Sunday, February 28, 2010

3 days off to do my own eLearning! a$$$

Woop Woop I thought. 3 days release. Imagine what things I could do in this time. Spend more than 30 mins with the digikids, maybe re-design our Y4 home page, go visit a couple of schools. . . ohh the possibilities!! The reality . . . spend 3 days visiting lots of classes to get most of them started on their ePortfolios!
Most teachers had at least STARTED updating their ePorts and were updating them to the set requirements. But there were some who must have been at the staff meeting only in body as their minds must have been off dreaming because Im not sure what they were doing!
It was good to go and visit the classes and see what they had been up to and to see the huge imporvements in confidence and abitily with the teachers.
I am glad though, that it is over and now I can sit back and concentrate on my own classes needs for now.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The beginning!!

Well it is week 3 and I am back into the swing of things. It took my body of couple of weeks to realise that there was no nana naps in the afternoon or snack food when ever I wanted!!
My class is interesting. I forget that you have to go back to the beginning and start all over again. I had one parent come in after day 2 and ask me if I was going to be grumpy all year! lol. I said "No not all year. Just until they remember what my expectations are in class!" Ha and I thought I was being nice!! WAIT till they see me really GRUMPY!
We started of this year (day 1) with reflections. I have set one of my homework note books up as a reflective journal. Each day (at the moment) the children have to write a reflection on what they enjoyed today, what they have learned today, and how they felt about this new learning. Most of the children got the language right after 3 days. Some children as always needed that extra support. Now that most of the class are able to do this we have moved onto writing a reflection, what are the next steps with our learning and what are two possible success indicators. I know that I will have to continually go over this with the children but hopefull it will make e-Portfolio reflections a lot more meaningful!
Today was the first of some release.
I worked with the Y4, Y5 & Y6 DigiKids.
We went over our Archives page, was this linked, did it have a table on the page and were our 2009 photos on it. We worked together on how to do all of this and the children went away feeling confident that they would be able to hlep their peers with this.
30 minutes went so fast!!!
Hopefully the Y6 children are going to come back with some ideas on what they want to cover during DigiKids time.