Freedom to come and go

http://www.upworthy.com/a-new-kind-of-kindergarten-design-encourages-kids-to-be-their-silly-selves

classrooms open to the outdoors, some students in boxes (classrooms) can become nervous, scared and try to hide.  Let them go and they will come back.  Need an element of danger, risk, teaches them to assess risk and to help each other, create society.  Less individual, egocentric behaviour, more teamwork through necessity.  Noise is normal and appropriate.

Student blogging

Colin and I have discussed the possibility of setting up individual student blogs.

My students really enjoy our class blog and have enjoyed writing it together.  I am looking at more ways to give students the opportunity to write and to get feedback on their writing and am considering using kidblog to give each student their own online space to write.  This article gives great advice on how to get started and how to discuss online etiquette to really boost the quality of the writing being done online.

3 Tips for Successful Student Blogging

Ideally this could be linked to our class blog and be a way of collating student evidence as a type of portfolio.

Our class blog can be found here http://www.waikino.school.nz/room-2 though what I find is that there is minimal engagement in the blog from class families.  By adding individual student blogs where parents are linked to their child’s work we may be able to increase traffic to the school blog/website and therefore their child’s learning.

Child’s views on learning

Some holiday reading that is written in kids speak, using child’s language and giving their views on classrooms, teaching and learning.

Holmes, J (1999) Learn, Think, Live – Mike Scadden’s amazing new method of learning.

I’m wondering whether I know this about the students I teach? Have I ever asked them what they think of our classroom environment, how they like to learn or how they’d like to be taught?

In most cases I make a judgement about their style of learning as I get to know them, I observe them in different situations and adjust my program and classroom in response.

What sticks out for me is the highlights for students, the things that I didn’t expect and the things that I would only know about my day, lesson, classroom etc. by asking.

I would like to read this with my class to prompt discussion and to them confidence in their responses.