It's the holidays - Kerry is in Australia enjoying the sites of Newcastle, and I am relaxing at home with my dog Sam, trying to avoid the housework. Kerry and I caught up for a coffee (Lynette), tea (Kerry) and a chat. We met at my school and we just couldn't resist trying the podcast machine. Like kids, we were trying not to laugh in the beginning, but soon enjoyed pretending we were actually radio stars! Listen to our quite pathetic attempt at a podcast - simply click on the microphone.
To date we have had no radio contract offers. We promise to be better next holidays.
I recently used the 'jigsaw' approach to develop note-taking and collaboration skills with my Year 3 class.
Students were placed in groups of 6 (Referred to as their Jigsaw group).
Each member of the group was then assigned a topic to research.
Before commencing I explicitly discussed and modelled note-taking strategies that were essential for this task. I also allowed time for jigsaw group members to chat and set group norms and expectations before students moved away from their 'jigsaw' group to find students researching the same topic.
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For their IPC unit 'Treasure Island', Year 2 students looked at the life and language of Pirates, concentrating on the era from the 16th to 18th centuries. This was the time that inspired movies like Pirates of the Caribbean and stories like Treasure Island and Peter Pan. One of the focus activities for the unit was a library treasure hunt designed to help students gain a better understanding of the DDC and how it's used in the organisation of a library.
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Students worked in pairs to solve the mystery of the treasure map and find the treasure chest. They had to help each other read and understand the question related to Dewey and the organisation of books in the library, find the resource, write the answer and then collect a jewel so they could move on to the next question. Once all the questions were answered they had to follow the map and find the treasure chest. It definitely brought out the competitive spirit in some students who were keen to be first to find the chest! Below is an example of a completed question sheet.
Inquiry Skill - Investigation
One of the outcomes for this unit was to create a better understanding of how the library is organised. By encouraging students to physically investigate the collection through a series of short, written questions, they were able to discover they could find books on their own using our search terminal. They now know how to search within a specific larger number e.g. 520 exists within the range of books catalogued from 500 - 599.
As a teacher librarian the first lesson in the first week of Kinder will always be a challenge, especially if you have them for 2 hours as I did this year. This lesson supports their grade science unit - Living World. The focus of the lesson was penguins, their features and how humans impact on them.
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Thinking Routine - Memory Draw
This routine really develops the skill of observation. Students need to look longer and deeper in order to complete their drawing. I was astounded at the detail some children included. They were on task and drawing for approx 20mins. Some drawings were incredibly accurate others not so much - but all participated and were proud of their work. It was interesting to see some students using their pencils to measure for size.
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