Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Beginning the 2017 School Year - some practical activities to select from

Begin the year in style

The summer holidays in the Southern Hemisphere are coming to an end and teachers will be starting to think about the new year and  their new group of students.

Over the years I have posted  a set of readings of ideas to select from that may be of use at the beginning of the year.

From the feedback I receive some people have found them of use so here they are again.

Take a quick look - you never know might be something worthwhile to make use of.

What are the students' attitudes toward aspects of the curriculum?

 It is a good idea to survey the views/attitudes towards various aspects of learning before you introduce your curriculum. This idea will show you what attitudinal areas of learning you need to focus on.

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Beginning the school year - sharing our stories. The power of personal writing.

 It is a cliche for teachers to begin the year by asking students to write about their holidays but if n done in a focused way it is still an excellent idea. In the process it is an opportunity to introduce to the class ideas of quality and doing something well. We all like to have our 'voice' and identity valued.

Introducing  the idea of Carol Dweck's 'growth mindset' through a simple portrait activity.

The skill of observation is a neglected skill  but it is an excellent way to help the students really focus, learn not to rush through things and again to develop an appreciation of quality.

It is a good idea to recognize and value the talents and interests your students bring to your class - introducing the important ideas of Howard Gardner.

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It is important that students appreciate how they learn. Some students have  developed poor attitudes towards learning through negative experiences need 'learning recovery' assistance

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Ideas to help your students develop an appreciation of your 'stance' towards teaching/learning. Introducing the ideas of Robert Fried and Dr Glasser ( and Socrates)

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 Extra reading for a little more depth about learning.


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