Basic Skills Cymru Regional Workshops 1 – Cardiff

| June 9, 2009 | 1 Comment 

cardiff-june-09-011 The first of a three day “tour” of Wales as part of the Improving Boys’ Literacy in Wales conference and workshop series.

Basic Skills Cymru launched a new campaign in autumn 2008 under the umbrella title of  Read a Million Words Together in Wales.screenshot0131

The focus of this campaign is on boys aged 9-14 years who are reluctant and/or failing readers. For more details about the campaign click here.

To launch this campaign, Basic Skills Cymru held a national conference on November 11th 2008 entitled Improving Boys’ Literacy, at which we spoke.

Now, a series of one-day regional workshops about approaches to improving boys’ literacy. These workshops are for teachers and heads working with boys at KS2 and KS3. They are particularly concerned with boys who are reluctant and failing readers.

Other people delivering these three, day long workshops include Carmel Crevola and Ros Wilson.

Thank you today to the delegates for their super ideas for the definition of Ellie’s word Fligminkle:

– A small amount of time, for example, ‘I will be with you in a fligminkle.’

– A summer fairies uses fligminkle dust to get fruit to grow.

– It’s the peak you see when you have already climbed three and still aren’t at the top.

We will add the rest at the bottom of this post

Fascinated with the design of some hotels we do conferences in. Some are not exactly “wheelchair friendly”. Up twelve stairs just to go down twelve stairs doesn’t make sense to me!

Have you tried Google SketchUp yet? It is a great way to design or recreate the design of a building e.g. make a more accessible hotel design (!?!)

screenshot057Thank you to @bonnieroskes via @NeilAdam on Twitter for the nudge towards this excellent introduction to Google SketchUp.

Darrel Branson’s blog about ICT in Education. Darrel works as the ICT Educator for the Sunraysia Mallee Schools Network which is a Newtork of 33 schools in the North West of Victoria, Australia.

Bonnie is, herself the SketchUp guru, and founder of 3DVinci so it was generous of her to give credit to these great videos.

Sarah’s son, Rhys, has used SketchUp to design The Parkinson Building in Leeds. Go and have a look on Google Earth. It is superb.

– The plastic washer that comes loose under the bolt of a toilet seat.

– The party at the end of the summer term.

– Like a “wipper snapper” – an old English term for a theiving street urchin who specialises in stealing fur products from the rich ….

– To work as part of a special group or team, ‘I’m a fligminkle’

– The enthusiactic welcome by a pet on your return home.

– To tell the most ingenious ‘fib’.

– (adjective) forgetful

– The last screw in a flat packed item of furniture (that’s left over), this is the word you could use.

– The word that goes through your mind as you face another closed door in Myst III

– A creature that lives under your car seat and steals your umbrellas

– It is the noise your mind makes after being on this course!

– All of a cuffufel!!

– How you feel at the end of a course; inspired but tired!

– A part of your brain where ideas grow!

– To annoy or grate on someone – ‘Stop fligminkling your brother!’

– To considerately exchange secrets with a new acquaintance.

– A puzzle/cunundrum .e.g ‘It’s a real fligminkle’

– A day dream

– Pasta, kiwi fruit and ketchup – delicious!

– Type of wart that grows on the end of a wild thing’s nose.

– Swear word

– The little thing that hangs your Christmas decorations on the tree.

– The first thing that came to mind when the waitress at lunch asked me to move to another seat!

– I’m having a fligminkle hairday.

– It’s the feeling you get on the bottom of your feet when you want to put them on something cold.

– An evil foreign shellfish

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  1. Andy Gibbins says:

    A huge thanks to Tim for a fun and inspirational day. The course was very relevant to my mixed year group, low ability class. I took away several ideas to use, to get my boys reading and improving their language skills. I’ll comment again on how they went! Thanks again and hope to be on another of your days in the near future.

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