Teach for the whole brain

Half-Brain Teaching Isn’t Enough Infographic

“In today’s societies there is a lot of focus on the logical and analytical brain functions. Many schools are cutting the ‘extras’ like art and music. However, students need to be well rounded and really need subjects like those to be considered more than ‘extra’, and while there are many people fighting to keep these programs in schools, the international economy and jobs outlook is demanding more focus on STEM.”

Why Half-Brain Teaching Isn't Enough Infographic
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The more you use your brain the more it grows

The Learning Myth: Why I’ll Never Tell My Son He’s Smart by Salman Kahn from the Kahn Academy looks at ways to ‘grow our intelligence’. With such easy access to resources and activities the potential is there to grow our ‘mindset’.

Researchers have known for some time that the brain is like a muscle; that the more you use it, the more it grows. They’ve found that neural connections form and deepen most when we make mistakes doing difficult tasks rather than repeatedly having success with easy ones.

Kindergarten’s ‘Farm Day’

After a day filled with exhausting ‘farm’ activities all three classes headed to the IRC for some ‘Farm’ stories. First we read two stories illustrated on the Interactive Board attached to a projection lamp so everyone could see the book. Michael Rosen‘s picture book Oww!: A wriggly piglet with a prickly problem was popular then Russell the sheep by Rob Scotton was a real favourite!
Finally we had some good old-fashioned fun singing “Old MadDonald had a farm” with all the puppets and sound effects we could muster.
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Evaluating the quality of online information

In her post on the Edutopia Blog, Julie Coiro, Associate Professor of Education at the University of Rhode Island, suggests ways to develop skills in adolescents dealing with online information.

“An essential part of online research is the ability to critically evaluate information. This includes the ability to read and evaluate its level of accuracy, reliability and bias.”

Four strategies are outlined to assist in developing these skills of discernment.
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Animalia Puzzle a great hit

As a Book Week “Connect to Reading” activity for the High School we set up a puzzle board for a jigsaw puzzle based on the ‘L’ page of the Graeme Base book Animalia. This was a great hit and in less than two days the puzzle was complete and, by popular demand, another started. Year 12 claim it affords great stress relief in their last few weeks of school!
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Anti-Bullying video

“Filmmaker Duncan Toombs, of West Gosford-based production company The Filmery, was asked to make a music video for Australian country music duo McAlister Kemp’s new single Fight Me.
And now the video, which features 120 local schoolchildren from aged five to 13, is a hit on social media, with hundreds of shares on YouTube and Facebook.
“The song Fight Me carries a strong anti-bullying theme and McAlister Kemp wanted this to be reflected in a powerful video,” said Mr Toombs, who shot the film at several Central Coast locations, including the old Gosford Public School site.”
http://www.countrymusicfanzone.com.au/McAlister-Kemp-s-Fight-Me-anthem-becomes-social-media-hit/

Learning technology skills

21 Things 4 Students “was created as an educational and online resource to help students improve their technology proficiency as they prepare for success in the 21st century. This project was specifically developed to provide districts and classroom teachers with resources to help students meet or exceed the 8th grade technology proficiency requirements in Michigan.”

Students all over the world need these skills and this site allows progressive attainment through video explanations and ‘quests’ in 21 areas.

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Maker Spaces in Schools Explained

How the Maker Movement Connects Students to Engineering and Technology” shows how students can learn at a very creative, personal level. This could be applied across many areas of student interest and inquiry and with different means of construction.
Back in the 1970s teachers were trained in various ‘crafts’ to teach students how to make use of the expected increase in leisure time! Now it seems there is a resurgence but for a different reason – to instil creative processes in deeper learning.