So I went to my first speed learning event on 15/10/2013, armed with all my colleagues who I dragged along in the hope of inspiring them to join twitter (and get some great ideas as well).
The keynote unfortunately let us down which meant the fabulous @blamehound (Nicole Fitzpatrick) and someone else from St Silas school in Liverpool gave some great ideas to start with.
The lady from St Silas @s10_Sarah (Sarah Knipe) showed a unique way of engaging children into talk about their learning with 'Mimi-me's http://reception.stsilasblog.net/2013/10/13/mini-mes/ )
At first I thought this was great for EYFS for getting the children talking and discussing. Then had to really think about how we would use these in KS2.
So my ideas for mini-me's
- the first idea would be to use the mini me's as discoverers. The mini me would be placed on a background and then the children would have to think... Where has mini me been this week? Then use the picture of mini me for a reading activity based on discovering where he has been, what has he been up to, who has he been with. Creating imaginary worlds is not just for EYFS - it is what makes great writers! Could it also be used to look at countries of the world? Could mini me be sent to I different countries around the world and then have his picture taken and then sent back to your school?
- Sarah discussed using the mini me's as firemen etc in role play area. I believe theatre children in ks2 would also be able to use them like this but in different ways. At the moment we are studying Victorians. It would be interesting to see which children would love to role play with the mini me's as Quinn Victoria and the children as their servants.
Following this it was time for the tables. 5tables for 5 minutes each. How to choose? One table was how to use twitter. Another how to use Pinterest. Think I'm ok at them so it that narrowed it to 7, them I discarded the educationcity table. (we already have it in school). That left me with 6 but one was about tracking data. (No thanks, no offence to whoever was running it).
Creating awe and wonder. Creating 21st century learners ready for the future.
When was the last time you just sat and watched / noticed what your children are doing. EYFS do it all the time and know their children amazingly well. When was the last time you just walked, listened and observed the children in your Ks2 class. I do it all the time in maths, it allows me to see who knows it, who can explain it and most of all who doesn't know it. Have a go! Set a task, allow the children time to discuss the solutions, listen in, note down, alter lesson plan, improve understanding!
Blog of Sarah Knipe - EYFS ideas.
FS builds the blocks for whole school achievement. - That's why we all must get it right in EYFS
Active, meaningful, applicable to them.
EYFS principals throughout school will create a curriculum that is brave and challenging for all children. That's definitely something that I would love to see happening, but the pressures of achieving highly in maths, writing, reading and SPAG mean that if a school went down this route and results were not good enough, the teaching and learning of the school would be deemed not good enough. What to do?
This table was given to one of the sponsors the www.yesprogramme.co.uk They have made a range of short videos which show children basically why we teach them what we do. These would be great for showing the children why learning about specific things is necessary but I'm not convinced yet. Maybe when we get the trial of 12 videos to watch and have a discussion with the other members of staff who also saw this I will be more convinced.
Table 3 - Mid Kitchens with @geoffbilling
Geoff gave us a quick run through of the value a mud kitchen has added to his EYFS provision outdoors. More talk, more creation, more inventiveness. More FUN! Although he did talk about a mud kitchen for EYFS the provision for a mud kitchen for KS2 is a massive opportunity that most schools probably are not utilising. Yes, they will get dirty, yes it may be a bit mad. But the children will love it and they will enjoy using it. Ideas on how to use a mud kitchen in ks2 can be found on google, my ideas though...
- have a range of measuring equipment to measure mud, water etc to make mud pies
- have recipe cards, e.g. Use 1/4 mud, 1/4 stones and 1/2 water, how can you make sure you use the correct amounts?
- creative writing - make a cake and then describe the texture, smell etc to the audience for your writing
- calculate timings - my cake takes 20 minutes for every 20g of mud, at what timek do I need to come back outside to I get it out my mud kitchen oven?
The possibilities really are endless. It depends how brave you are!
Using an artist with @clairewithere
A great story of how they took an unknown artist, planned a massive topic around it and ended up having so much success that she went to I Italy to talks about it. I love this idea so much that I am planning on adapting it for KS2. With work on an artist I've never heard of! I love, love, love this idea!!!
Table 5 - Green screening
Once that I was interested in but didn't really tell me anything I didn't already know. Apart from the fact to make it easier I need to get a MacBook for school!! The possibilities re endless for this, you just need the technology!
All in all, a great event that created some great learning for the people there. So glad to see so many students there too, more events such as this and teachmeet are going to carry on. Twitter, Pinterest, teachmeets and now speed learning are definitely the best CPD you can access and all for free!!
Now the thing is, I'm being asked... why don't we organise one for Sheffied Teachers! Ermmmm
I'm a deputy head in Scarborough, England and love using media and tech to develop writing. I'm also a keen advocate of Learning Without Limits and believe in a games based approach to developing mathematicians.