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  • Charlotte Verity 26 Jul 2015 1:39pm () in Self Directed Learning in MLE

    Great idea re asking the students and focusing on 'What do we need to self-manage?' - we have tackled this and come up with: voice; body/moving around safely; tote trays; bags.

    We've also focused on 'How do we work together?' - ensuring we share our ideas; co-operate; look out for/after each other; ask questions/share our learning.


    Have fun, Char

  • Charlotte Verity 26 Jul 2015 11:34am () in Self Directed Learning in MLE

    Hi Elicia

    I am working in a collaborative year 3-4 class, with one other teacher/class in a traditional separate cell block.  We are part of a 5 class team, with the other three in another hub. Noise was an issue, especially in term 1, and given we are working in old style buildings with none of the MLE acoustic controls. We found it very noisy when we have both classes together, partly because of the increased numbers but also because some children weren't as able to self-manage (voice, sitting still etc) with the increased numbers. To this end, we have several students with Autism and other characteristics (dyspraxia, behaviour issues etc) - we found that this children often found it particularly tricky.

    What has helped us progress to a positive working noise level now:

    * Shared understanding of expectations for behaviour whether students are in a small or large group, and follow-through by both teachers

    * Focusing on the positive - those children demonstrating self management, and using lots of peer prompting

    * Rewards/consequences e.g. class points and reward when children settle quickly

    *Having a self-management ' mountain'  on class walls - children have a level and each level and move up/down when demonstrating more self-management

    *  A big focus on showing we care for others and ourselves (by managing our voice, things, showing kindness, working with others outside our friendship group etc) with weekly reflections on this


    We are very much on the learning curve though and I am always keen to hear strategies others are finding effective.  

  • Charlotte Verity 26 Apr 2015 4:01pm () in Best apps to support literacy & numeracy

    These are all ipad apps but some also available through google or app store (eg sumdog app)


  • Charlotte Verity 25 Apr 2015 10:02pm () in Best apps to support literacy & numeracy

    Hi there

    I love using:

    Phonics lite (letter formation, fine motor, phonics)

    News-o-matic (kids newspaper - visual and audio)

    Preschool alphabet (letter formation)

    Pow Strip designer (story writing, cartoons)

    Little Story Creator / Little Bird Tales (story creator)

    Reomations - Te Reo

    Sumdog - maths 

    sunshine online - reading

    I would love to hear any you know of, esp for maths


  • Charlotte Verity 30 Mar 2015 10:25pm () in Collaborative models for collecting anecdotal evidence

    Hi Sam and Mel

    Have you got an example google doc with the hyperlink that you could possibly share?  It sounds great!   We're using google docs in our year 3-4 team too. Charlotte

  • Charlotte Verity 07 Dec 2014 6:57pm () in Wellbeing

    Hi...some of us at my school are very keen on getting a whole school student wellbeing programme underway, and then reviewing and assessing effectiveness. Could this fund be used for that? The money would help us research various programmes in use at other schools, purchase resources/train staff etc.  Look forward to your thoughts!  We're in Chch and noticing there are a lot of socio-emotional needs post quake. Thanks, Charlotte

  • Charlotte Verity 06 Oct 2014 10:04pm () in Collaborative Planning - What does it look like on screen?

    Hi there

    I would love to see your planning templates...we're busy creating numeracy & literacy collaborate planners and assessments recording systems. Thanks - I can share our (draft versions so far!) planners in return. Charlotte


  • Charlotte Verity 18 Sep 2014 10:48pm () in Maths Support Groups

    I've used the Show Me app for early years number knowledge, as described above. It was super engaging and we posted some of the videos onto our blog!  The best way of getting quality video is organising rotations...this was how ours worked:

    1. Rotation one - kids choosing a number card (flash card) and making a poster to show that number using matchsticks, stamps, pictures cut out of magazines etc - independent

    2. Kids choosing a number and counting using materials (bears, cubes, popsticks, tens frames and counters etc) - with parent help or teacher (if collaborating)

    3. Small group use Show Me and explain their group and number writing - with teacher who records on ipad, one child at a time.

  • Charlotte Verity 18 Sep 2014 8:08pm () in Comprehension Apps

    also check out readwritethink.org...go down to 'lesson plans' on left hand side or look for 'comprehension' under learning objective. Charlotte

  • Charlotte Verity 18 Sep 2014 8:02pm () in How do we collect data to support learning?

    I'd also love to access this webinar if possible.  I've used Rubrics (especially effective where students analyse examples of work prior to learning, and then create and agree a rubric) and also lots of 'create and reflect' e.g. create a speech/presentation/poster/construction etc (student choice) to show and share what you have learnt about an inquiry topic or maths strategy.  Charlotte, Beckenham Primary