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  • Suzie Vesper 24 Jan 2013 12:37pm () in The Daily Five adaptions

    Hi all - I hope you had a fabulous break!  I'm starting to gear up for the year and have been reading 'The Daily Five' and the CAFE books and am planning to use this approach during the year. I can see that I need to adapt the system for older students so wondered if anyone else was trialling this approach and how you have made it work in your own class.

    I am thinking at the moment that I will definitely have 'Read to self' and 'Word work' (spelling and vocabulary), and 'Writing' and want to squash in listen to others where possible as I've found some cool online stories. I have a 90 minute block in the morning three days a week and one 60 minute block and then have half an hour four afternoons during the week. Any thoughts are welcome :-)

  • Suzie Vesper 04 Dec 2012 10:45am () in Introductions

    Sounds familiar! My family grizzles too :-)  It sounds as if you have a lot of exciting things planned for the year. It will be a bit of a change from the Year 0-2 class!

  • Suzie Vesper 04 Dec 2012 10:43am () in Introductions

    Hi Sandra,

    I'm going to be in a BYOD iPad class next year so we can set up an area in this group for swapping iPad ideas. Welcome to the group.

  • Suzie Vesper 19 Nov 2012 11:20pm () in Introductions

    Hiya - I'm thinking that this conversation deserves a thread of its own so here is the link to some ideas and links about using these games:


  • Suzie Vesper 19 Nov 2012 11:19pm () in Using gaming to stimulate and motivate

    This snapshot by a Year 3/4 teacher showing how she has used Samorost 2 has just been published and I think this could be easily adapted for Year 7/8.

    Also, check out this blog post by Ewan McIntosh that talks about gaming in general with a focus on how you could use Samorost 2 near the bottom of the post. 

    This wet paint wiki focuses on ways to use the game for English language learners but I think many of the ideas could easily be transferred to first language speakers.

    I think I would definitely use it for describing the scenes, retelling the story, and even coming up with their own ideas for future scenes.

  • Suzie Vesper 19 Nov 2012 11:07pm () in Using gaming to stimulate and motivate

    This thread is a place to look at the place of gaming in Year 7/8 education.  This discussion started in the introductions thread so I am pasting some of that discussion here to kick things off:

    For writing I have begun to look at online games to inspire and motivate students writing, Games like http://www.howrse.com/ , csi:web adventure http://forensics.rice.edu/ and CSR Racing (ipad app.) are proving to be very popular with the students and the interests levels and quality of writing has definately improved - Justin Hickey

    I'm keen to look at gaming next year as well and was thinking of bringing in Samorost 2 and Machinarium as possible options - Suzie Vesper

    I have just checked out both games. The kids love and have commented that is is really challenging but fun. How do you see them being used? I have been giving the students time on the games and then get them to create a character within those games. They have been using the games to help develop their settings and then having them create their own complication and resolution. I am sure there are other ways to incorporate these games into my literacy program, but am not quite sure how at this stage. How do you use the games, or how do you see them being used? - Justin Hickey

  • Suzie Vesper 13 Nov 2012 4:03pm () in Introductions

    This sounds fantastic Justin. Do you have any of your tutorials available online? What 'Teacher Tool's are you referring to? Do you have a link?  I'm keen to look at gaming next year as well and was thinking of bringing in Samorost 2 and Machinarium as possible options. Great to have some other ideas as well. Are you able to post some photos of your working spaces? That sounds really interesting.

  • Suzie Vesper 13 Nov 2012 3:57pm () in Introductions

    Hi Karen - I understand that feeling! I've been out for six years and after visiting the school this morning where I'm going to be teaching Year 7/8, I am feeling slightly freaked out but very excited :-)

  • Suzie Vesper 13 Nov 2012 1:58pm () in Instilling a love of reading

    What strategies do you use to help get the kids reading while making it enjoyable and not a chore?  I'm thinking of getting stuck into some novel studies and allowing quite a lot of choice in reading materials. I also want to keep response tasks fairly open ended and not too onerous. What do you do?

  • Suzie Vesper 13 Nov 2012 1:55pm () in Introductions

    Hi Vicki,
    Our Year 7 and 8 class will be moving to BYOD next year with iPods so keen to hear what tips and tricks you have. Welcome to the group.