Mrs A's Blog

My Rambling Thoughts on Teaching and Learning

Real Life Vs School

I’ve recently been thinking about real life compared to school… This was spurred on by a YouTube clip about learning through games.   The tipping point for me was the statement made by James Paul Gee that we trust learning through games more than we trust learning through school.  This was explained by the example […]

End of Year Exhaustion

Well…  I made it… JUST… to the end of the school year… 2013 has been yet another busy and satisfying year. However my question is how do you avoid the end of year exhaustion?   I know I should sleep more and probably not cram so much in…  Would love to hear how others avoid […]

Foundations of Teaching for Learning…

I recently started a Coursera course entitled Foundations of Teaching for Learning.  I have to admit that I signed up because I was interested in unit 3, 6 and 8 of the course (I’ve only just started unit 2) and felt that I’d struggle with those units if I didn’t complete the other 5.  I […]

Game On!

Gamification  is an interesting concept that if implemented well can chanage the way your classroom works.  Below is the resources I have put together for my presentation at #ELHst13. At a time when we are all trying to provide individualized and differentiated courses for our students finding ways to engage and give our students choices […]

One Device, Two Devices, Three Devices, More!

Managing Multiple devices is not an easy process and on last count I have a crazy 6 mobile devices (iPad 1, iPad 2, iConia A700, iConia A500, Nexus 7 and an iPhone) I use them all every day because they all have a different purpose for me. So how do I manage them. I choose […]

It’s Hard to be a Kid!

I didn’t realise until the last few weeks just how hard it is to be a kid in High School. I know as an adult I would love to redo high school and with all the knowledge I have now.  Life would have been very different I am sure.  My 13 year old was ill […]

Do I Need to Know This For The Test Ma’am?

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about assessment in the classroom lately. And I’m trying to get my head around how much especially in the Senior Years (11 and 12) we bombard kids with formal assessment.    I’m talking about the assessment that we give at the end of a topic or unit.  The […]

Quiz Me!

Spent some time investigating Online Quiz sites over the last week – for an idea I’m having for differentiated learning…  While I haven’t worked out the fine details I thought that I would share what I discovered on Quiz sites.  Here are my favourites from my investigation… eQuizShow (http://equizshow.com/) Create and browse quizes. Set out […]

Flippin’ Over…

This year we are being challenged as a staff to take on three goals.  One is based on the Strategic Directions, one is a team goal and the other is a personal goal.  My personal goal this year has been to Increase my knowledge and challenge my understanding of the flipped classroom to support teachers […]