In my Year 3 class, we are currently looking at 'Chocolate'. As part of this topic, we are investigating what the Spanish conquistadors learnt from the Aztecs. In literacy, we are going to be writing instructions and I wanted to link it to our topic. As a school, we are prioritising STEAM and so I thought … Continue reading Aztec Suspension Bridge STEAM Challenge
It is perhaps more than a little ironic that my last post on here was about getting things done. That was in June. Almost a year of silence… In January 2015, I found out I had a job in Shanghai and would, therefore, be moving my family of four out of our routine lives in … Continue reading How to teach internationally… Deciding to go.
I am very lucky in that I have a bit of time this week to start thinking about the year ahead. It will be my second year in Shanghai and I already feel much more prepared than last year. I know a lot of my students already and how the school works. I am really … Continue reading Getting ready for the new school year… here we go again!
I love to make lists and try to organise myself more. I am constantly punishing myself for not being tidier and not having more of a clue what is going on in any given day, at any given moment. As a teacher, when I’m working at full speed I don’t have time to deliberate over … Continue reading Mindly…. a way to get things done?
One of the big benefits of teaching in an international school is having the Primary and Secondary schools on the same campus. This week it has been Science Week. My children in Year 3 have been focusing on Alexander Fleming - researching him before creating their own Kahoot quizzes. They have also grown their … Continue reading Creating excitement for science!
One of my favourite websites is The Literacy Shed. To many teachers it will be nothing new, but there may be others out there who haven't been fortunate to stumble upon this vast resource of videos and short movies designed to inspire young people to write. The premise is simple, a curated collection of videos … Continue reading Videos to get children talking… and writing!
To say that the app Seesaw: The Learning Journal has changed the way I teach after 8 years in the profession is a big statement. But truthfully this app is what two of my department have called a ‘game changer’. Thankfully the students seem to like it too and with its intuitive and attractive looking … Continue reading Seesaw Review: the app that changed the way I teach…
We have two young children (currently 5 & 3) - it was a massive deal to take them away from everything they know and to somewhere so very different. It was a big risk, but one that is so far paying off... We will write more when we get the chance!
I was reading through Ms Chadd's post on revision ideas and it inspired me to write about my favourite new teaching and assessment tool - Kahoot. Having been introduced to Kahoot a few months ago, I have frequently returned to it as both a fun, interactive time filler and a pre and post-assessment tool. If you … Continue reading Using Kahoot as an assessment tool
For me, planning and organising revision lessons is difficult. You end up with a classroom of students who range from the 'I know all of my weaknesses’ to the 'I don’t know where to start’. And of course once you get to the point that the students can identify their weaknesses (clue checklists, quizzes and … Continue reading 5 ideas to make your revision lessons engaging and possibly even exciting!