If you've never visited the Lake District, you are really missing out.
It is one of the most beautiful places in the UK, if not the world.
It took place at Keswick School and was extremely well organised by the amazing Rebecca Wylie.
I love my job but I'd be tempted to move if my classroom had views like this:
This is my report of the day. (Anything in brackets wasn't mentioned and is just me thinking out loud).
The day started at 11 with a welcome from Keswick School's headteacher, Simon Jackson.
Anna Bartrum of University of Cumbria, said some opening words and gave us some activities to do to warm us up. These included a watching powerpoint where we had to identify words which flew very quickly across the screen, an activity called "ask 3 people" where we had to ask 3 questions to 3 people to find out information which we then fed back to the group. finally she asked us what all these things had in common with a sandwich.
The first presentation came from Wendy Lightfoot.
Wendy talked about starter activities which are great for practising numeracy and literacy.
order the numbers - give the students numbers as words and get them to put them in order
fizzbuzz - a counting game where pupils count in the target language but replace numbers ending in a 5 with the word "fizz" and those ending in 0 with "buzz".
scrabble - getting students to create valuable words
boggle - give the students a pre-made boggle grid with key words for them to find. (You could make your own using a wordsearch creator and reuse them)
wordclouds - Wendy suggested tagxedo
quick write - teacher starts to write a word on the board students have to guess it before it's finished
definition bingo - students pick words, teacher reads a definition for the students who have to work out if they have that word
first letter last letter game - student says a word, their partner has to say one which begins with the last letter of their partner's word and so on. (You could even make it into game show style activities. See my blogposts on Harry and Chain Letters)
anagrams - useful for consolidating spellings
spot the mistake - (I know lots of teachers hate this! I quite like it. I do these types of activities regularly with my students)
Helen Tucker had to follow that and did extremely well, all things considered. She told us about using the song Léon le caméleon with her primary students and how it was used as the basis for a lesson on colours and to introduce similes.
She also showed us the poetry balls. These were strips of coloured paper with sentences, or lines of poetry on, fastened at the top and bottom with paper fasteners and then can be hung up as a display. I shall be using this idea next term.
Marie Nunes was the next presenter. She showed us her virtual classroom, lakesloveslanguages. It's a weebly account which contains all the information needed by students in each year group from primary right up to A level. There are lots of quizlet quizzes embedded onto it, also there are vocab lists, activities and videos. (It's impressive.)
The penultimate presentation of the day came from Suzi Bewell, who also provided the raffle prizes. She talked about FLAME, which isn't CLIL, in case you were wondering. Suzi talked about transforming language learning and instilling intercultural understanding into our teaching. We shouldn't always talk about the differences between different cultures, we should also talk about how similar they are, she said.
Suzi mentioned these:
Sur le chemin de l'école:
Where children sleep:
and Le Travail des Enfants:
The final speaker was the day's organiser, Rebecca Wylie.
Rebecca told us about how she uses vocabulary mats, there were examples of these on our tables. They were laminated A3 sheets with key vocabulary on them.
She also showed us how she uses classdojo with her groups. (I love classdojo and blogged about it here in 2012.)
The best thing Rebecca showed us was the scratchcards she made.