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DATT Workshop - Staff Meeting

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By Maria Comments (1)

Our first revisit of our DATT (Direct Attention Thinking Tools) was the C&S (Consequence & Sequel).  We worked in pairs to complete a scenario and then took this back to our classroom.  Our teachers have used it in their various areas including reading.  This was done in small groups to demonstrate what the next steps were.  They summarised the stories and it aided understanding. We found it is a great prediction tool for either before and after the story.  We have new staff who are new to DATT and thought it was great that she was the learner and the students were the teacher because they are used to using the tools.  In saying this there are still students who need more skills.  Our Year Two class used it to predict after the story had ended and were able to predict a good story line.  After their success, they then completed their own version.  In the New Entrants/Year One class a C&S used used to show their thinking about the topic we are inquirying on.  Using spicynodes we could link our thinking and similar ideas.http://mdacre.edublogs.org/2011/06/22/what-we-have-learnt-about-the-kiwi/


  • Valerie Ann Ferry

    This is giving us an opportunity for self-review of our DATT (Direct Attention Thinking Tools) and the way we use the tools in our classrooms. It also helps the new teachers to know how to use the tools. It has been fun for the staff to be mixed up and have to work with someone new each week. (Just like we do to our students!) The more we do - the better we get and the easier it becomes to add DATT to our planning. Our students know the language and can carry out this scaffolded thinking independently and then get to report back to their teacher.