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I have reflected previously that I would embed the topic from PSD into developing the students ICT & digital literacy skills, however as the end of 1/2 term approached I felt that it was becoming increasingly challenging to keep the students engaged for 4 hours on a single topic. So today I have changed tack and had two distinct sessions: 2 hours of PSD and 2 hours of ICT.

Over the past couple of weeks I have also been increasingly aware that the iPad project has been dominating my thoughts and my planning with this group so I was keen to have a more balanced lesson this week. Read more ►

Tech for Learning Round Two

The second course starts tomorrow night. I’m disappointed that more internal staff aren’t doing the course this year, but I understand that having to find £200 to part self-fund is a big ask in these financially challenging times.

But I am excited to have some external candidates this year. I think it will bring a different perspective to the course.

The interviews last week highlighted the variety of experiences of everyone, in terms of subject specialism and experience with technology. The themes that came from the interview : Read more ►

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I actually enjoyed class today. I know – only 4 weeks in, and 4 weeks of stressing and nerves and over planning – but today I felt relaxed and ready to take on the 16-18 tech challenge. I could grow attached to this group.

I had a colleague, from my Teaching Triangle, come to class today and I few things stood out for me from our discussion. Read more ►

The fog lifts

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I may actually be starting to get my head around my new 16-18 ESOL group. I definitely spent the first two weeks in a kind of fog where I felt every thought I had led down the dark alley  of cluelessness.

The first week was a pretty traditional ESOL-y first lesson, with getting to know you activities and a college induction and class rules. So far so predictable. Except it wasn’t predictable. I wasn’t at all sure how the lesson would go at all – as it turns out the much over planned college tour using QR Codes and iPods was a Big Flop while the ‘draw a good student/a bad students/a good teacher’ went fairly well. Read more ►

I’ve done it. A lesson with iPads

September 23, 2013ESOL, reflections, teaching
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I was so incredibly nervous at the start of lesson. I knew this week I had plenty of tasks to keep the pesky ‘wizz though everything fast’ 16-18s so it wasn’t that. I think I had the groups pretty well sorted out so it wasn’t that. I have to put my hands up and say it was the tech. I know I was nervous at the beginning of the Tech for Learning course, but after the first couple of weeks this soon went & I wasn’t ever bothered by the ‘tech’ issue.

So it’s probably been good for me to be reminded of what that feels like. To have butterflies about trying something new, with technology. I’m pretty sure this is a lot of teacher’s default positions. Read more ►

Class iPads – a new challenge

As if I don’t have enough on my hands with a new age group (yes, this year I am teaching 16-18 ESOL. Gulp), and two new curriculum (it’s no ordinary ESOL- if such a thing exists – I’m teaching PSD and IT. Double Gulp) I am going for broke and want to trial using iPads in the classroom.

Being a bit of an iPad fan (s0 much of my professional development revolves around the ease of acccess to my fabulous PLN through my device) I very much see iPads as personal devices. So I have been very reluctant to consider using them in the classroom. Read more ►

taking a step back

step back

It has taken me almost a week to be able to get enough of a perspective to be able to sit  down and write about my first two weeks of my new 16-18 ESOL. Why? I have struggled to really unpick what has been so challenging about the first two lessons.

After my second lesson on Monday here’s about all I could manage in 140 character installments Read more ►

ESOL staff training day

Fortune Teller
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Firstly, completely gorgeous to spend a whole day with my lovely ESOL colleagues. It has been many years since I have had the opportunity to attend this annual ESOL event – a tradition that I was involved in starting in my role as Senior Tutor many moons ago.

To be completely honest it has been a mixed day of eager, stomach-churning, start-of-term-new-class-to-come anticipation and heavy-hearted dispondancy. Read more ►

On your marks …..

It has been six weeks since the high #learnpod13, my discovery of Edcanvas & all my excitement about having a long summer to think and reflect. Plans of blogging these thoughts have clearly not materialised as I have fully embraced  non-workness and thoroughly indulged in  experiencing the beautiful sunshine in the company of my Boisterous Boy.

Although my dreams have been dominated by showing up to my first 16-18 ESOL class with no plan, when my waking thoughts have turned to work I’ve found myself pondering the CELTA. I feel that the course was a little neglected last year as I was so focused on the new Tech for Learning Delivery course. Read more ►

Edcanvas, online quizzes & sunshine

The Teacher Ed department at college have agreed to trial running parts of the induction next year as blended learning, particularly around the use of the social media sites Twitter and Yammer.

Starting with the Twitter Induction, I started looking last week at using the Lesson function within Moodle. On my love-hate relationship spectrum with Moodle I was certainly very very close to the ‘hate’ end. I spent what felt like a good chunk of the afternoon structuring the resources and activities within the Lesson but it didn’t fit right and I was really struggling to get it to work. Granted, I have only ever made two Lessons in Moodle before, and that was over a year ago so it was really back to basics. But it was hard. Read more ►