I have been enjoying working on some infographics for students to help them pace themselves and develop good habits while they are learning remotely from home. This one focusses on their morning routine and starting the day well. I have been using Piktochart‘s free account and finding it pretty straightforward if you adapt their readymade templates.
Here is a quick modification of an infographic template I got from the Piktochart website. Very easy to do and looks great!
With many students across the world being taught remotely right now, the team at my school have recognised the need for students to be much better at managing themselves and their time. We need to give them the tools for success so I made a quick video tutorial to help them use their Outlook calendar more effectively to plan their day.
Let me know what you think. Credit to Simpletivity for the idea!
Click here for the presentation I gave at the 2015 AISNSW Languages Conference.
Here’s how it works:
I just made my first visit to the Japanese shop Daiso and it was very successful! Everything in the store is $2.80 so I went a bit crazy buying mini whiteboards, headphones, pens, fly swatters (for classroom games) and a toy microphone. So, if you’re looking for a whole new range of fun and cute additions to your classroom, try it!
I have been delving into the world of formative assessment and the work of Dylan Wiliam. While his name and ideas are not new to me and you, I have decided to use more of his recommended techniques in my French classroom, particularly with year 8. I found the Classroom Experiment videos to be very helpful in doing this. So, what have I tried?
- No hands up – everyone gets thinking time and anyone could be picked to answer a question.
- Mini whiteboards (very successful) – everyone is the class has to show their understanding which then flows into how I continue the lesson.
- Secret student – I am the only one who knows who is going to be responsible for the whole class’s behaviour and depending on how that student behaves, the whole class either get a Class Dojo point or not.
As a staff committee we are working through the key ideas from Wiliam, which will then shape our school conference next year. I want to try out some of the methods beforehand in order to really understand their impact on student learning. One of the best known techniques is no grades on student work, which I will be trialing with my Year 11 class soon.
What has worked in your classroom for formative assessment and student achievement?