Saturday, February 28, 2009
Whilst talking to my new friend Wes at the teacher conference I discovered he has a daughter excited about the possibility of making a cooking show. I wondered if any of you are interested in cooking. I certainly love cooking and so does Miss Freeman.
Have you watched Jamie Oliver's highly educational cooking shows? He is brilliant and has a social conscience as well.
I propose that if we can find suitable "hosts" and maybe use our school tv studio or cooking room, we could record brief cooking shows and share them online somehow. We could set up a cooking show internationally and get other kids from around the world and NZ to contribute. I bet Teaching Sagittarian's kids in Thailand would be interested. Perhaps each segment could be designed to share local cooking specialities?
What do you think?
The photo is from a website relating to kids cooking.
If you're a teacher you might want to check out Chrissy's blog. The dance is shown there, although it's a bit fuzzy. Thankfully I don't think you can see me.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Allanah's adobe eportfolio ideas are simple yet powerful. We can embed audio visual records of student achievement directly into documents. e.g. A child's progress in swimming can be video recorded and shared for evaluative purposes. So much more powerful and useful for instruction.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Capabilities for living and lifelong learning
The New Zealand Curriculum identifies five key competencies:
- using language, symbols, and texts
- managing self
- relating to others
- participating and contributing.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Thankfully, my students have been very respectful, mature and diligent in using the blog as a way to communicate, inform, connect, research, share products and collaborate in class discussions beyond the school day.
If there are any students or educators out there who could support my use of public blogging as a means to enrich learning please comment here.
Monday, February 23, 2009
...while I'm at the Learning at Schools conference for teachers in Rotovegas this week
I hope some of you can get online during my presentation [around or before Thursday afternoon] and leave interesting comments on the blog so teachers can witness you interacting with me, [possibly] live. while I present work on students blogging.
If you have any thoughts on the value of blogging as an educational tool you could discuss them here and we will review them at the conference. And how do you feel about the difference between being kept in classrooms and being able to get outside and interact with the world?
I value your input - you are powerful learners and powerful teachers.
mr woody :-)
Anyway, my wife always tells me I am not funny, so don't worry if you don't get it.
Here is an interesting spelling thing from Cambridge University in England:
O lny srmat poelpe can raed tihs.
phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy,
it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm.
Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! if
Psas Ti ON ![Thanks To "Adnerw" for showing us this]
Sunday, February 22, 2009
It's a time for a show down... who was the better author? Mark Twain or J.K. Rowling?
Would you rather read about Tom Sawyer or Harry Potter?
I imagine the answer will be swayed heavily one way, but I suspect if you read more some of the classic literature available, you might be surprised as to how engaging the older novels are. There may not be wizards and magic, but the authors weave their own kind of magic with the brilliance of their story and character development. In some ways, the worlds of Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer, or Dicken's David Copperfield [which I really enjoyed] are as alien to you as the castles of Harry and Hermione's world.
Has anyone read any Dickens or Twain?
You will be soon.... Hooray!
Here is a link to an article on the subject... read the article and be prepared to discuss on this blog and at school. I am interested in your opinions. Also discuss it with your parents, older siblings, other friends or family. Your question for them could be:
"What did you read when you were at school? Does anything stick in your mind? Were you glad you were forced to read classic novels? Do you feel there is any worth in reading the works of famous authors, and if so, what?"
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
So what is this thing we call a nervous system? Is it something we need to look after? Does it have delicate sensibilities? How does it work? Can the thoughts in my head really be the result of biochemical reactions in my brain?
Maybe we should try to understand our brains better... afterall, we use them every day of our lives.
[and is that correct grammar? - "we", "them", "lives"]
Here are some links to online learning resources:
A movie about how the brain works
and this last one is gross, but possibly educational :-)
By the Way - there are at least two homework projects secretly embedded in this post...
[here is one]
- follow the link on the previous brackets to see examples of kid's brain art - you will need to make a poster relating your brain to learning, keeping it healthy, or something similar
As part of our project about getting to know ourselves as learners, we will be investigating art and portraiture. You will be learning to express yourselves artistically. Part of your study will involve studying famous artists and developing a self portrait in the style of a notable artist who appeals to you.
Will you be a future Gauguin, Rembrandt, Picasso, Degas, David Hockney, Egon Schiele or Andy Warhol?
If you allow yourself to give it a go, you may be surprised....
Here are some links to famous artists:
Portrait lesson activities:
http://www.alifetimeofcolor.com [same site again, but a different page]
Intermediate art games:
Can you express your musical reactions artistically?
http://www.alifetimeofcolor.com [it really is a different page, honest]
What would you like to see on this blog?
I intend to include resources related to school work as well as unrelated but interesting topics.
List your interests here and let me know what you would enjoy interacting with in this forum.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
It is so sad to see the images of children, families and innocent babies who have lost their lives in the disaster. We can however take hope from the way people respond in such times of need. Perhaps we could learn to behave this way in everyday life.
Due to the devastating bushfires in South Australia, native marsupials like the dreaded drop bear are losing their habitats and moving into city parks where they and the local humans are at risk.
Australians are rallying together to support each other in this time of need. New Zealand is also helping by sending medical and firefighting experts. I wonder how the native animals could be saved? You may have seen the poor koala on the news with the bandaged legs.
This might give us cause to wonder if what we read is always reliable information. As it turns out, the koala in question was filmed a week before it was sent around the world as a "breaking story". You might also want to research the existence of drop bears and critically analyze your sources of information.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
The USA has a couple more than the UAE but it's amazing to be connected to both countries - amazing in their own right and unique in their own ways.
Welcome aboard, foreign guests. We respect you and enjoy your visits.
Perhaps we will get some comments from people abroad? Honest friendship is welcome.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
So far today I think two or three people are in the running.
The criteria can be agreed upon in class - this is called co-construction - and if we're really clever, we could use secret official government documents to design a rubric against which to assess our fantastic blogging.
General rules would be that you should:
1. Follow the rules of cybersafety
2. Be interesting and creative
3. Use appropriate "school" language
4. Include your own topics of interest, responses to classroom discussion or tasks, and responses to posts on the Woodmonstas blog.
5. Interact with each other and respond constructively to each other's blogs/posts/comments
I have no doubt you guys can do a much more professional and technically proficient job than me. You just have to prove it.
Quality learning! Quality people!
Design your very own Woodmonsta. Perhaps like the one Frank has met in this image by Jim Woodring.
Create a brilliant image.
Describe all habits, habitats, ecological niches, preferences, personal issues, unpleasant quirks, etc.
Post it all on your own blog and lead us to it by commenting here....
How will you do all this??? Clues can be left here as comments also.
[BTW - I love Jim Woodring's illustrations, so you might see a few every now and then]
This blog offers another forum within which to present reasons why individuals should be selected. Create your own blog then write a comment here. Your classmates may even use this forum to ask questions about your policies.
This blog is to be respected, enjoyed and is a valuable part of your new accelerate class extension and enrichment programme. Through this web-based learning we will develop 21st Century learning skills, be connected to a world wide community of learners and enjoy an authentic audience for our work. Each of us will also receive meaningful feedback from multiple sources.
The blog will develop and grow in complexity, as well as being linked to online learning resources, other learners and your own personal blogs. These will become a form of eportfolio.
Please make the most of this opportunity and respect the rules so we can continue to use the internet as a tool for learning. Also remember that everything you publish on the Internet is potentially there forever - even if it gets deleted. You leave a digital footprint that may benefit or hinder you as you get older.
We will also have a class wiki called "Woodmonstas Wonder Wiki". This will contain specific learning activities, planning, links, forums and collaborative learning opportunities.
I hope you enjoy learning this way. Future posts should be more interesting :-)