Archive for January 22nd, 2009

Paddock Wood Primary School, Kent

| January 22, 2009 | 3 Comments 

A magical day at Paddock Wood Primary School, Kent. We had some great, imaginative ideas and inventive thought. Coloured steam rose from Mr Walker and delicate fire flies danced through the hall.

Year 4 Lesson

Year 2 Lesson

Linda Fearnley, Head of Y5 and ICT Coordinator, kindly put these ideas together for us:

“Totally inspiring, fantastic ideas, I’m lost for words. The main thing that came out for me was the thinking ‘out of the box’, maybe how we used to think years ago. Simple ideas delivered effectively, makes you think ‘I could do that’. Fun ways of teaching. Brilliant story telling that engaes both children and adults. All the adults were thinking ‘I can do this!’, I’m sure. They were gripped.”

And Mike Olley, Headteacher, made these comments:

“Inspiring children to write- YES! But much more than that. Inspiring thought, inspiring teaching. In the midst of targets, SATs, learning objectives and success criteria, Tim created a wonderful opportunity to reflect on what teaching is all about, and how every child can be respected for the their unique contributions and creativiity.”

Thank you.

Health Warning

Recently, I received the following email from Tim Harwood….

Hi Tim, have had an amazing week working with you and MYST this week, but thought I should mention that you forgot to warn us about the side effects of your ideas!  I was so excited about using them with my class, I decided to be brave, and so paired up my Year 2 class with Year 3 children and began MYST 3 by standing on the beach.  After about half an hour of the children buzzing, and developing great thoughts about ‘hot sand squeezing between our toes’, and ‘clouds like candy floss’, we decided to write a description of our setting to remind us where we were. I copied your ideas, and read out one child’s work – after telling her how amazing it really was, i asked if anyone else would like to read theirs out?  The hand went up of a really shy, middle of the class ability girl who I had worked with last year, so she read it out.  Then something happened that had never happened to me before – it was so good, and she was so confident to read it to the 60 children in the room, that I was absolutely speechless – there weren’t words to describe to her how proud I was, and (although I’m sure it was dust) it actually made me cry – much to the children’s amusement!  I think your work should now carry a health warning about these dangerous effects!!!  Thank you so much, I know my first ever lesson using your ideas will live with me for a very long time!

Thank you Tim, for sharing these tender moments.

Following a lesson today, I discussed with a group of teachers how sometimes in the game we don’t know what we are supposed to be doing. Unlike Chess, where we know the rules of the game and it is how we use the rules rather than bend them that help us win the game. In these virtual worlds it is more a case of travelling and picking up pieces of information and concepts that we can apply at a later stage, maybe to solve a problem and even enter a new world.

I like Chess, though.

A group of chess enthusiasts checked into our hotel, and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories.

After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse.

“But why?” they asked, as they moved off.

“Because,” he said, “I can’t stand chess nuts boasting in an open foyer.”

Then again, the other night, we were having dinner with Garry Kasporov – Problem was, we had a checkered tablecloth and it took him two hours to pass the salt!

I look forward to hours of satisfying new moves now… with an on-line, simple version of the game HERE.