrs Whites 5th Grade Blog, and you can read more about her QR room on her blog here.


Many ideas can be found on Pintrest, blogs and resource sharing websites (such as TES, TeachersPay Teachers etc).

Ideas range from using them for sharing information, websites, worksheets, games, scavenger hunts, answers keys, links to videos,summary etc.

In practically different ideas I came across was:

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Real Life Laybrinths

Embarrassingly I have just got around to writing and sending off an envelope to my old vice principal who I worked with. In this envelope contains an article from the London Metro newspaper. I had seen this article early in my London adventure and ripped it out with good intentions to send it to her - then life got in the road. I had kept it for months and finally today I popped it in an envelope and is on its way to the shores of Australia.

The article is about Labyrinths. This year, the London Underground celebrated its 150th birthday. One of the things to celebrate this is they got one of Brittan's leading artists, Mark Wallinger (2007 Turner Prize winner) to create a uniquely designed labyrinth for 270 stations.

Wallinger with one of his Underground creations (Picture: The Standard)

The article, An art legacy for London's Underground can be found here. A short video and article by the Guardian newspaper can be found online also.

The reason I send this to my colleague as she was heavily involved in faith and wellbeing at my previous school. Towards the end of last year I went to a Profession Development where I was first introduced to them along with the history, symbolism and use.

I found it a fascinating mesh of history, faith and art in one creation. I am curious to see how I might be able to incorporate these works of art into a lesson.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Breaking News! TES comes to Australia!

TES is a great resource for sharing and exploring resources in regards to the UK curriculum. 

For those who love using the TES in Australia, they have just launched an Australian version at: www.tesaustralia.com