- Peter Dine's retelling of a recent Ofsted experience
- Charlotte Bailey and David Gray's inside outside circles
- Simon Finch's "sex and drugs and sausage rolls" (a serious learning conversation about e-safety and naked hindu dancers)
- Amy Dickinson's use of De Bono's thinking hats in peer assessment (De Bono once claimed the solution to the Arab-Isaeli conflict was Marmite)
- Darren Mead and Fergus Hegarty's metacognitive wrappers and proper piratical scrabble
- Steve Bunce's twelve digital storytelling tools (including the Wagneriser)
Friday, 10 December 2010
Monday, 6 December 2010
Saturday, 20 November 2010
- to motivate and encourage learners
- to develop linguistic progression
- to develop language skills
- to use innovative ideas in their work
Sunday, 14 November 2010
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
Sunday, 31 October 2010
It's a free tool which allows you to make pop up books.
Unfortunately some of the questions are not visible as I had to make the screen smaller to fit the blog.
To access the harder questions you have to click on "more".
Using zooburst is easy once you get used to it.
Unfortunately I accidentally deleted a lot of my earlier attempts.
Perhaps I should have read the instructions.
Wednesday, 27 October 2010
Saturday, 9 October 2010
Saturday, 25 September 2010
Saturday, 18 September 2010
Wednesday, 15 September 2010
Quantum ille canis est in fenestra?
Monday, 30 August 2010
Friday, 20 August 2010
I'm a huge fan of puppets as you probably know, and I think these are a great idea.
Tuesday, 17 August 2010
Saturday, 7 August 2010
I watched the first 30 seconds or so. And then I watched them again. And again. And I realised I had no clue what she was saying.
So over the last few weeks I have been starting to learn Icelandic.
Some people I have told have been politely impressed, while others have given me the look which I translate as "Why?" I have even been asked when I am going to Iceland. The answer is, "I'm not, or at least I have no plans to go at the moment."
Monday, 12 July 2010
Saturday, 10 July 2010
Tuesday, 29 June 2010
Saturday, 19 June 2010
Friday, 11 June 2010
Saturday, 5 June 2010
Wednesday, 2 June 2010
Tuesday, 1 June 2010
- read the questions slowly and, if it isn't an exam, read it out loud.
- write down the question before answering it.
- circle or highlight question words. (who, what, why, where, when, how?)
- teach time management, misreading questions can be a sign of rushing.
- teach students always to read comprehension texts before attempting the questions.
- teach students to read through the questions and their answers at the end.
Saturday, 22 May 2010
- it's a genuine resource and not contrived, made up or cobbled together by a writer of textbooks.
- it's portrays the real (sometimes extreme) views of real French people.
- and most importantly, it contains some of the best French phrases for expressing views and opinions, which our students are expected to know for the exam.
Sunday, 16 May 2010
Saturday, 8 May 2010
Sunday, 18 April 2010
Monday, 12 April 2010
Wednesday, 7 April 2010
Sunday, 4 April 2010
Tuesday, 30 March 2010
- Ideas to help with the last few lessons before pupils go on study leave for their exams
- Ideas to keep Y9 on task after Options have been decided: small projects, resources that could be used etc... (World Cup project?)
- Reflections on MYLO ambassadors meeting and subsequent blog posts
- What were your highlights of Language World 2010? Were you there or did you follow virtually?
- Thoughts about the José Picardo's eBook A Practitioners' Perspective - Should we make an audiobook version? (We agreed that we should)
- So who's coming to MFL Show and Tell 2010 at Nottingham High School?
Saturday, 27 March 2010
Saturday, 20 March 2010
On Monday I had a phone call from a BBC producer. They are making a documentary for BBC2 and wanted to talk to me about some teaching and learning techniques I have used, particularly my use of mobile phones.
Monday was also the day my blog received its 5000th visit. Woohoo!
On Thursday I helped out Clare Seccombe by giving a 15 minute presentation at an event she ran at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, after one of the speakers let her down. The event was called: Making the Most of the World Cup. Her stuff was great.
Thursday was also very special because it was my blog's first birthday. It certainly doesn't seem like a year since I started and I'm really surprised that I've kept it going for so long.
I still can't believe that anyone reads it. Thanks for reading, by the way.
Thursday, 11 March 2010
Monday, 8 March 2010
Saturday, 6 March 2010
...and I don't think it's a train.
Sunday, 28 February 2010
wordle.net is Down Until Further Notice
I am seeking pro bono legal advice, to evaluate
a trademark claim against my use of the word "Wordle" for this
web site. If you're an intellectual property lawyer, with expertise
in trademark law, and you wish to offer professional
advice on this matter, please contact me.
So if you know such a lawyer, or are one yourself, please get in touch with Mr Feinberg at your earliest convenience.
Oh, and one final thought, if the educators on twitter spent as much time trying to help Mr Feinberg as they did trying to find another, similar (but obviously not quite as good) tool they can use for free with their students, the problem would be solved in no time at all.
I really hope that it is.