Why Blog?

I love to share things I come across with colleagues, parents and friends and others interested in matters to do with education. I am particularly interested in inquiry learning, gifted education, fostering independence and growing emotional literacy in our children. You may find posts interesting, you may not. You may agree, you may not but the important thing is you ponder about how it sits with you and your learning journey.

Have a great day!

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Innovative Learning Spaces Means Collaboration

Moving forward effectively with innovative and flexible learning spaces means that you have to work closely with colleagues. There is no hiding behind a closed door with 24 children and hoping that others don't pop in to see what you are doing.

While that is exciting for many it is daunting for others. This article suggests strategies and systems that can be used to contribute to effective collaboration. Many we are already using but these can always be developed to be made more useful.

Great tools to collaboration
Googledocs and sites - share planning, information, ideas and resources
MATEs - Mutually Agreed Team Expectations make how you are working explicit to all
Scheduled Meeting times
Strategic Pairing - designed to complement and bring out the best in each other.

This is a great article from Edutopia that uses these tools and leads to further readings if interested.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Fantastic Posters for the Classroom

I just love edutopia, it is well worth following them on Twitter!

This link came through today and provides access to great downloads to 9 motivational posters for your classroom.