Category Archives: learning support

Should we be working one on one with children?

What is the value of working one on one with a child? M started coming to me, once a week, for 45 minutes, 3 years ago. At the time, his mindset was that he could not and would not do … Continue reading

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The important thing about learning at exhibition time …

The important thing about learning is that it is erratic, unpredictable and considerably different for individuals. The thing about the last few days of the school year is that everything usually starts to feel like it is winding down. This … Continue reading

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A successful provocation

The ‘Beyond Ourselves’ 2018 Conference is over. The invitation to the Sharing the Planet unit is shared. Our hope is that it has sparked an interest and that children would have had the opportunity to broaden their understanding of the … Continue reading

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Thank you, Dear Teacher …

Dear Teacher, Thank you for taking the time to get to know me. For considering who I am. Where I come from and why I seek attention. Thank you for giving me the extra time I need to think before … Continue reading

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Documenting small group learning

Selecting children to be part of a withdrawal maths group was a process. As a rule, I am not in favour of withdrawing children to “support” or “enhance” their learning. However, sometimes, rules need to be broken. The group of … Continue reading

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Shifting from teacher to learner …

Extracting “big ideas” is the key – how can we apply what we learn to other things? I spent a week out of my teaching role, in the role of the student learner for a week. Much of what I … Continue reading

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New maths assessment required

Formal assessment for the sake of collecting data makes no sense to me. I am opposed to anything that is the cause of unnecessary stress and anxiety to learners; generates extra work for teachers and does nothing to inform learning … Continue reading

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HONOUR THE CHILD

At a recent IB Conference, Jayne Pletser leaves me with these profound words, “Honour the child”. Which leads me to ponder, what, at the end of the lesson/ day/ week/ term/ school year do we do to honour the child? … Continue reading

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Learning modifications for all …

In an attempt to create individual learning plans that are meaningful and useful, we have launched a mini inquiry. We are noticing that there is a myriad of accommodations that teachers make without even thinking about them. Things like: including … Continue reading

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Maths – skills taught in isolation?

Our maths session begins before I walk into the room today. The children have spotted this image on my desk and are chatting about how to solve it. We don’t all get the same solution and spend some time trying … Continue reading

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