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Started by Suzie Vesper 04 Nov 2012 10:36pm () Replies (33)

Hello and welcome to everyone that has been joining the group. I am keen to hear what everyone's interests are and what we could discuss here.  I thought we could all do a bit of an introduction too!

I'm Suzie Vesper and I currently work two jobs: a national Digi Advisor for schools and an online ESOL teacher for 16 Year 7/8 students from around NZ. However, next year I am heading back to the classroom to teach Year 7/8 at Mount Pleasant School in Christchurch. I am keen to talk about anything and everything related to teaching at this level and hope to learn a lot from everyone else. I'm particularly interested in how people run their literacy and maths programmes at this level. If anyone wants help related to web 2.0 tools or Google Apps, let me know as I use these quite heavily in my online school.

So what about you?  What is your background and what are you interested in?

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  • Susan Feron (View all users posts) 01 Dec 2012 2:57pm ()

    Kia Ora,

    I am going to be teaching Year 7&8 next year.  After spending the last three years teaching year 0-2 I am excited about the oppurtunties for creating a class that use digital tools as part of their everyday learning.  At this stage I plan to get digital learning logs / reflective journals established using Gsites.  

    I also want to try a digital version of Lucy Calkins idea of a writers notebook.  I am introducing BYOD by stelth and have asked all the students to have a phone.  I am thinking they could voice record their ideas for writing or even better use whatever notepad tool their phone has.  Maybe they could take photos of places and videos of activities and start a writers blog/ journal page of ideas.  Has anyone else tried anything like this?

    I would love to include computer games in the class as I myself am addicted to real time strategy games.  We will be using mathletics and reading eggspress as I have used these successfully with the juniors.

    I am excited about possibly starting a class web page that the students are responsible for again.   I used to have one when I taught year 4&5 in Christchurch that worked really well.

    As usual I will take on too much and get in trouble for neglecting my family.  

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