Last week the FDLT Y1 students in the Leicester and Northampton groups explored a variety of apps and tools to support and inspire spoken language in the classroom.
December 17, 2018
December 13, 2018
BA Learning and Teaching students last week visited Adventure Ways outdoor education centre in Moulton. The students, all of whom work as teaching assistants, or in similar roles, learned how the centre works with children and young people who have difficulties coping with school-based learning. The students observed the centre’s staff working with groups of young people, and attended a workshop led by the centre’s CEO, Kurt Perryman in which they were faced with a series of scenarios presented by centre staff and some of their clients.
November 15, 2018
I’ve come across this website which allows you to make your own advent calendar. You can add a message, photos, links to video and links to other digital material.
It is free to use non commercially and can be shared using a link.
It could be fun to make with pupils, sharing their art or photos of events perhaps?
If you make one share the link below!
November 8, 2018
On Wednesday 14th November at 7pm Front Row is recording an arts and education special from Soar Valley College, Leicester. If you are a student based in Leicester this could be a very interesting opportunity for you.
Tickets are free and you can apply for them here.
November 8, 2018
As students of the University of Northampton you have access to a resource called Box of Broadcasts (BoB for short).
You can then use your university username and password to enter the site.
BoB is an on demand TV and radio service for schools. You can both record programmes from the guide and search for programmes, as well as make clips so that you can use exactly the part you want in teaching, making resources and using in presentations. You can also collect and arrange items in folders of your own in an area called ‘MyBoB’.
There are many items on TV and radio that can be of interest to use as students of education and professionals working in schools. You can of course search for media content that you might use in school or are interested in watching yourselves.
Look up the playlist called ‘The Educators’. Here I have collected together some a radio series about key people working in education which you will find interesting to browse through.
October 30, 2018
This is an interesting radio programme, especially if you are in FDLT Year 2, and thinking about the curriculum and how we organise learning in schools. As you listen, think about what the presenter finds out about cross curricular approaches, creativity and how current ways of working relate to future changes in employment for our pupils.
Here is the supporting information:
“Sathnam Sanghera investigates how children can compete with machines for jobs in the future.
We live in a world where robots, algorithms and the incredible speed of computing have replaced jobs that used to be common. Secretaries, bank clerks and factory workers are becoming rarer. In the future, as robots and computers develop, whole new areas of work will be impacted. Even traditionally safe professions like accountancy, medicine and law could be under threat. So how do we make sure our children get the education they need to compete against machines that haven’t even been invented yet?
Sathnam hears from people who have a vision of how to prepare children for the modern world. They include Daniel Charny, the co-founder of Fixperts which gets children to solve practical problems using traditional making skills. Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive of NESTA, the UK’s innovation foundation, talks about what the job market of the future might look like. Andreas Schleicher from the OECD explains how we should begin to measure our children’s skills when thinking about the careers they might have in future.
American educationalist Michelle Garcia Winner teaches what she calls social thinking, the kind of skill that no robot could ever match. Sathnam visits the XP school in Doncaster which is dropping some subjects in favour of getting children to conduct “learning expeditions”.
Sathnam considers whether, in the end, the best way to beat the robots will be to become more human.” (BBC, 2018, lines 1-15)
BBC (2018) How do our kids beat the robots? [online] Available from: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b9z4ng#play [Accessed: 28/10/18]
October 24, 2018
Many FDLT students will be exploring summative and formative assessment. Here are some links to interesting resources to make you think!
Formative and summative assessment, a blog post by David Didau. As well as raising some interesting points this blog post has a reference list that you could use to take you to reading.
Education Endowment Fund, a website with summaries of research projects. You can search this for areas around assessment.
National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), a website with an exploration of a variety of aspects of assessment.
October 1, 2018
It is National Poetry Day on Friday 4th October and this year the theme is Poetry for a Change. There are free resources available for use with children here.
These include the opportunity to take part in a BBC live lesson on Thursday 3rd October from 2pm: details here. It lasts around 35 minutes and is based around similes, metaphor and alliteration. Children will get the opportunity to contribute to a mass live poem!
National Poetry Day (2018) Header image. [online] Available from: https://nationalpoetryday.co.uk/ [Accessed: 1/10/18]
September 27, 2018
If you are interested in exploring creativity in education a good starting point is this blog post written by Paul Carney.
In it he refers to the work of Csikszentmihalyi, who we discussed in sessions in the last few weeks.
An exploration of creativity in a wider sense in society and the creative economy can be heard in the recent episode of ‘Thinking Allowed’ on Radio 4.
July 6, 2018
Compassionate Class is a innovative new programme from the RSPCA that encourages children to develop compassion and empathy through the lens of animal welfare. You can read more about it here.