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Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Some favourite snaps of learning outside of the classroom... :)

Batik Factory Visit

 Jerejak Residential
 Chinese New Year


We have thoroughly enjoyed a variety of great outdoors learning experiences this year. Year 3 have taken part in the following:
Visit to a Batik Factory (Fashion)
Visit to a clothes factory (Fashion)
Jerejak Island Residential (Rainforests)
Divali Celebrations
Chinese New Year Celebrations
Navigation Around the school (Adventurers and Explorers)
Visit to the local beach (Science)
Adventure to Turtle Beach (Adventurers and Explorers)

Wow...such a busy year! :) 

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Reports, reports, reports!!!

Up the mountain we go! It's that time of the year again when I'm permanently glued to the computer. As I type this post, I have unfortunately got distracted from my reports in the need of having a break! ;-) Whilst I sit here chomping on a double chocolate subway cookie, I am attempting to have a quick 5 minute break. 


Break over! 


1) Set up your student files by gender! This is very simple and stops the issue of needing to find and replace he's, she's, his, her, himself, herself...etc.
2) Inside your gender files, set up 3-4 differentiated folders (Low, middle, middle-high, high)
3) Create a bank of general comments in-line with your differentiated groups, copy & paste for every child in that group followed by a quick edit and tweek. 

If you have any other fantastic ideas to support with this long process...do tell! ;-)

Monday, 6 May 2013

Get your students to mark it for you!! Great tips :)

This post was also shared on The Staff Room

We all know that peer and self assessment is the best way to ensure that our students are truly reflecting on their progress. It's with self and peer evaluation that helps young students learn how to assess their efforts and achieve the highest level of thinking; evaluation. 

What do you think? How do you feel? What do you think you have improved? How have you improved since your last attempt? Was your outcome successful? If so, how? If not, why? 

Not only is self evaluation crucial, peer evaluation offers our students the opportunity to learn how to provide supportive and constructive feedback to others. A necessary skill needed in employment.

It can be very challenging to implement this with our timetable demands. How can we find the time to do this?

Tip 1 - train your students in a few weeks with this simple key! Symbols are quick and easy to complete. Older students can spend more time writing reflection statements whilst younger children can use these as early as KS1.

Tip 2 - Once your students have completed this process, mark their reflections. This allows your feedback to be related to their opinion, making your marking more meaningful. PLUS, this also makes marking quicker and easier for you as they have already outlined and labelled the key above so you don't have to.

Tip 3 - Give your students time to read your marking! I call this R2M (respond to marking). As soon as my children see 'R2M' on the board, they know to sit down with their books, read my marking, make improvements where necessary and finally they sign it to show they have read it. Otherwise, if we don't allow our students time to do this...what is the point in marking? 

QUESTION - There are many different ways to do this. This is just one of them! What do you do? Let us know :)

Thursday, 18 April 2013

LEARNING LOGS - The best idea for engaging children in reading and writing!

Learning Logs

'I love doing my learning log every week. I get to choose my own research topic and I really enjoy making my pages interactive with flaps, questions and quizzes for my reader. It's so much fun!' Innuka, 8 Years Old, SCIPS, Penang.

Are you bogged down with the daunting task of preparing daily homework for your class? Do your activities allow for creativity, choice & independence? Are you setting homework daily, marking daily & feeling frustrated with sheets/books/sheets/books/sheets/books piling up on your desk, on top of your daily class work?

Learning logs are one of the best teaching ideas to inspire children to write. With a purpose, an audience and independence to choose, every child can present their ideas, thoughts and research in their own unique way. A way to improve this scrap-booking log idea further, children could present their research online by blogging either directly or by posting images of their log entry. Parents love this idea as they get to see their child's work and share with wider members of the family. 

In order to manage your work load at the same time as maximising your student's potential...start using LEARNING LOGS with your class. They allow for creativity, independence, research, variety of text-types, presentation techniques with a mixture of writing, diagrams, pictures, bullet-points, facts, questions...plus...STUDENTS LOVE & CHERISH THEM!

As requested, I have included below a short description of how to set these Learning Logs up in your class.

What is a learning log?

A learning log is a large A3 book with plain paper that your students use to complete weekly research tasks. The first task is to ask your class to design a funky front and back cover which is then protected with plastic covering. This helps the book look attractive; something your students will cherish and will last the year. These research tasks should be completed over a few days, not just in one night. This way your students have a better opportunity to complete each part of the research process in detail, overall producing high quality pieces of work as well as learning how to manage their time. 

How are the research tasks structured?

Research tasks should relate to your class topics. Ours are mostly related to our History/Geography/Art or Science units.

What's included in a research log?

TIP - It is also useful to provide your students with a short task sheet outlining their objectives and research choices when setting the task. This way, they can remember at home and parents will also know what is expected.

What makes a learning log successful?

Teach your students how to complete a successful learning log by sharing your expectations with them.

Communication to parents

In order to get the best out of your students and the time given at home, send a letter to your parents explaining the structure of this task. Something like this...

Peer & Self Assessment Opportunities

The best part of this task is watching and listening to your students sharing their research with their peers. We spend a lesson sharing our research tasks with each other every week. They love having this opportunity to shine and feel proud their efforts. After they share their work, they work in pairs to peer evaluate each other by providing constructive feedback. Take a look at some our feedback framework options below...

"Definitely one of the best things I've done in 20 years. There they all were, these little Y2s, on the playground at 8.45 yesterday comparing work they'd done over the weekend!''

Quote from a teacher contributor from http://www.learninglogs.co.uk/

Remember, there are many great ideas out there for making homework fun, meaningful and useful...this is just one of them! If you have another great idea or thoughts about this one...please share here as a comment for everyone :-)

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Message to everyone: A few days left of our Easter break...

Wow! Those 2 weeks flew by :( I could seriously enjoy a further month off by the beach. I enjoyed a lovely weekend away in Bali even though our intended trip was supposed to be 10 days...we kind of spent too much money early on! Oh well...it was a great weekend though! I've really enjoyed setting up my blog and sharing posts with you this holiday. During my teaching term, I will be making every effort to keep this up every week...somehow! My new mission. It's the term of dreaded long report writing again. 

*Does anybody have any great teaching tips to share about this? How to manage your time etc?? Share with me here as a comment, or if you would like your ideas published in the The Staff Room @ www.thestaffroom4teachers.blogspot.com please send an email to me at: staffroom925@gmail.com

It's great professional development, great exposure & completely free...

Enjoy the rest of your break everyone! 

Miss Rix


Please read my article on SUCCESS CHECK POINTS - A great way to ensure formative assessment is effective in your classroom.

Published in the Staff Room @ www.thestaffroom4teachers.blogspot.com

Friday, 5 April 2013

The BLOGFOLIO...have you got one?

The newest word to hit the professional development scene: BLOGFOLIO

With the rapid growth of online social and professional networking platforms, more and more people are connecting and sharing their expertise online. The professional network is huge and I'm still only just getting to grips with twitter, Google+ and Blogger myself, which are only but a few of the networks out there. Long gone are the days where handing a simple CV to an employer would suffice. 

It's become apparent that employers are using these social networking sites to help them find the right person for the job. Do you exist online right now in a professional capacity? If so, how do you come across? Your online profile could be the reason you are successful or unsuccessful in today's employment market. 

It's a dog eat dog world out there with a BLOG vs BLOG attitude...so INVEST IN YOURSELF this year and create a shining online professional profile

As you can see, I have only just created this blogfolio for myself and it's fun. I think I've developed a new hobby and can call myself a blogger. However, even now as I write this post, I am still wondering; what is a Blogfolio? What should be on it? 

Read my tips below on how to create a successful Blogfolio. I will be working on such pointers myself...

1) Choose a quality blog provider

The top 3 most recommended and user friendly hosts at the moment are;

It's the final climb...you've nearly reached the summit!


Great tips on surviving long terms by managing your work/life balance. 

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Goodbye Spring Term, Hello Bali!

Another successful term with Year 3! We enjoyed 3 class trips, our first residential & assembly performance. We loved learning about Fashion & Rainforests! A lot of progress and smiley faces...
but now it's holiday time!

Monday, 25 March 2013

Welcome to my Blogfolio!

Dear Visitor, 

Welcome to my BLOGFOLIO! Here I will update many things related to my professional field, teaching! Blogging seems to be the way forward, so I'm giving it a go and trying something new! I enjoy sharing expertise and have done so in person with colleagues either whom I work with or met at courses, but I've recently joined communities online and it's one of the best sources of professional development out there! The sky's the limit! I love researching interesting articles on the web and getting that feeling of inspiration when you find a good one. If you have a blog, please share your link with me! 

As well as this, I am the creator of two other BLOGS:

1StepEnglish - Description: taps into my Learning English ONLINE platform to support my specialism in English (ESL) Launched January 2013

The Staff Room (Teachers Only) - Description: this is my way of creating a hub for teachers to get together and share great practice...it's also for fun! ;) NEW Launched March 2013

Please follow these links and if they interest you, join us! 

I am new to the blogging world, so your support is greatly appreciated! 

Sharing is caring :)

Take Care, 

Miss Rix