Archive for December, 2010

WISE Conference, Qatar – Creating Teachers for Tomorrow

| December 8, 2010 | 2 Comments 

An honour to take part in the “Creating Teachers for Tomorrow” session at The World Innovation Summit for Education here in Doha, Qatar.

For the session there were two of us on the panel: Professor Stephen Heppell and myself, and the panel was chaired by Andrew Bethell from Teachers TV. Continue Reading

World Innovation Summit for Education -WISE- Qatar

| December 6, 2010 | 0 Comments 

What a privilege, to be invited to the World Innovation Summit for Education – WISE – in Doha, Qatar.

A “fascinating” trip here on Sunday, which saw us have to change route, meant that we arrived safely, but our luggage enjoyed an extra trip. Part of it, we know, is in Geneva. And it is still there. Another suitcase has gone on a slightly more adventurous, independent, journey, and is… who know where!

That has not stopped us having a superb time. It just means we are a little monotonous in our outfits. We do wonder whether people will soon start sensing our arrival, before they see us. :-) Continue Reading

Tim Rylands at Broadgate Primary School with Leeds Trinity

| December 3, 2010 | 1 Comment 

Thoughts on the day by Graham Jarvis, Lecturer at Leeds Trinity Universtiy College 

From the moment the children entered the hall they were involved and engaged and the rapport between yourself and them was obvious.

Working with Years 1 and 2

In many ways, on reflection, I had asked you to perform three difficult things:

  • Teach the children
  • Involve and engage the staff and other adults
  • Help students be involved and see teaching and support them in understanding how children could be involved, motivated and learn

The uses of the image was fascinating to me-that so much could be drawn from it and challenge the children to think of different words-to avoid ‘uhm’!! and really get them talking and thinking creatively.

There were so many different elements to the session so although the children sat on the mats for a while and then moved to tables for writing and back again it was obvious the children enjoyed it, there was no lack of involvement, and the faces of the children said so much. It is a long time since I have watched children where their faces said so much about how much they were enjoying learning, and doing and responding. I keep going back to photos on the Blog and looking at those faces-they speak volumes.

The students could not but help notice all the different strategies used: Continue Reading

Piano chord visualiser

| December 2, 2010 | 1 Comment 

Visual depictions of chord layouts, whether it be for piano or guitar, are always useful for many levels of musician.

If you have students learning the keyboard, this Piano chord visualiser could help them with the structure of, even some of the more advanced, chords.

Leeds Stimulating Writing through ICT: Days 1+2

| December 1, 2010 | 1 Comment 

The third of our Leeds “Stimulating Writing through ICT Conferences” to develop the use of ICT to engage and motivate writers, which was due to be held at Leeds City Museum, followed by a day at Burley St Matthias C of E Primary School, has had to be cancelled, due to the heavy snow in Leeds, and the surrounding area.

Watch this space to find out when the are rescheduled. :-)

Leeds Trinity- Broadgate Primary School, Horsforth

| December 1, 2010 | 0 Comments 

Snowed under with enthusiasm at Broadgate Primary School, Horsforth, with students and staff from Leeds Trinity University College. Continue Reading